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Music reviews & criticism books

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Steelpan in Education A History of the Northern Illinois University Steelband by Andrew R. Martin, Ray Funk, Jeannine Remy Steelpan in Education A History of the Northern Illinois University Steelband
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Founded by Al O'Connor in 1973, the steelband program at Northern Illinois University was the first of its kind in the United States. Thanks to the talent and dedication of O'Connor, current codirectors Cliff Alexis and Liam Teague, and a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/11/2017

Play It Loud An Epic History of the Style, Sound, and Revolution of the Electric Guitar by Brad Tolinski, Alan di Perna Play It Loud An Epic History of the Style, Sound, and Revolution of the Electric Guitar
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Format: Paperback - Released: 14/11/2017

Nothing Has Been Done Before Seeking the New in 21st-Century American Popular Music by Robert (Columbus College of Art and Design, USA) Loss Nothing Has Been Done Before Seeking the New in 21st-Century American Popular Music
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Is there such a thing today as music that's meaningfully new? In our contemporary era of remixing and retro styles, cynics and romantics alike cry It's all been done before while record labels and media outlets proclaim that everything is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/11/2017

Nothing Has Been Done Before Seeking the New in 21st-Century American Popular Music by Robert (Columbus College of Art and Design, USA) Loss Nothing Has Been Done Before Seeking the New in 21st-Century American Popular Music
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Is there such a thing today as music that's meaningfully new? In our contemporary era of remixing and retro styles, cynics and romantics alike cry It's all been done before while record labels and media outlets proclaim that everything is...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/11/2017

110 Best Australian Albums by Toby Creswell, Craig Mathieson, John O'Donnell 110 Best Australian Albums
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An updated version of the highly controversial 100 Best Australian Albums, 110 Best Australian Albums opens up the debate once more, with 10 new albums mixing up the rankings and providing you with the ultimate, most up-to-date list of Australian...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/11/2017

Arlen and Harburg's Over the Rainbow by Walter (H. Harold Gumm/Harry and Albert Von Tilzer Professor of Music, Columbia University) Frisch Arlen and Harburg's Over the Rainbow
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In this history of the ballad Over the Rainbow , author Walter Frisch traces the song's journey from the imagination of composer Harold Arlen and lyricist Yip Harburg and its debut performance by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz...
Format: Hardback - Released: 16/10/2017

Arlen and Harburg's Over the Rainbow by Walter (H. Harold Gumm/Harry and Albert Von Tilzer Professor of Music, Columbia University) Frisch Arlen and Harburg's Over the Rainbow
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In this history of the ballad Over the Rainbow , author Walter Frisch traces the song's journey from the imagination of composer Harold Arlen and lyricist Yip Harburg and its debut performance by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz...
Format: Paperback - Released: 16/10/2017

Got to be Something Here The Rise of the Minneapolis Sound by Andrea Swensson Got to be Something Here The Rise of the Minneapolis Sound

Beginning in the year of Princes birth, 1958, with the recording of Minnesotas first R&B record by a North Minneapolis band called the Big Ms, Got to Be Something Here traces the rise of that distinctive sound through two generations...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/10/2017

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Harmony in Mendelssohn and Schumann by David (University of Minnesota) Damschroder Harmony in Mendelssohn and Schumann

A creative and accessible harmonic analysis of major works by key composers, demonstrating innovative methods in harmonic theory with sound examples.
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/11/2017

Olivier Messiaen's Catalogue d'oiseaux From Conception to Performance by Roderick (Royal Academy of Music, London) Chadwick, Peter (University of Sheffield) Hill Olivier Messiaen's Catalogue d'oiseaux From Conception to Performance
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This book charts Messiaen's transformation of birdsong into music and its development into a major work of the twentieth century.
Format: Hardback - Released: 31/12/2017

Selling Folk Music An Illustrated History by Ronald D. Cohen, David Bonner Selling Folk Music An Illustrated History
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Presents the public face of folk music in the United States through its commercial promotion and presentation through much of the twentieth century. Included are concert flyers; sheet music; book, songbook, magazine, and album covers; concert posters and flyers; and...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/01/2018

Everybody Sing! Community Singing in the American Picture Palace by Esther M. Morgan-Ellis Everybody Sing! Community Singing in the American Picture Palace

Morgan-Ellis brings the era of movie palaces to life. She presents the origins of theater sing-alongs in the prewar community singing movement, describes the components of a sing-along, explores the styles of several organists, and assesses the aftermath of sound...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/01/2018

Voices How a Great Singer Can Change Your Life by Nick Coleman Voices How a Great Singer Can Change Your Life

And why is the singing of others so essential to human life? In ten discrete but cohering essays Coleman tackles the arc of that history as if it were an emotional experience with real psychological consequences - as chaotic, random,...
Format: Hardback - Released: 25/01/2018

Other books in this genre

YEAR OF WONDER: Classical Music for Every Day by Clemency Burton-Hill YEAR OF WONDER: Classical Music for Every Day

Classical music for everyone - an inspirational piece of music for every day of the year, celebrating composers from the medieval era to the present day.
Format: Hardback - Released: 05/10/2017

Bjork's Homogenic by Emily MacKay Bjork's Homogenic

In recent years, Bjork's artistry has become ever more ambitious and ever more respected. With the release of her conceptual app-album Biophilia in 2011, and a huge retrospective exhibition at New York's Museum of Modern Art coinciding with her most...
Format: Paperback - Released: 05/10/2017

Love for Sale Pop Music in America by David Hajdu Love for Sale Pop Music in America


Format: Paperback - Released: 03/10/2017

Javaphilia American Love Affairs with Javanese Music and Dance by Henry Spiller Javaphilia American Love Affairs with Javanese Music and Dance

Fragrant tropical flowers, opulent batik fabrics, magnificent bronze gamelan orchestras, and, of course, aromatic coffee. Such are the exotic images of Javas. Through close readings of the careers of four javaphiles , Javaphilia: American Love Affairs with Javanese Music and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 30/09/2017

The Life of a Song The fascinating stories behind 50 of the world's best-loved songs by David Cheal, Jan Dalley The Life of a Song The fascinating stories behind 50 of the world's best-loved songs
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The fascinating back stories behind 50 of the world's best-known and best-loved songs as featured in the FT Weekend's Life of a Song column every Saturday.
Format: Hardback - Released: 21/09/2017

Arcade Fire's The Suburbs by Eric (Independent Scholar, USA) Eidelstein Arcade Fire's The Suburbs
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The Suburbs is an incredibly sentimental and nostalgic album, which generally moved critics but was jarring to others. But it also made a heavy impact on fans and - to the surprise of many - won Album of the Year...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/09/2017

Bob Mould's Workbook by Walter (Independent Scholar, USA) Biggins, Daniel (Chemeketa Community College, USA) Couch Bob Mould's Workbook
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In 1989, Bob Mould took a left turn. Already legendary before his 30th birthday for his noise-and-nuance work in Husker Du, Mould had recently walked away from his old band. He re-emerged with his debut solo album: Workbook. Filled with...
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/09/2017

Ruth and Martin's Album Club by Martin Fitzgerald Ruth and Martin's Album Club

The concept behind the Ruth and Martin's Album Club blog is simple: Make people listen to a classic album they've never heard before. What follows are delightful, humorous and insightful contributions from each guest as they have an album forced...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/09/2017

Camp Lo's Uptown Saturday Night by Patrick (University of New Haven, USA) Rivers, William (LaGuardia Community College, USA) Fulton Camp Lo's Uptown Saturday Night
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Geechi Suede and Sonny Cheeba are Camp Lo. These two emcees from the Bronx, NY entered the American hip hop scene with an insider slang that bewildered listeners as they radiated the look of a bygone era of black culture....
Format: Paperback - Released: 07/09/2017

Sonata Fragments Romantic Narratives in Chopin, Schumann, and Brahms by Andrew Davis Sonata Fragments Romantic Narratives in Chopin, Schumann, and Brahms

In Sonata Fragments, Andrew Davis argues that the Romantic sonata is firmly rooted, both formally and expressively, in its Classical forebears, using Classical conventions in order to convey a broad constellation of Romantic aesthetic values. This claim runs contrary to...
Format: Book - Released: 21/08/2017

Sonata Fragments Romantic Narratives in Chopin, Schumann, and Brahms by Andrew Davis Sonata Fragments Romantic Narratives in Chopin, Schumann, and Brahms

In Sonata Fragments, Andrew Davis argues that the Romantic sonata is firmly rooted, both formally and expressively, in its Classical forebears, using Classical conventions in order to convey a broad constellation of Romantic aesthetic values. This claim runs contrary to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/08/2017

Beethoven & Freedom by Daniel K. L. (Professor of Music, University of Hong Kong) Chua Beethoven & Freedom
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Over the last two hundred years, Beethoven's music has been synonymous with modernity's 'absolute' value-freedom. Author Daniel KL Chua explores how Beethoven's music engages with freedom's aspirations and dilemmas, challenging the current image of Beethoven, and suggesting an alterior freedom...
Format: Hardback - Released: 15/08/2017

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