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5th February 2024
The history of two operas by Janáček, a limited-edition celebration of British jazz on record from 1960 to 1975, a biography of jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald, paperback editions of books by Julia Hollander and Norman Lebrecht, a discussion of women and music in the age of Jane Austen, an analysis of two works by JS Bach, and a study of the voice of Paul Robeson.
8th January 2024
Handbooks on music by Berlioz and Schumann, a guide to the songs of Sibelius, a volume of essays on Messiaen, a history of the horn, a new look at the practices and theory of tonality, a method for teaching the saxophone, an exploration of musical models of democracy, and an evaluation of the relationship between jazz and wider aspects of American culture.
Presto Book of the Month
Edward Said; Columbia University Press; Paperback
One of the late twentieth century’s most celebrated and influential public intellectuals, Edward W. Said was also a critic of astonishing range. This book presents his insightful and elegant analyses of four major operas, showcasing the power of Said’s critical acumen to unsettle canonical interpretations.