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Poulenc A Biography
ISBN: HB: 9780300226508, Yale University Press, April 2020
352 pp., 23.4x15.2 cm, 30 colour illus.
Francis Poulenc is a key figure in twentieth-century classical music, as well as an unorthodox and striking individual. Roger Nichols draws upon Poulenc's music and other primary sources to write an authoritative life of this great artist. Although...
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Irving Berlin New York Genius
ISBN: HB: 9780300180480, Yale University Press, January 2020
424 pp., 21x14.6 cm, 1 black&white illus.
Irving Berlin (1888-1989) has been called – by George Gershwin, among others – the greatest songwriter of the golden age of the American popular song. "Berlin has no place in American music", legendary composer Jerome Kern wrote; "he is American musi...
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Listening to China Sound and the Sino-Western Encounter, 1770-1839
ISBN: HB: 9780226667126, University of Chicago Press, December 2019
256 pp., 22.8x15.2 cm, 14 halftones, 4 line drawings
From bell ringing to fireworks, gongs to cannon salutes, a dazzling variety of sounds and soundscapes marked the China encountered by the West around 1800. These sounds were gathered by diplomats, trade officials, missionaries, and other travelers an...
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Art of Mbira Musical Inheritance and Legacy
ISBN: PB: 9780226628684, ISBN: HB: 9780226628547, University of Chicago Press, November 2019
608 pp., 25.4x17.7 cm, 302 musical examples
Growing out of the collaborative research of an American ethnomusicologist and Zimbabwean musician, Paul F. Berliner's The Art of Mbira documents the repertory for a keyboard instrument known generally as mbira. At the heart of this work lies the ana...
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Bitten by the Blues The Alligator Records Story
ISBN: PB: 9780226681986, ISBN: HB: 9780226129907, University of Chicago Press, November 2019
352 pp., 22.8x15.2 cm, 30 halftones
It started with the searing sound of a slide careening up the neck of an electric guitar. In 1970, twenty-three-year-old Bruce Iglauer walked into Florence's Lounge, in the heart of Chicago's South Side, and was overwhelmed by the joyous, raw Chicago...
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London Voices, 1820-1840 Vocal Performers, Practices, Histories
ISBN: HB: 9780226670188, University of Chicago Press, November 2019
304 pp., 22.8x15.2 cm, 13 halftones, 5 line drawings
London, 1820. The British capital is a metropolis that overwhelms dwellers and visitors alike with constant exposure to all kinds of sensory stimulation. Over the next two decades, the city's tumult will reach new heights: as population expansion pla...
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Making It Up Together The Art of Collective Improvisation in Balinese Music and Beyond
ISBN: PB: 9780226667607, ISBN: HB: 9780226661131, University of Chicago Press, November 2019
336 pp., 25.4x17.7 cm, 16 halftones, 165 musical exam
Most studies of musical improvisation focus on individual musicians. But that is not the whole story. From jazz to flamenco, Shona mbira to Javanese gamelan, improvised practices thrive on group creativity, relying on the close interaction of multipl...
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Mbira's Restless Dance An Archive of Improvisation
ISBN: spiral: 9780226626277, University of Chicago Press, November 2019
912 pp., 27.9x21.5 cm, 597 musical examples
Growing out of the collaborative research of an American ethnomusicologist and Zimbabwean musician, Paul F. Berliner and Cosmas Magaya's "Mbira's Restless Dance" documents the repertory for a keyboard instrument known generally as mbira. At the heart...
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Music in the Present Tense Rossini's Italian Operas in Their Time
ISBN: HB: 9780226663548, University of Chicago Press, November 2019
352 pp., 22.8x15.2 cm, 45 line drawings, 2 tables
In the early 1800s, Rossini's operas permeated Italy, from the opera house to myriad arrangements heard in public and private. But after Rossini stopped composing, a sharp decline in popularity drove most of his works out of the repertory. In the pas...
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Letters of Cole Porter
ISBN: HB: 9780300219272, Yale University Press, October 2019
672 pp., 23.5x15.6 cm, 32 colour illus.
From "Anything Goes" to "Kiss Me, Kate", Cole Porter left a lasting legacy of iconic songs including "You're the Top", "Love For Sale", and "Night and Day". Yet, alongside his professional success, Porter led an eclectic personal life which featured...
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