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 New Publications, New Music Book Publications - 24th June 2019

New Books 24th JuneWelcome to our latest selection of new music books. Our picks this time round include the first in-depth analysis of the music of Scottish composer James MacMillan; an examination of Sir Henry Wood's role in the English revival of the music of JS Bach; a biography of eighteenth-century stage star Kitty Clive; an exploration of the political role of music in the court of Queen Elizabeth I; a dissection of anti-German sentiment in America during World War I in relation to the treatment of conductor Karl Muck; a guide to recording, mixing and mastering music; and the autobiography of popular artist Olivia Newton-John.

Hannah French; Boydell & Brewer

This book uncovers Sir Henry Wood's pivotal role in the English Bach revival. Wood's performances of works such as the St Matthew Passion and B Minor Mass caused a stir, whilst his orchestral arrangements of Bach's solo works and cantata arias were key to the popularisation of the composer in England. The hundreds of scores marked up by Wood reveal the minutiae of his thoughts and offer a fascinating parallel to his available recordings.

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Phillip A. Cooke; Boydell & Brewer

Published to mark the Scottish composer's sixtieth birthday in July, this is the first in-depth examination of James MacMillan's life, work and aesthetic, looking closely at his most significant works and setting them in a wider context defined by contemporary culture and the arts in general. It also considers his strong Catholic faith and how this has influenced his work, along with his politics and his relationship with Scottish nationalism.

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Melissa D. Burrage; University of Rochester Press

This book illustrates the dramatic shift in attitude towards German-Americans and German nationals in the USA during World War I by highlighting the story of Karl Muck, the celebrated German conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, who was targeted and ultimately arrested and deported. His mistreatment provides a narrative thread connecting various wartime and post-war themes.

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Berta Joncus; Boydell & Brewer

Kitty Clive (1711-1785) was a top London stage star - yet in the 1740s, critical opinion turned against her. She quit serious song and took to caricaturing herself on stage, winning back audiences by disparaging her earlier achievements. For music historians, musicologists, theatre scholars, and anyone curious about performance history in eighteenth-century Britain, her story is not to be missed.

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Katherine Butler; Boydell & Brewer

Queen Elizabeth I had a strong reputation for musicality. This book unravels the connotations surrounding her musical image and traces the political roles of music at the Elizabethan court. It scrutinises the most intimate performances within the Privy Chamber, analyses the masques and plays performed in the palaces, and explores the musical pageantry of tournaments and civic entries.

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This book will teach you how to record, mix, and master music. With accessible language for both beginner and advanced readers, it contains countless illustrations and includes tips and tricks for all the popular digital audio workstations, with coverage of common plug-ins and processors.

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Henry Dunn (editor); Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Research shows the positive psychological benefits when people with autism spectrum conditions engage with music therapy. This book celebrates the richness of this approach: with a strong focus on practice-based evidence it showcases clinicians, researchers and educators working in a variety of settings.

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Harris M. Berger & Ruth M. Stone; Routledge

This second edition examines key intellectual movements and topic areas in social and cultural theory, exploring the way they have been taken up in ethnomusicological research. New chapters have been added on gender and sexuality, sound and voice studies, performance and critical improvisation studies, and theories of participation.

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Leonardo Cardoso; Oxford University Press

How does the state separate music from noise? In São Paulo, noise control became a recurrent controversy, growing in size and scale between the 1990s and 2010s. This book argues that the framing of specific sounds as unavoidable, unnecessary, or as harmful "noise" has been an effective strategy to organise spaces and administer group behaviour in this rapidly expanding city.

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Olivia Newton-John; Simon & Schuster

A four-time Grammy Award winner, Olivia Newton-John is one of the world's best-selling recording artists of all time, with more than 100 million albums sold. Her starring roles in the iconic movies Grease and Xanadu catapulted her into super-stardom. Now she is sharing her journey from Melbourne schoolgirl to international sensation in this warm and candid book.

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