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 New Publications, New Music Book Publications - 21st January 2019

New Books 21st January Welcome to our latest selection of new music books. Our picks this time round include books on Russian and Chinese opera, the relationship between dance and politics in contemporary Buenos Aires, the impact of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring on music of the twentieth century, how technology influenced avant garde music in Cold War Germany, and changes in audience listening habits from the nineteenth century to the present day.

Opera, Ballet, & Dance

The Visual Communication of Character and Culture

This book illuminates the links between theatrical attire and social customs and aesthetics of China, covering both the theory and practice of stage dress. It includes an introduction to performance style, costume conventions, an analysis of the costumes through their historical precedents and theatrical modifications, and the use of garment shape, colour, and embroidery for symbolic effect.

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The Music of Modernity

Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring is seen as one of the most influential works of the 20th century. Gillian Moore explores the cultural climate that created The Rite, tells the story of the creation of the music and the ballet and provides a guide to the music itself. As well as considering its influence on classical composers, she probes its impact on film music (including scores for Star Wars and Jaws); its extensive influence on jazz musicians (including Charlie Parker), and by artists as diverse as Weather Report, Joni Mitchell, Frank Zappa and The Pet Shop Boys.

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The Tsarina from State to Stage

Inna Naroditskaya investigates the musical lives of four female monarchs who ruled Russia for most of the eighteenth century - Catherine I, Anna, Elizabeth, and Catherine the Great. Engaging with ethnomusicological, historical, and philological approaches, her study traces the tsarinas' deeply invested interest in musical drama, as each built theatres, established drama schools, commissioned operas and ballets, and themselves wrote and produced musical plays. Naroditskaya examines their creative output, revealing significant connections between their personal creative aspirations and contemporary musical-theatrical practices.

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On the social dance floor, dancers participate in dance-offs that often include unspoken, but nevertheless complex, rules of bodily engagement. Media attraction to the spectacle of competition regularly plays out in reality television shows, film documentaries, and Hollywood cinema. Drawing upon a diverse collection of dances across history and geography, The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Competition asks how competition affects the presentation and experience of dance and how dancing bodies negotiate, critique, and resist the aesthetic and social structures of the competition paradigm.

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Dance, Violence, and Memory in Buenos Aires

Moving Otherwise examines how contemporary dance practices in Buenos Aires enacted politics within climates of political and economic violence from the mid-1960s to the mid-2010s. Drawing on archival research based in institutional and private collections, over fifty interviews with dancers and choreographers, and the author's embodied experiences as a collaborator and performer with active groups, the book analyses how diverse practices represent, resist, and remember violence and engender new forms of social mobilisation on and off the theatrical stage.

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Rock & Pop Artists

The Grateful Dead's 100 Essential Songs examines the band's remarkable musical legacy, delving into 100 songs (plus a few extras) performed by the Dead throughout their career. It includes a playlist of performance and studio recordings, as well as other song analyses and first-hand narratives of hundreds of Dead concerts.

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The Pride of Punk

The Sex Pistols blew away all that had come before them, setting an entirely new bar for rock acts that followed in their wake. Peter Smith explores the impact the band had on the launching of the punk movement as well as its embodiment of 1970s' disenfranchised youth and tense political climate.

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Reference & Education

Technologies of the Cold War Musical Avant-Garde

For a decimated post-war West Germany, the electronic music studio at the WDR radio in Cologne was a beacon of hope. This book traces the reclamation and repurposing of wartime machines, spaces, and discourses into the new sounds of the mid-century studio. Composers, collaborating with scientists and technicians, coaxed music from sine-tone oscillators, noise generators, band-pass filters, nurturing a revolutionary synthesis of science, technology, politics, and aesthetics.

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This handbook asks whether, how, and why practices of music listening changed as the audience moved from pleasure gardens and concert venues in the eighteenth century to living rooms in the twentieth century, and mobile devices in the twenty-first. Through these questions, it enables a differently-conceived history of listening and offers an agenda for future research.

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This Too is Music guides and motivates teachers to foster playful and motivating classroom conditions that enable elementary students to thrive as musicians in every way - as singers, improvisers, critical listeners, storytellers, dancers, performers, and composers. Told through anecdotes and illustrated with musical examples, the book explores how all of these aspects of music making are intertwined, quelling any doubts teachers may have regarding their abilities to create an environment where children can improvise, dance, compose, and notate their musical offerings.

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