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The Ring of Myths: The Israelis, Wagner and the Nazis

by Na'ama Sheffi

In the fall of 1938, following Kristallnacht, the symphonic orchestra in Palestine cancelled the performance of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. No one could foresee that this would be the beginning of a never-ending...


Robert Ward's The Crucible: Creating an American Musical Nationalism

by Robert Paul Kolt

In Robert Ward's The Crucible: Creating an American Musical Nationalism, Robert Paul Kolt explores the life of the leading American composer Robert Ward through an examination of his most popular and enduring...


Blue Smoke: The Lost Dawn of New Zealand Popular Music, 19181964

by Chris Bourke

Bringing to life the musical worlds of New Zealanders both at home and out on the town, this history chronicles the evolution of popular music in New Zealand during the 20th century. From the kiwi concert parties...


Musical Mysteries: From Mozart to John Lennon

by Albert Borowitz

Crime has formed the basis of countless plots in music theater and opera. Several famous composers were murder victims or believed to be murdered, and one of the greatest Renaissance composers slaughtered his...


Music in the Post-9/11 World

by Jonathan Ritter & J. Martin Daughtry

Music in the Post-9/11 World addresses the varied and complex roles music has played in the wake of September 11, 2001. Interdisciplinary in approach, international in scope, and critical in orientation, the...


The American Reed Organ and the Harmonium

by Robert F. Gellerman

Covers the history, construction, manufacturing, tuning, restoration, and music of these classic American and European parlor instruments.


Gellerman's International Reed Organ Atlas

by Robert F. Gellerman

This second edition of Gellerman's classic reference work is a must for collectors and aficionados of reed organs.


Alaturka: Style in Turkish Music (1923-1938)

by John Morgan O'Connell

The early-Republican era (1923-1938) was a major period of musical and cultural change in Turkey. Alaturka: Style in Turkish Music is a study of the significance of style in Turkish music and, in particular,...


Folkways Records: Moses Asch and His Encyclopedia of Sound

by Tony Olmsted

In 1949, immigrant recording engineer Moses Asch embarked on a lifelong project: documenting the world of sound produced by mankind, via a small record label called Folkways Records. By the time of his death...


Historical Dictionary of Romantic Music

by John Michael Cooper & Randy Kinnett

The Historical Dictionary of Romantic Music covers the history of this period through a chronology, an introductory essay, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 500 cross-referenced...


Don't Stop Thinking About the Music: The Politics of Songs and Musicians in Presidential Campaigns

by Benjamin S. Schoening & Eric T. Kasper

The book discusses the use of music in presidential campaigns and the factors that have caused changes to occur (1) within the music used by campaigns and(2) music developed independent of those campaigns. The...


The Italian Cantata in Vienna: Entertainment in the Age of Absolutism

by Lawrence Bennett

Lawrence Bennett provides a comprehensive study of the rich repertoire of accompanied vocal chamber music that entertained the imperial family in Vienna and their guests throughout the 17th and early 18th centuries....


Illegal Harmonies: Music in the Modern Age

by Andrew Ford

A delightful and informative history of modern music.

Harmony is created by bringing sounds together. In music lessons, we learn how to do this in a formal way: we learn about chords and keys, and we are given...


Erik Satie: Music, Art and Literature

by Caroline Potter

Erik Satie (1866-1925) was a quirky, innovative and enigmatic composer whose impact has spread far beyond the musical world. As an artist active in several spheres - from cabaret to religion, from calligraphy...


British Women Composers and Instrumental Chamber Music in the Early Twentieth Century

by Laura Seddon

This is the first full-length study of British women's instrumental chamber music in the early twentieth century. Laura Seddon argues that the Cobbett competitions, instigated by Walter Willson Cobbett in 1905,...


Music and Theology: Essays in Honor of Robin A. Leaver

by Daniel Zager

Music and Theology is a Festschrift honoring Dr. Robin A. Leaver, reflecting his interests in the history of sacred music with particular emphasis on studies related to Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750).


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...


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...


Musical Motley

by Ernest Newman

Excerpt:

. . . Composition, it is rather curious that while I was writing on our too great readiness to admire everything a classic does, merely because he is a classic, someone in the Times Literary Supplement...


On Music and Musicians

by Robert Schumann, Paul Rosenfeld & Konrad Wolff

Edited by Konraad Wolff

Translated by Paul Rosenfeld

With twenty black-and-white illustrations

Schumann’s literary gifts and interests almost equaled his musical ones.  From boyhood on he was drawn to literary...