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 New Publications, New Music Book Publications - 27th May 2019

New Books 27th MayWelcome to our latest selection of new music books. Our picks this time round include a discussion of the relationship between faith and music; an analysis of the Romantic Overture from Rossini to Wagner; a survey of the compositions of nineteenth-century violin virtuoso, Joseph Joachim; an examination of the collaboration between Alfred Hitchcock and Bernard Herrmann; books about Elton John in celebration of Rocketman, the new film starring Taron Egerton; and a look at Shostakovich's relationship with football.

Classical Music

This practical pocket diary is designed to be your daily Beethoven companion through the year 2020, which is the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth. It presents interesting and amusing insights into Beethoven’s life and works alongside quotations both by and about Beethoven. Every week, Monday to Sunday, is presented on a double page, also providing sufficient space for your own notes.

Available Format: Diary

Steven Vande Moortele; Cambridge University Press

Discussing a broad range of works by German, French, and Italian composers, this account of operatic and concert overtures between 1815 and 1850 is at once an investigation of the Romantic overture within the context of mid-nineteenth century musical culture and also an analytical study that focuses on aspects of large-scale formal organisation in the overture genre.

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Steven Rawle & Kevin J. Donnelly (editors); Manchester University Press

Featuring chapters by leading scholars of Hitchcock's work, this collection of essays examines key works, including The Man Who Knew Too Much, Psycho, Marnie, and Vertigo, discussing approaches to sound, music, collaborative authorship, and the distinctive contribution that Herrmann's work with Hitchcock brought to this body of films.

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Dmitri Braginsky; Boosey & Hawkes

Dmitri Shostakovich was an avid football fan from an early age until the last days of his life. This book aims to depict a panorama of sporting events and facts about the composer against the broad socio-cultural background of Soviet life in the 1920s-1970s. It is abundantly illustrated with rare photographs, and many archive documents are being published for the first time.

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Emily H. Green; University of Rochester Press

What did dedications mean to their readers and writers, especially after 1785, when more works were offered to fellow composers as well as to patrons? In this large-scale study of patterns of dedications, Emily H. Green argues that the kinds of offerings printed in the late-eighteenth to mid-nineteenth centuries reflect a changing financial and aesthetic landscape in which patronage was waning and independent artistry surging.

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Jonathan Arnold; Boydell & Brewer

This book explores examples of how the Christian story is still expressed in music and how it is received by those who experience that art form, whether in church or not. Through conversations with a variety of artists, scientists, historians, atheists, church laity and clergy, it reveals how the temporal, linear, relational and communal process of experiencing faith is closely related to music.

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Katharina Uhde; Boydell & Brewer

Arguably the greatest violinist of the nineteenth century, Joseph Joachim was also a composer of virtuoso pieces, violin concertos, orchestral overtures, and chamber music, all written between 1847 and 1864 in one intense outpouring of creativity. Katharina Uhde follows Joachim's compositional path through a changing cultural milieu, showing how his music throws light onto a vibrant decade, coloured by realism, naturalism, and new visual technologies.

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Lars Ole Bonde, Stine Lindahl Jacobsen, & Inge Nygaard Pedersen (editors); Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Building upon developments within the field of music therapy over the last fifteen years, this revised, second edition looks at the theoretical foundation of music therapy, selected models and interventions, how it can be applied in clinical practice, and the recent progress made in research and evidence-based practice.

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Rock & Pop

Malcolm Croft; Carlton Books

Rocketman, the epic musical fantasy starring Taron Egerton, invites audiences to discover the story of Sir Elton John's life, from his years as a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music, to a global superstar, through his influential and enduring partnership with his songwriting collaborator Bernie Taupin. This is the official book of the movie and features on-set and behind-the-scenes photos, quotations and more.

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Philip Norman; Pan Books

Philip Norman's acclaimed biography paints a frank but sympathetic portrait, from Elton's rise to success to the attempted suicides, from Watford football club chairman to flamboyant Versace shopaholic, from the draining addictions to his turbulent personal relationships.

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David Evans; Bloomsbury

In August 1994, Manic Street Preachers released The Holy Bible, a dark album that explored such themes as mental illness, murder and war. This book tells the dramatic story of the album, tracing its origins in the Welsh Valleys where the band spent their formative years, and arguing that it can be seen as a meditation on the uses and abuses of history.

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Christopher Scoates; Chronicle Books

Now available again in a deluxe paperback edition, this is a guided tour through the visual art of creative polymath Brian Eno. Featuring more than 300 images of Eno's installation, light, and video artwork, this volume is the definitive monograph of a contemporary master, also featuring Eno's personal notebook pages and scholarly essays.

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