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Charles Mackerras

Charles Mackerras
Edited by Nigel Simeone & John Tyrrell

Comprising a brief biography and chapters written by those who worked with him, such as Janet Baker and Alfred Brendel, this is a celebration of an exceptional, creative life.

Into the Groove

Into the Groove
Popular Music and Contemporary German Fiction
Andrew Wright Hurley

A new and wide-ranging view of the confluence, since the 1990s, of the fields of contemporary literature and popular music in Germany.

Music in Elizabethan Court Politics

Music in Elizabethan Court Politics
Katherine Butler

Music and musical entertainments are here shown to be used for different ends, by both monarch and courtiers.

Ralph Kirkpatrick

Ralph Kirkpatrick
Letters of the American Harpsichordist and Scholar
Ralph Kirkpatrick
Edited by Meredith Kirkpatrick

This collection of letters to and from the eminent harpsichordist, scholar, and early-music pioneer Ralph Kirkpatrick provides a portrait of the musician from the beginning of his career in Paris in the 1930s to its end in the early 1980s.

Music and Musical Composition at the American Academy in Rome

Music and Musical Composition at the American Academy in Rome
Edited by Martin Brody

Combining cultural analysis with historical and personal accounts of a century of musical life at the American Academy in Rome, this volume provides a history of the AAR's Rome Prize in Composition.

Sleeping in Temples

Sleeping in Temples
Susan Tomes

Highly acclaimed author Susan Tomes takes up various topics of perennial interest: how music awakens and even creates memories, what 'interpretation' really means, what effect daily practice has on the character, whether playing from memory is a burden or a liberation, and why the piano is the right tool for the job.

 Harry Partch, Hobo Composer

Harry Partch, Hobo Composer
S. Andrew Granade

Examines the impact of Harry Partch's hobo years from a variety of perspectives, exploring how the composer both engaged and frustrated popular conceptions of the hobo.

 The Supernatural Voice

The Supernatural Voice
A History of High Male Singing
Simon Ravens

Covering a period from the Ancient World to the present day, the book suggests that until very recently, falsettists and counter-tenors have been distinct vocal genres.

Conducting for a New Era

Conducting for a New Era
Edwin Roxburgh

A guide to the art of conducting in the twenty-first century, by the founder of the RCM's Twentieth Century Ensemble.

Richard Wagner's Beethoven (1870)

Richard Wagner's Beethoven (1870)
A New Translation
Roger Allen

Indispensable reading for historians and musicologists as well as those interested in Wagner's philosophy and the aesthetics of music.

Delius and his Music

Delius and his Music
Martin Lee-Browne
Paul Guinery
Foreword by Sir Mark Elder

The first comprehensive study of the music of Frederick Delius (1862-1934), from his earliest works right up to his final works, with background information and a complete list of works.

Music behind Barbed Wire

Music behind Barbed Wire
A Diary of Summer 1940
Hans Gál
Translated by Anthony Fox
Translated by Eva Fox-Gál

The internment diary of Austrian composer Hans Gál (1890-1987) with a biographical study of his life and career. Includes a CD of first recordings of three of his works from the period.

Ignaz Moscheles and the Changing World of Musical Europe

Ignaz Moscheles and the Changing World of Musical Europe
Mark Kroll

The first full-length study devoted to Ignaz Moscheles (1794-1870), pianist, conductor and composer.

The Advancement of Music in Enlightenment England

The Advancement of Music in Enlightenment England
Benjamin Cooke and the Academy of Ancient Music
Tim Eggington

Casts new and valuable light on English musical history and on Enlightenment culture more generally.

Heinrich Schenker: Selected Correspondence

Heinrich Schenker: Selected Correspondence
Edited by Ian Bent
Edited by David Bretherton
Edited by William Drabkin

Brings together in one volume the full text of some 450 letters in first-time English translation, organized into sections each prefaced by an introduction. All the letters are fully annotated and they yield information about Viennese society, culture and politics of the time.

After Wagner

After Wagner
Histories of Modernist Music Drama from Parsifal to Nono
Mark Berry

Offers histories of music drama beginning with Wagner's Parsifal and then looking at works by Arnold Schoenberg, Richard Strauss, Luigi Dallapiccola, Luigi Nono and Hans Werner Henze.