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Gay Guerrilla

Gay Guerrilla
Julius Eastman and His Music
Edited by Renée Levine Packer & Mary Jane Leach

A compelling portrait of composer-performer Julius Eastman's enigmatic and intriguing life and music.

Italian Guitar Music of the Seventeenth Century

Italian Guitar Music of the Seventeenth Century
Battuto and Pizzicato
Lex Eisenhardt

Gives a new impulse to the revival of forgotten songs and dances from the Italian golden age of the baroque guitar.

The Sea in the British Musical Imagination

The Sea in the British Musical Imagination
Edited by Eric Saylor & Christopher M. Scheer

For centuries, the sea and those who sail upon it have inspired the imaginations of British musicians.

Star Turns and Cameo Appearances

Star Turns and Cameo Appearances
Memoirs of a Life among Musicians
Bernard Jacobson

Up-close and personal views, by the renowned music critic and orchestra administrator, of musical luminaries from Alfred Brendel to Jessye Norman and beyond.

Beyond Britten: The Composer and the Community

Beyond Britten: The Composer and the Community
Edited by Peter Wiegold & Ghislaine Kenyon

Leading composers, producers and writers consider the role of the composer in the community in Britain today and over the last fifty years.

Composing for Japanese Instruments [PB]

Composing for Japanese Instruments [PB]
Minoru Miki
Translated by Marty Regan
Edited by Philip Flavin

A practical but scholarly guide to Japanese instruments by one of the country's leading composers.

Encounters with British Composers

Encounters with British Composers
Andrew Palmer

Contemporary British composers talk about their music, with the emphasis on the aesthetic sensibilities and psychological processes behind composing rather than technique.

Felix Aprahamian

Felix Aprahamian
Diaries and Selected Writings on Music
Edited by Lewis Foreman & Susan Foreman

A picture of a highly creative music critic, notable for his humane commentary, as well as his promotion of contemporary French and British music.

George Smart and Nineteenth-Century London Concert Life

George Smart and Nineteenth-Century London Concert Life
John Carnelley

The first full length study of Sir George Thomas Smart (1776-1867), musical animateur and early champion of the music of Beethoven.

The Lives of George Frideric Handel

The Lives of George Frideric Handel
David Hunter

How have Handel's 'lives' in biographies and histories moulded our understanding of the musician, the man and the icon?


            The Musica of Hermannus Contractus

The "Musica" of Hermannus Contractus
Edited by Leonard Ellinwood
Revised by John L. Snyder

The renowned treatise on music, by an eleventh-century monk, in a critical edition with annotated English translation, introduction, and detailed indexes.

Svetik

Svetik
A Family Portrait of Sviatoslav Richter
Walter Moskalew
Anna Richter
Dagmar von Reincke
Edited and translated by Anthony Phillips
Foreword by Vladimir Ashkenazy

A profusely-illustrated examination of the childhood and formative years of Sviatoslav Richter, whose name has been synonymous with the pinnacle of pianistic art.

Disordered Heroes in Opera

Disordered Heroes in Opera
A Psychiatric Report
John Cordingly
Edited by Claire Seymour

The psychiatrist John Cordingly examines twelve operatic heroes under six sub-categories of personality disorder, placing them within the histories of mental disorder, sexuality, Byronism and their cultural contexts. See also in paperback.

Music at German Courts, 1715-1760 [PB]

Music at German Courts, 1715-1760 [PB]
Changing Artistic Priorities
Edited by Samantha Owens, Barbara M. Reul, & Janice B. Stockigt

Music at German Courts serves to illustrate the extraordinary diversity of eighteenth-century German court music establishments without losing sight of what these Kapellen had in common.

The Other Classical Musics

The Other Classical Musics
Fifteen Great Traditions
Edited by Michael Church

The Other Classical Musics offers challenging new perspectives on classical music by presenting the history of fifteen parallel traditions.

Reviving Haydn

Reviving Haydn
New Appreciations in the Twentieth Century
Bryan Proksch

Examines the decline and resurgence of Haydn's reputation in an effort to better understand the forces that shape critical reception on a broad scale.

Rossini and Post-Napoleonic Europe

Rossini and Post-Napoleonic Europe
Warren Roberts

Warren Roberts has discovered a Rossini that others have not seen, a composer who commented ironically and satirically on religion and politics in Post-Napoleonic Europe.

Venanzio Rauzzini in Britain

Venanzio Rauzzini in Britain
Castrato, Composer, and Cultural Leader
Paul F. Rice

Examines the remarkable career of leading soprano castrato Venanzio Rauzzini (1746-1810), the first castrato to make Britain his home.

The Wagner Style

The Wagner Style
Close Readings and Critical Perspectives
Arnold Whittall
Edited by Christopher Wintle

A selection of Arnold Whittall's masterly writings on Wagner dealing with all major works in the context of 150 years' of critical reception - with copious music examples. See also in paperback.

Looking for the Harp Quartet [PB]

Looking for the "Harp" Quartet: [PB]
An Investigation into Musical Beauty
Markand Thakar

The Music of Frank Bridge

The Music of Frank Bridge
Fabian Huss

A detailed and long-overdue study of Frank Bridge's music and its socio-cultural and aesthetic contexts.

Parisian Music-Hall Ballet, 1871-1913

Parisian Music-Hall Ballet, 1871-1913
Sarah Gutsche-Miller

This pioneering study of ballets staged in Parisian music halls brings to light a vibrant dance culture central to the renewal of French choreography at the fin de siècle.