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Verdi and Puccini Heroines: Dramatic Characterization in Great Soprano Roles

by Geoffrey Edwards & Ryan Edwards

Artistically limited by the bel canto musical tradition popular at the time, Verdi launched a new style dramma per musica which also demanded a new soprano archetype. This book illustrates the musical evolution...


Transported by Song: Corsican Voices from Oral Tradition to World Stage

by Caroline Bithell

This book is an ethnomusicological investigation into traditional and contemporary music in Corsica, with a critical analysis of associated theoretical and ideological issues, focusing particularly on the evolution...


The Duduk and National Identity in Armenia

by Andy Nercessian

The book is an outline of the Armenian duduk, a cylindrical double-reed aerophone made of apricot-wood, and its relation to the Armenian identity. It attempts to deepen our understanding of musical instruments...


Musical Composition: Projects in Ways and Means

by Ellis B. Kohs

Designed to help student composers achieve technical mastery and artistic growth.


Binding and Care of Printed Music

by Alice Carli

This is a necessary reference for music librarians and composers who want to gain both specific skills and new perspectives on the central issues of binding and care.


Resonances: Noise and Contemporary Music

by Michael Goddard, Benjamin Halligan & Nicola Spelman

Resonances is a compelling collection of new essays by scholars, writers and musicians, all seeking to explore and enlighten this field of study. Noise seems to stand for a lack of aesthetic grace, to alienate...


A Performer's Guide to Renaissance Music

by Jeffery Kite-Powell

Revised and expanded since it first appeared in 1991, the guide features two new chapters on ornamentation and rehearsal techniques, as well as updated reference materials, internet resources, and other new...


Menahem Pressler: Artistry in Piano Teaching

by William Brown

As soloist, master class teacher, and pianist of the world-renowned Beaux Arts Trio, Menahem Pressler can boast of four Grammy nominations, three honorary doctorates, more than 80 recordings, and lifetime achievement...


Bach's Cello Suites, Volumes 1 and 2: Analyses and Explorations

by Allen Winold

J. S. Bach's Suites for Unaccompanied Cello are among the most cherished and frequently played works in the entire literature of music, and yet they have never been the subject of a full-length music analytical...


Talk About a Dream: The Essential Interviews of Bruce Springsteen

by Christopher Phillips & Louis P. Masur

Bruce Springsteen often prefers to let his music do the talking. His onstage stories and shaggy dog tales have long entertained his fans, but his songs and his guitar provide the most direct line to their hearts....


Syd Barrett and British Psychedelia: Faber Forty-Fives: 1966?1967

by Rob Chapman

Syd Barrett and British Psychedelia is an intimate snapshot of the years 1966-7, when the underground's house band, Pink Floyd, were cast blinking into the light of mainstream success. Nurtured in the progressive...


Fairport Convention and Electric Folk: Faber Forty-Fives: 1967?1970

by Rob Young

Fairport Convention and Electric Folk tells of the blossoming of British folk music in the late sixties, as rediscovered pastoral sensibilities aligned themselves with electric instrumentation. The album that...


Orchestral Performance: A Guide for Conductors and Players

by Christopher Adey

A comprehensive guide to the techniques of orchestral playing and the development of non-professional orchestras, Orchestral Performance covers all areas of orchestral music-making - instrumental technique and...


Oh Boy!: Masculinities and Popular Music

by Freya Jarman-Ivens

From Muddy Waters to Mick Jagger, Elvis to Freddie Mercury, Jeff Buckley to Justin Timberlake, masculinity in popular music has been an issue explored by performers, critics, and audiences. From the dominance...


Revolt into Style: The Pop Arts

by George Melly

The redoubtable George Melly: flamboyant jazz singer, sexually ambiguous raconteur, prodigiously gifted critic. In the early sixties, at the birth of what we now recognise as the pop revolution, Melly began...


Prince

by Matt Thorne

Legendarily reticent, perverse and misleading, Prince is one of the few remaining 80s superstars who still, perhaps, remains unexplained. Now a firm fixture in the pop canon, where such classics as 'Purple Rain',...


Music as Alchemy: Journeys with Great Conductors and their Orchestras

by Tom Service

How are conductors' silent gestures magicked into sound by a group of more than a hundred brilliant but belligerent musicians? The mute choreography of great conductors has fascinated and frustrated musicians...


How to Hot Rod Your Fender Amp: Modifying your Amplifier for Magical Tone

by Jeffrey Falla & Aurora Johnson

This guidebook shows owners and dreamers the basics of getting the best sound possible out of their Fender amp with simple and advanced modifications. These include essential and fundamental tips like selecting...


Just Add Music: Top 50 Plus 5

by David J. McMullen

Synopsis:

Everyone loves a song! But what is a song?

To pare it back to basics, a song is a three- to five-minute story usually set to music. It generally consists of three or more verses tied together by...


Maggie's Boy

by Beryl Kingston

When Alison marries Rigby Toan she cannot believe her luck. Rigg is the perfect husband � loving, ambitious and attractive � and everybody envies them their happiness.

But when the recession takes hold Rigg�s...