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Making of Handel's Messiah
ISBN: PB: 9781851245062, Bodleian Library Publishing, August 2020
144 pp., 21x17 cm, 54 colour illus.
The first performance of Handel's Messiah in Dublin in 1742 is now legendary. Gentlemen were asked to leave their swords at home and ladies to come without hoops in their skirts in order to fit more people into the audience. Why then, did this now fa...
Pynchon's Sound of Music
ISBN: PB: 9783035802320, University of Chicago Press, Diaphanes, May 2020
448 pp., 21.5x13.3 cm, 18 halftones
"Pynchon's Sound of Music" is dedicated to cataloging, exploring, and interpreting the manifold manifestations of music in Thomas Pynchon's work. An original mix of close and distant readings, this monograph employs a variety of disciplines – from li...
Both from the Ears and Mind Thinking about Music in Early Modern England
ISBN: HB: 9780226701592, University of Chicago Press, May 2020
384 pp., 22.8x15.2 cm, 5 colour plates, 25 halftones
"Both from the Ears and Mind" offers a bold new understanding of the intellectual and cultural position of music in Tudor and Stuart England. Linda Phyllis Austern brings to life the kinds of educated writings and debates that surrounded musical perf...
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...
Kinks Songs of the Semi-Detached
ISBN: PB: 9781789142303, Reaktion Books, March 2020
248 pp., 21x14.8 cm, 40 illus.
Of all the great British bands to emerge from the 1960s, none had a stronger sense of place than the Kinks. Often described as the archetypal English band, they were above all a quintessentially working-class band with a deep attachment to London. M...
Ornette Coleman The Territory and the Adventure
ISBN: HB: 9781789142235, Reaktion Books, March 2020
368 pp., 21.6x13.8 cm, 60 illus.
Ornette Coleman's career encompassed the glory years of jazz and the American avant-garde. Born in segregated Fort Worth, Texas, during the Great Depression, the African American composer and musician was the zeitgeist incarnate. Steeped in the Texas...
Listening to China Sound and the Sino-Western Encounter, 1770-1839
ISBN: HB: 9780226667126, University of Chicago Press, January 2020
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...
London Voices, 1820-1840 Vocal Performers, Practices, Histories
ISBN: HB: 9780226670188, University of Chicago Press, January 2020
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...
Making It Up Together The Art of Collective Improvisation in Balinese Music and Beyond
ISBN: PB: 9780226667607, ISBN: HB: 9780226661131, University of Chicago Press, January 2020
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...
Mbira's Restless Dance An Archive of Improvisation
ISBN: spiral: 9780226626277, University of Chicago Press, January 2020
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...