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 New Publications, New Music Book Publications - 23rd December 2019

New Books 23rd DecemberWelcome to our latest selection of new music books. Our picks this time round include a collection of essays on Berlioz; conversations with conductor Sir Mark Elder; a study of film music by Aaron Copland and Hanns Eisler; guides to Broadway musicals and choral-orchestral repertoire; tips on training opera singers for vocal coaches and répétiteurs; photographs documenting the life and work of celebrated tenor, Jonas Kaufmann; a history of jazz in post-war East Germany; and a look at the interaction between music and society.

Raymond Holden; Royal Academy of Music Press; Hardback

In conversation with Professor Raymond Holden of the Royal Academy of Music, Sir Mark Elder talks about some of the major issues facing music, musicians and audiences today. From his first musical experiences as a boy treble in Canterbury Cathedral to his current roles, he discusses the music that has marked his distinguished career.

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David Cairns; Toccata Press; Hardback

For the past half-century and more David Cairns has been one of the world's pre-eminent Berlioz scholars, but many of his writings on Berlioz were intended for particular audiences and have never been collected between a single set of covers until now. This book presents nearly forty essays from the past five decades that even now throw unexpected light on this most quixotic and profound of composers - firebrand and philosopher almost in the same breath.

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Christine Cerletti & Thomas Voigt; Verlag für moderne Kunst; Hardback

This photo book documents the artistic work of the exceptional singer, Jonas Kaufmann, and traces the most important stages in his life. These images are supplemented and mirrored by Kaufmann himself: for the first time he has published his own photographs, allowing readers to share his impressions of his travels and his life outside the stage.

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Drawn by Hollywood's potential to reach and edify the public, Copland and Eisler expertly wove sophisticated musical ideas into Hollywood and, each in their own distinctive way, left an indelible mark on movie history. This dual study pairs interpretations of their writings on film composing with a close examination of their first Hollywood projects: Copland's music for Of Mice and Men and Eisler's score for Hangmen Also Die!.

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Jonathan D. Green & David W. Oertel; Rowman & Littlefield; Hardback

Surveying repertoire from 1600 to the present, this omnibus edition of Green's earlier works includes and enlarges on the original information collected, including a biographical sketch of each composer, and for each work the approximate duration, text sources, performing forces, available editions, locations of manuscripts, notes, performance issues, evaluation of solo roles, and difficulty levels.

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This practical guide for opera coaches will help singers to meet the physical and vocal demands of a score. This second edition includes new and updated chapters throughout, featuring discussions on large ensembles, 21st-century demands, a deeper investigation of the problems posed by particular operas, and a revised chapter structure that allows for an expanded and progressive emphasis on technical work.

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Roger Parker & Susan Rutherford (editors); University of Chicago Press; Hardback

A collection of essays focussing on the voice and its relation to music of the streets, theatres, opera houses, and concert halls of London between 1820 and 1840. It explores the multifaceted issues that shaped the capital, from the anxiety surrounding the city's importance in the musical world at large to the changing vocal imaginations that permeated the epoch.

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Nick Attfield & Ben Winters (editors); Routledge; Paperback

In his 1985 book The Idea of Music: Schoenberg and Others, Peter Franklin set out a challenge for musicology: namely, how best to talk and write about the music of modern European culture that fell outside of the modernist mainstream typified by Schoenberg, Berg, and Webern. Thirty years on, this collected volume of essays returns to that challenge and the vibrant intellectual field that has since developed.

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Fred Lerdahl; University of California Press; Paperback

Theorist Fred Lerdahl reveals the way in which his research on building a comprehensive model of music cognition has served as a foundation for his compositional style. He offers an overall picture of the musical mind that has implications for central issues in contemporary composition, including the recurrent gap between method and result, and the tension between cognitive constraints and utopian views of musical progress.

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Nick Crossley; Manchester University Press; Paperback

This book argues that music is a form of social interaction, interwoven in the fabric of society and in constant interplay with economic and political factors. Successive chapters track and explore these interplays, in each case combining a critical consideration of existing literature with the development of an original, relational approach to music sociology.

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Stanley Green & Cary Ginell; Applause Books; Paperback

Featuring a wealth of statistics and inside information, plus critical reception, cast lists, pithy commentary about each show, and numerous detailed indexes that no Broadway fan will want to be without, this updated ninth edition of one of the best-selling and comprehensive Broadway reference books, first published in 1985, includes musicals produced up to Spring 2019.

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Helma Kaldewey; Cambridge University Press; Hardback

This first full history of jazz in East Germany chronicles the experiences of jazz musicians, and charts the numerous policies state socialism issued to manage this dynamic art form. Offering a radical revision of scholarly views of jazz as a genre of dissent, this vivid and authoritative study marks developments in the production, performance, and reception of jazz from the GDR's beginning in the 1940s to its end in 1990.

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Bill Kopp explores the ingenuity with which Pink Floyd rebranded itself following the 1968 departure of Syd Barrett, releasing landmark albums that continue to influence generations of musicians. By highlighting key innovations and musical breakthroughs, this book places Pink Floyd in its historical, cultural, and musical contexts while celebrating the test of fire that took the band from the brink of demise to enduring superstardom.

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