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Three Questions for Sixty-Five Composers

by Balint Andras Varga

Do today's composers draw inspiration from life experiences or from, say, the natural world? What influences, past and present, have influenced recent composers? How essential is it for a composer to develop...


The Performer's Voice: Realizing Your Vocal Potential

by Meribeth Dayme

An essential guide to how the voice works; and how to realize its potential.Concise, accurate, and accessible, The Performer's Voice explains how the voice works and how to use it efficiently. Emphasizing the...


Charles Ives in the Mirror: American Histories of an Iconic Composer

by David C. Paul

A unique reception history charting the composer's hard-fought rise to preeminence


The Persistence of Sentiment: Display and Feeling in Popular Music of the 1970s

by Mitchell Morris

How can we account for the persistent appeal of glossy commercial pop music? Why do certain performers have such emotional power, even though their music is considered vulgar or second rate? In The Persistence...


West Side Story: Cultural Perspectives on an American Musical

by Elizabeth A. Wells

West Side Story: Cultural Perspectives on an American Musical presents a major scholarly study of the famous American musical West Side Story, viewing the work from cultural, historical, and musical perspectives....


This Music Leaves Stains: The Complete Story of the Misfits

by James, Jr. Greene

This Music Leaves Stains presents the full story behind the Misfits and their ubiquitous, haunting skull logo, a story of unique talent, strange timing, clashing personalities, and incredible music that helped...


Harpsichord and Clavichord: An Encyclopedia

by Igor Kipnis

The Harpsichord and Clavichord, An Encyclopedia includes articles on this family of instruments, including famous players, composers, instruments builders, the construction of the instruments, and related terminology....


Keyboard Music Before 1700

by Alexander Silbiger

Keyboard Music Before 1700 begins with an overview of the development of keyboard music in Europe.  Then, individual chapters by noted authorities in the field cover the key composers and repertory before 1700...


Music in 1853: The Biography of a Year

by Hugh Macdonald

Why 1853? For many leading composers this year brought far-reaching changes to their lives: Brahms emerged from obscurity to celebrity, Schumann ceased to be an active composer, and both Berlioz and Wagner became...


Richard Wagner and the Centrality of Love

by Barry Emslie

Richard Wagner and the Centrality of Love' is a bold book which argues that Wagner's music dramas cannot be understood if treated separately from his essays, his life, the intellectual and artistic climate of...


Beethoven's Chamber Music in Context

by Angus Watson

Beethoven's Chamber Music in Context' provides professional and amateur musicians, and music lovers generally, with a complete survey of Beethoven's chamber music and the background to each individual work -...


Out of Silence: A Pianist's Yearbook

by Susan Tomes

Out of Silence' is a diary of a year in Susan Tomes's life as a performer. Taking as its inspiration Schumann's remark that 'I am affected by everything that goes on in the world, and I think it all over in...


Dear Dorothy: Letters from Nicolas Slonimsky to Dorothy Adlow

by Nicolas Slonimsky & Electra Slonimsky Yourke

In the mid-twentieth century renowned musicologist, conductor, and lexicographer Nicolas Slonimsky traveled to cities throughout the world to play and conduct music of the American avant-garde. From trips to...


Unmasking Ravel: New Perspectives on the Music

by Peter Kaminsky

"Unmasking Ravel: New Perspectives on the Music" fills a unique place in Ravel studies by combining critical interpretation and analytical focus. From the premiere of his works up to the present, Ravel has been...


Song and Social Change in Latin America

by Lauren E. Shaw, John R. Baldwin & Carmelo Esterrich

Politics and music are intertwined in this study of different musical forms in Latin America from the twentieth century to the present as scholars from diverse disciplines analyze various musical genres contextualized...


Rhythm Without Blues: The Dichotomy of a Music Genre

by Dr Syleecia Thompson

Synopsis: If you've ever felt the blues, sang the blues, or simply love rhythm and blues, Dr. Syleecia Thompson's tell-all book will make you appreciate this nearly 70-year-old music genre even more. This insider's...


Armida & Amadis & Roland: Three Opera Librettos

by Philippe Quinault & Frank J. Morlock Author

In these three librettos, Philippe Quinault turns from classical opera to medieval legends--Renaud and Armida, Amadis and Oriana, and Angelica and Roland--exploring the tensions between love and glory. As usual,...


A History of the Trombone

by David M. Guion

This book, the first in the American Wind Band series, is a comprehensive account of the development of the trombone, from its initial form as a 14th-century Medieval trumpet to its alterations in the 15th century;...


A Research Guide to Film and Television Music in the United States

by H. Stephen Wright, Jeannie Gayle Pool & Leonard Maltin

This volume addresses the difficulties scholars encounter when conducting research on film and television music, providing a detailed taxonomy of film music primary sources and explaining how to find and interpret...


Sovereign Feminine: Music and Gender in Eighteenth-Century Germany

by Matthew Head

In the German states in the late eighteenth century, women flourished as musical performers and composers, their achievements measuring the progress of culture and society from barbarism to civilization. Female...