Beethoven Forum, Volume 1
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Beethoven Forum, Volume 1

Serials devoted to Beethoven are either published intermittently or are now defunct; should Beethoven Forum prosper, it would be the only ongoing source of serious Beethoven scholarship in the world. Although written for musicians, it will appeal to wider audiences, especially in historically oriented material (e.g., the effects of economic inflation on Beethoven's lifestyle; the composer's debt to Shakespeare's The Tempest ; and the...

The Words and Music of Billy Joel
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The Words and Music of Billy Joel

This detailed exploration looks at the musical works of recording artist Billy Joel and his impact on popular culture. • Photographs • A discography of Joel's recordings including albums and singles • A selected discography of cover versions of Joel's songs by other recording artists • A filmography • A bibliography of significant books and articles about Billy Joel and his work • A bibliographic essay

Everyday Music Listening: Absorption, Dissociation and Trancing
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Everyday Music Listening: Absorption, Dissociation and Trancing

'This book deals with the evanescent and often-elusive topic of musical experience. It sets that topic in context of solid empirical research and reconsiders taken-for-granted distinctions between so-called "normal" and "pathological" forms of consciousness, showing us some of the ways that consciousness is musically framed. Everyday Music Listening proves that Music Studies can reach areas and problems inaccessible to other discipli...

The Musical Culture of Silesia before 1742: New Contexts – New Perspectives
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The Musical Culture of Silesia before 1742: New Contexts – New Perspectives

The volume includes detailed studies concerning various aspects of the musical culture of Silesia from the fifteenth to mid-eighteenth centuries. The authors, who represent academic centres in Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, Slovakia, Holland, France and Great Britain, present new sources, as well as reinterpreting previously known facts and phenomena. What makes the approach here so original is that it takes into account the wider ...

The Book of Broadway: The Definitive Plays and Musicals
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The Book of Broadway: The Definitive Plays and Musicals

The Book of Broadway by Eric Grode is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in mid-June. A giant tome of a book with a two-page snippet of nearly 200 Broadway plays (indicating their production dates, synopsis, awards won, original stars, revivals and adaptations, information about the playwright, the goings-on of American culture at the time of its release, the author's reactions, noted lines and songs, critical acclaim, etc.), alphabe...

A Schnittke Reader:
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A Schnittke Reader

This compilation assembles previously published and unpublished essays by Schnittke and supplements them with an interview with cellist and scholar Alexander Ivashkin. The book is illustrated with musical examples, many of them in Schnittke’s own hand. In A Schnittke Reader, the composer speaks of his life, his works, other composers, performers, and a broad range of topics in 20th-century music. The volume is rounded out with reflec...

Debussy and the Fragment (Chiasma 18)
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Debussy and the Fragment (Chiasma 18)

Rather than solid frames, some less than perfect aesthetic objects have permeable membranes which allow them to diffuse effortlessly into the everyday world. In the parallel universes of music and literature, Linda Cummins extols the poetry of such imperfection. She places Debussy's work within a tradition thriving on anti-Aristotelian principles: motley collections, crumbling ruins real or fake, monstrous hybrids, patchwork and pali...

Music Theory and its Methods: Structures, Challenges, Directions
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Music Theory and its Methods: Structures, Challenges, Directions

This collection of essays explores a wide range of topics current in the field of music theory, including analytical methodologies for pretonal, tonal, and post-tonal music, assessment of notation as a vehicle for interpreting compositional strategies in different repertoires, and employment of approaches informed by cognitive, aesthetic, and ethnomusicological studies of music. Authors reflect critically on challenges within their s...