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This compilation assembles previously published and unpublished essays by Schnittke and supplements them with an interview with cellist and scholar Alexander Ivashkin.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...

Bad Boy of Gospel Music: The Calvin Newton Story
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Bad Boy of Gospel Music: The Calvin Newton Story

Got the book just out of curiosity because I had seen him on one of the Gaither Videos and wondered what the story was. I got started reading the book and could hardly put it down, which is a switch for me, because I start a lot of books and never finish. I finished this one all 330 pages in just a week, and found it very informative and with just a little bit of sadness for a man who wasted so many opportunities to do so much good w...

Robert Johnson: Lost and Found
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Robert Johnson: Lost and Found

Robert Johnson might be the most famous of all country bluesman. But we actually know very little about the man himself and what we think we know (the selling his soul at the crossroads story and forever being demon haunted)was a late addition to the legend. Pearson and McCulloch peel back the layers of what commentators have said about Johnson to reveal what we can really know about him--and it is not very much. They then tackle the...

Modern Cello Method, Grade 1
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Modern Cello Method, Grade 1

A step-by-step method written for beginning cello students of any age, with or without a teacher. The first page gives information about the tune: where the hard spots are, various techniques and some music theory. The second page provides different bowing patterns and a line of music at the bottom showing you all the notes that are used in the tune. Scales and arpeggios are included with most tunes. The downloadable online audio tea...

Organising Music: Theory, Practice, Performance
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Organising Music: Theory, Practice, Performance

Organisational theorists have become increasingly interested in the creative industries, where practices that are commonplace are of particular interest to organisations in other sectors as they look for new ways to enhance performance. Focusing on the music industry, this book sets up a unique dialogue between leading organisational theorists and music professionals. Part I explores links between organisation theory and the creative...

Allusion as Narrative Premise in Brahms’s Instrumental Music
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Allusion as Narrative Premise in Brahms's Instrumental Music

Who inspired Johannes Brahms in his art of writing music? In this book, Jacquelyn E. C. Sholes provides a fresh look at the ways in which Brahms employed musical references to works of earlier composers in his own instrumental music. By analyzing newly identified allusions alongside previously known musical references in works such as the B-Major Piano Trio, the D-Major Serenade, the First Piano Concerto, and the Fourth Symphony, amo...

Analog Synthesizers: Understanding, Performing, Buying : From the Legacy of Moog to Software Synthesis, Second Edition
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Analog Synthesizers: Understanding, Performing, Buying

Making its first huge impact in the 1960s through the inventions of Bob Moog, the analog synthesizer sound, riding a wave of later developments in digital and software synthesis, has now become more popular than ever. Analog Synthesizers charts the technology, instruments, designers, and musicians associated with its three major historical phases: invention in the 1960s–1970s and the music of Walter Carlos, Pink Floyd, Gary Numan, Ge...

Star Guitars: 101 Guitars That Rocked the World
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Star Guitars: 101 Guitars That Rocked the World

"The first thing that grabs you about Star Guitars is the book’s front cover cut out that frames the psychedelic Cream days axe of Eric Clapton, known as The Fool. Open the hardbound book and a colorful montage of album covers and posters featuring famous guitarists and their guitars gets the adrenaline pumping. Fortunately, Star Guitars delivers a page turner that’s impossible to put down."