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 New Publications, New Music Book Publications - 28th October 2019

New Books 28th OctoberWelcome to our latest selection of new music books. Our picks this time round include an analysis of Beethoven's compositions from the year 1806; an exploration of music in Vienna across three centuries; an enquiry into the nature and meaning of opera; a paperback reissue of Susan McClary's classic text looking at the Italian madrigal in the sixteenth century; an examination of the compositional techniques of Henry Purcell; a study of Caribbean carnival music in New York City; and the latest volume in Oxford University Press's Studies in Recorded Jazz series, taking a look at Dave Brubeck's seminal 1959 album, Time Out.

Classical Music

Mark Ferraguto; Oxford University Press

Between early 1806 and early 1807, Ludwig van Beethoven completed a remarkable series of instrumental works. But critics have struggled to reconcile the music of this banner year with his "heroic style," the paradigm through which his middle-period works have typically been understood. This book explores the contexts in which the music of this year was conceived, composed, and heard.

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David Wyn Jones; Boydell & Brewer

Vienna has long been associated with many of the most significant composers in Western music - from Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, through the Strauss family, Brahms, Bruckner and Wolf, to Mahler, Lehár, Schoenberg and Webern. This book explores the history of music in Vienna, focusing on three different epochs, an approach which allows the very different relationships between music and society that existed in each of these periods to be distinguished.

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Christopher Wintle; Plumbago Books

This book mounts a searching enquiry into the elusive character of opera, arguing that any work of art can be grasped primarily through its constellation of Platonic ideas. Although it looks back to the infancy of opera, it concentrates on later, more familiar repertoire - principally Wagner, Verdi, Strauss and Britten.

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Joy H. Calico; University of California Press

This first thorough examination of the important influence of opera on Brecht's writings looks at the German playwright's lifelong ambivalent engagement with the genre. An ardent opera lover in his youth, Brecht later denounced the form as decadent and irrelevant to modern society, even as he continued to work on opera projects throughout his career.

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Susan McClary; University of California Press

Now available in paperback, this is an illuminating cultural interpretation of the sixteenth-century Italian madrigal, from its early manifestations in Philippe Verdelot's settings of Machiavelli in the 1520s to the tortured chromatic experiments of Carlo Gesualdo. Although McClary takes the lyrics into account, she focuses particularly on the details of the music itself, developing an analytical method that allows her to unravel the sophisticated allegorical structures characteristic of the madrigal.

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Alan Howard; Cambridge University Press

Alan Howard offers the first analytical approach to Purcell's music to examine compositional methods alongside historically contemporary theory, challenging previous responses to Purcell's music that portrayed him as fundamentally conservative. This study offers fresh insights into the musical world in which Purcell lived and worked and situates his compositional concerns within the broader context of notions of artifice in Restoration culture.

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W. Dean Sutcliffe; Cambridge University Press

W. Dean Sutcliffe invites us to face up to the challenge of re-evaluating the communicative rationales that lie behind eighteenth-century instrumental style. Taking a behavioural perspective, he divides sociability into 'technical' and 'affective' realms, paying close attention both to particular recurring musical patterns as well as to some of the style's most salient expressive attributes, using Haydn as the pivotal figure.

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Robert Levine; Running Press

With cheery narrator Orchestra Bob as their guide, children are encouraged to listen, learn, and enjoy as they are introduced to the most powerful works from the greatest composers throughout history whilst listening to musical examples of what they are learning about. Illustrated in exquisite and colourful detail with over 100 original drawings and photographs, this is the perfect introduction to the magical world of classical music.

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Michael Udow; Oxford University Press

A practical guide for students interested in teaching percussion as well as improving their technique, applying its principles to several instruments including snare drum, timpani, marimba, vibraphone, tambourine, triangle, bass drum, cymbals, and tam-tam. Chapters also focus on integrated rhythms, anatomy and physiological health, purposeful listening, and the importance of singing when practising.

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Jazz & World Music

Stephen A. Crist; Oxford University Press

Dave Brubeck's Time Out ranks among the most popular jazz albums of all time. With tracks such as Take Five and Blue Rondo à la Turk it is widely recognised as a pioneering endeavour into the use of odd meters in jazz. Stephen A. Crist draws on nearly fifteen years of research to offer the most thorough examination to date of this seminal album, couching careful analysis of each of its seven tracks within historical and cultural contexts.

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Ray Allen; Oxford University Press

Carnival, transplanted from Trinidad to Harlem in the 1930s and to Brooklyn in the late 1960s, provides the cultural context for this study. Blending oral history, archival research, and ethnography, it examines how members of New York's diverse Anglophile-Caribbean communities forged trans-national identities through the self-conscious embrace and transformation of select Carnival music styles and performances.

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