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 New Publications, New Music Book Publications - 10th June 2019

New Books 10th JuneWelcome to our latest selection of new music books. Our picks this time round include biographies of Richard Strauss and Alma Mahler; a reassessment of the music of Steve Reich; a lavishly-illustrated guide to music theory for children; a discussion of the music of the British landscape; a behind-the-scenes analysis of the economics of the music industry; a collection of essays looking at The Clash and their impact on the political aspects of punk; and the story of the lives of the writing duo behind countless hit musicals on both stage and screen, Betty Comden and Adolph Green.

Laurenz Lütteken; Oxford University Press

Richard Strauss's works are present in the repertories of concert halls and opera houses worldwide. The details of the composer's life, however, remain shrouded in mystery and gossip. Laurenz Lütteken presents a fresh approach to understanding this elusive composer's life and works. Dispensing with stereotypes and sensationalism, it reveals Strauss to be a sensitive intellectual and representative of modernity.

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Drawing extensively on hitherto unpublished diaries and letters, Cate Haste illuminates the passionate spirit of an extraordinary artist and intellect: Alma Mahler, whose life spanned one of the most captivating and dramatic periods in history. A talented composer in her own right, her first husband was Gustav Mahler. The great men who were drawn into Alma's wake would be indelibly touched by her power and brilliance.

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Pwyll ap Siôn & Sumanth S. Gopinath (editors); Oxford University Press

Steve Reich is considered by many to be America's greatest contemporary composer. His music, however, remains largely under-researched. Rethinking Reich redresses this imbalance, featuring fourteen essays on various aspects of Reich's work, ranging from analytical, aesthetic, and archival studies to socio-cultural, philosophical, and ethnomusicological reflections.

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This invaluable guide covers all the core subjects needed to pass up to Grade 5 music exams around the world, including melody, rhythm, chords and harmony, intervals, scales, and keys, styles and genres, and the instruments of the orchestra. Its visual approach, which uses simple, colourful illustrations and diagrams alongside a wide range of musical examples, allows parents and children to work together to understand even the trickiest concepts of music theory.

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Stephen Rose; Cambridge University Press

What did the term 'author' denote for musicians in the generations between Schütz and Bach? This book examines attitudes to authorship as revealed in the production, performance and reception of music in seventeenth-century German lands. Analysing a wide array of archival, musical, philosophical and theological texts, it illuminates notions of creativity in the period and the ways in which individuality was projected and detected in printed and manuscript music.

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On a chronological journey moving from post-war poets and artists to the late twentieth century and the free party scene which emerged from acid house and travelling communities, Richard King explores how Britain's history and identity has been shaped by the relationship between music and nature. From the far west of Wales to the Thames Estuary and the Suffolk shoreline, this book listens to the land and the music that emerged from it, to chart a new course through a familiar landscape.

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Sarah Collins; Cambridge University Press

This collection of essays aims to nuance current approaches to the aesthetic facets of liberalism, examining the interaction between music and liberal discourses in Victorian Britain. Taking a multidisciplinary approach, it expands upon previous empirical studies to identify uses of music across elite and amateur spheres. The significance of music in the Victorian period and its subsequent impact on modern conceptions of community is uncovered, revealing a new dimension of Victorian liberalism.

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Betty Comden and Adolph Green were the writers behind such classic musicals as On the Town and Wonderful Town. This remarkable duo also penned the screenplays Singin' in the Rain and other cinematic gems, working with artists including Leonard Bernstein, Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Judy Holliday, and Jule Styne. This is the first book to tell the full story of their careers, lives, and work.

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Drawing on interviews with leading band members, music executives, managers, promoters, and using the latest data on revenues, royalties, tour dates, and merchandise, Rockonomics takes readers backstage to show how the music industry really works - who makes money and how much, and how the economics of the music industry have undergone a radical transformation during the last twenty years.

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This volume brings together a range of writers from different academic disciplines and different locations to provide an engaging and accessible critical exploration of one of the most revered and reviled bands in the history of popular music. The essays collated here locate The Clash in their own explosive cultural moment of punk's year zero, also drawing parallels with other moments of social and political crisis.

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