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 New Publications, New Music Book Publications - 5th August 2019

New Books 5th AugustWelcome to our latest selection of new music books. Our picks this time round include reflections on the life of a musician from pianist Stephen Hough; the history of Chopin's 24 Preludes traced through the instruments on which they were played; a discussion of Beethoven's role as a lifelong revolutionary; an introduction to dance choreography; an examination of music in postwar Berlin; a compendium of experimental performing techniques for brass instruments; a handbook of research into the effect of music on the brain; and a collection of photographs of David Bowie by iconic photographer Terry O'Neill.

Stephen Hough; Faber & Faber

One of the world's leading pianists writes about life as a musician, from exploring what it is like to walk out on stage or to make a recording, to tips from inside the practice room. He also writes about people he's known, places he's travelled to, books he's read, paintings he's seen, and touches on more controversial subjects, including the challenges involved in being a gay Catholic.

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In November 1838, Frederic Chopin sailed to Majorca with George Sand and her children, settling in an abandoned monastery, where he finished his 24 Preludes. There was scarcely a decent piano on the island so Chopin worked on a small pianino made by a local craftsman. New in paperback, this book traces the history of the Preludes through the instruments on which they were played, the pianists who interpreted them and the traditions they came to represent, beginning and ending with the Majorcan pianino.

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Beethoven imbibed Enlightenment and revolutionary ideas in Bonn where they were fervently discussed in cafes and at the university. Through Beethoven's letters, portraits and other personal papers, and by setting him alongside the major artists of the time, John Clubbe illuminates Beethoven's role as a lifelong revolutionary.

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By exploring the essential artistic and practical skills of the choreographer, this book offers unique insights for apprentice dance makers. The chapters cover key areas including stage geometry and atmosphere, movement as dance in time and space, group choreography, and structure and the 'choreographic eye'. This is an ideal companion for dancers and students wanting to develop their skills to effectively articulate them in performance.

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In the aftermath of World War I, a sense of impasse and thwarted promise shaped the political and cultural spheres in Britain. Uncovering the work of composers including Peter Warlock and Kaikhosru Sorabji, Sarah Collins traces the shared tendencies of literary and musical modernisms in interwar Britain, and explores the political investments underpinning these tendencies, as well as the influence of English Nietzscheanism and related intellectual currents.

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Abby Anderton; Indiana University Press

Air raids during World War II reduced much of Berlin to rubble. Abby Anderton explores the classical music culture of post-war Berlin, analysing archival documents, period sources, and musical scores to identify the sound of civilian suffering after urban catastrophe, and revealing how rubble functioned as a literal, figurative, psychological, and sonic element by examining the resonances of trauma heard in the German musical repertoire after 1945.

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Michael H. Thaut & Donald Hodges (editors); Oxford University Press

This study is a compendium of current research on music in the human brain, bringing together fifty-four authors from thirteen countries. Each chapter offers a thorough review of the current status of research literature as well as an examination of limitations of knowledge and suggestions for future advancement and research efforts.

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Maurice Sendak is well-known for his acclaimed children's books, but he also designed a number of opera and ballet sets, among them Mozart's The Magic Flute, Janáček's The Cunning Little Vixen, and Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker. This book brings together over 125 sketches, watercolors, and cardboard models. Essays discuss the importance of music to Sendak's work and the artworks that inspired his stage designs.

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Malte Burba; Breitkopf & Härtel

This compendium of experimental playing techniques for brass instruments has been written for composers as well as for interpreters. Exploring new areas of technique always means crossing boundaries, since conventional solutions are seldom satisfactory. The usual judgment of ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ ways to produce a tone interferes with the productivity and creativity necessary to make new musical and playing experiences possible.

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With more than 500 photographs, this book is the result of iconic photographer Terry O'Neill's creative partnership with David Bowie that spanned over a number of years, including images published here for the first time. Their work together includes images from the last Ziggy Stardust performance, recording sessions for Young Americans, and the renowned studio portraits for Diamond Dogs, plus live shows, film shoots, backstage moments and more.

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