Weird American Music : Case Studies of Underground Resistance, BarlowGirl, Jackalope, Charles Ives, and Waffle House Music
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Weird American Music

The author takes Greil Marcus's capacious category of ""weirdness"" in new directions to examine a tension in certain expressions of American music and music communities since the 1980s. It locates this tension in the space between the artists' striving for authenticity in the values they want to communicate on the one hand, and the demands of the marketplace on the other. The results are ""weird"" in both the economic and artistic s...

The Decibel Diaries : A Journey through Rock in 50 Concerts
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The Decibel Diaries : A Journey through Rock in 50 Concerts

Sometimes a rock concert is more than just an event. Every so often a band’s performance becomes a musical milestone, a cultural watershed, a political statement, and a personal apotheosis. On any given night a rock concert can tell the truth about who we are, where we are, and what’s going on in music and life right now. In The Decibel Diaries, Carter Alan, longtime DJ and music director at WZLX in Boston, chronicles a lifetime in r...

Speaking the Piano : Reflections on Learning and Teaching
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Speaking the Piano : Reflections on Learning and Teaching

In Speaking the Piano, renowned pianist Susan Tomes turns her attention to teaching and learning. Teaching music encompasses everything from putting a drum in a child's hands to helping an accomplished musician unlock the meaning and spirit of the classics. At every stage, some fundamental issues keep surfacing. In this wide-ranging book, Susan Tomes reflects on how her own experience as a learner, in different genres from classical ...

So You Want to Sing Music by Women : A Guide for Performers
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So You Want to Sing Music by Women : A Guide for Performers

Although it is not a textbook, it could certainly be used as the basis for a course on women in music. Instrumental musicians will also find this resource helpful and informative due to the diverse range of women composers covered, the resources included, and its advocacy for music by women. As it says in the final “Final Thoughts” section in chapter 13: “So You Want to Sing Music by Women is an advocacy book: an effort to encourage ...

Bach and the Pedal Clavichord: An Organist’s Guide
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Bach and the Pedal Clavichord: An Organist's Guide

Friederich Griepenkerl, in his 1844 introduction to Volume 1 of the first complete edition of J. S. Bach's organ works, wrote: "Actually the six Sonatas and the Passacaglia were written for a clavichord with two manuals and pedal, an instrument that, in those days, every beginning organist possessed, which they used beforehand, to practice playing with hands and feet in order to make effective use of them at the organ. It would be a ...

Bohuslav Martinu: The Compulsion to Compose
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Bohuslav Martinu: The Compulsion to Compose

Bohemian composer Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959) was exceptionally prolific, composing over 400 imaginative, well-crafted, and diverse pieces, including symphonies, operas, ballet scores, and other orchestral works. For 12 years (1941-1953), he lived in America, during which he enjoyed a brilliant reputation, and his works were played by nearly all the major orchestras. Yet today, his works are rarely performed. In Bohuslav Martinu: Th...

A Performer's Guide to Seventeenth-Century Music, Second Edition
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A Performer's Guide to Seventeenth-Century Music, Second Edition

This welcome new edition is bigger, better, and more up to date in both discussion and resources cited. It helps the seventeenth century to emerge―deservedly―as almost a separate era within the Baroque, and the chapters by so many outstanding scholar-performers make it altogether indispensible! (Ross W. Duffin Fynette H. Kulas Professor of Music, Case Western Reserve University)

Dubwise: Reasoning from the reggae underground
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Dubwise: Reasoning from the reggae underground

Reggae's influence can be heard in the popular music of nations in a variety of continents. In Dubwise, Klive Walker takes a fresh look at Bob Marley's global impact, specifically his legacy in the Caribbean diaspora. While considering Marley's status as an international reggae icon, Walker also discusses the vital contributions to reggae culture authored by other important Jamaican innovators such as poet Louise Bennett, hand drumme...