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 New Publications, New Music Book Publications - 16th May 2022

by James Longstaffe

The latest Very Short Introduction from OUP on Beethoven; a biography of famed jazz clarinettist Artie Shaw; an examination of the perception of American music in the minds of French authors; a handbook for aspiring orchestral managers; a guide to building a career in live entertainment sound; an exploration of the affinity between twentieth-century abstract art and jazz music; and a volume discussing Eurasian musical journeys.

 New Publications, New Music Book Publications - 2nd May 2022

by James Longstaffe

The official guide to the 2022 BBC Proms; an exploration of the heroic in music; a paperback edition of one person's obsession with the sound of the foghorn; a biography of Johann Scheibe, organ builder during the time of Bach; the impact of the French Revolution on music-making; a chronicle of choreographer Frederick Ashton; the story of the birth of pop music; a memoir by jazz author Alyn Shipton; and a dive into the music scene in the Chinese city of Guangzhou.

 New Publications, New Music Book Publications - 18th April 2022

by James Longstaffe

An examination of the life and work of Benjamin Britten; paperback editions of András Schiff's memoir and Michael Spitzer's exploration of the relationship between music and the human species; a history of stringed keyboard instruments; music-related science experiments for children; a collection of lyrics and illustratons by the late Scott Hutchison, vocalist and songwriter of Frightened Rabbit; and the story of jazz musician Ornette Coleman.

 New Publications, New Music Book Publications - 4th April 2022

by James Longstaffe

100 things for children to know about music; an examination of subjectivity in the music of Schumann; a study of Morton Feldman's associations with artists such as John Cage and Jackson Pollock; the importance of wood in the art of making string instruments; the relationship between music and the body in late medieval England; an analysis of the Golden Age musicals of Darryl F. Zanuck; and a musical journey through modern Black Britain.

 New Publications, New Music Book Publications - 21st March 2022

by James Longstaffe

A biography of Rachmaninoff; essays exploring the life and work of Berlioz; an assessment of the choral works of Vaughan Williams; a collection of correspondence between John Cage and Peter Yates; activities designed to enrich and diversify primary school music; and a new edition of a classic textbook on psychology for musicians.

 New Publications, New Music Book Publications - 7th March 2022

by James Longstaffe

The story of Janáček’s Jenůfa; a re-evaluation of the relationship between singer Emma Bardac and Claude Debussy; an exploration of film scores by John Barry; lectures by composer Elliott Carter; a biography of Nellie Melba; the third volume in Carus's series on the historical performance practice of organ music; and the history of sound and music in the British North American fur trade.

 New Publications, New Music Book Publications - 7th February 2022

by James Longstaffe

A collection of essays rethinking topics connected with JS Bach; a study of Beethoven's piano sonatas; an examination of the music of Elliott Carter; an exploration of the consumption of food and drink in operas; a biography of Russian pianist Maria Yudina; an assessment of music during the Cultural Revolution in China; an introduction to the links between poetry and song; and an analysis of the representation of Australian Aboriginal music and dance on public stages.

 New Publications, New Music Book Publications - 24th January 2022

by James Longstaffe

Essays on Scriabin; a re-assessment of female characters in Mozart's operas; an exploration of Inuit music-making in Alaska; an introduction to music and liturgy in medieval Britain; a guide to the analysis of musical theatre; a consideration of the influence of the Martha Graham Dance Company on contemporary artists; a study of the importance of the 1970s Soviet Underground scene to the music of Arvo Pärt; and a pedagogical volume devoted to jazz singing.

 New Publications, New Music Book Publications - 4th January 2022

by James Longstaffe

A biography of Shostakovich; a companion to Steven Spielberg's film of Bernstein's West Side Story; a guide to Rossini's The Barber of Seville; studies on the music of Clara Schumann and Thomas Adès; a collection of essays on Joseph Joachim; a history of British musical theatre; the lyrics of Paul McCartney from 1956 to the present day; biographies of Harry Styles, Led Zeppelin, and Will Smith; and an analysis of Maria Callas's 1954 album of operatic arias.

 Awards, Presto Music Awards 2021 - Book Winners

by Ellena Taylor

We are very pleased to announce the winning book publications for the annual Presto Music Awards! We have chosen five of the most outstanding publications from the past twelve months. Find out the winners here.

 Favourites, Christmas Gift Ideas - Books on Music History & Genres

by James Longstaffe

A selection of Christmas gift suggestions, focusing on genres such as jazz, popular music, & musicals, piano manufacturers Fazioli and Erard, and books on the history of music.

 Favourites, Christmas Gift Ideas - Books on Classical Composers

by James Longstaffe

A selection of Christmas gift suggestions, focusing on biographies and other books published this year about composers and specific pieces of music.

 Announcement, Buy lots and make a difference

by Chris O'Reilly

For four days we will be donating 5% of all the revenue we receive to three charities whose aims are closely aligned with our own: the Chineke! Foundation, National Youth Choirs of Great Britain and Gabrieli Consort & Players.

 New Publications, New Music Book Publications - 1st November 2021

by James Longstaffe

Suggestions of pieces to help soothe the soul; a paperback edition of a biography of Mozart; a documentation of violins that survived the concentration camps of the Second World War; a guide to the career of Clara Schumann; games and ideas for musical play with pre-school children; and two books on Bruce Springsteen, one of them written in collaboration with former US President, Barack Obama.

 New Publications, New Music Book Publications - 11th October 2021

by James Longstaffe

A companion to Bach's Cello Suites by cellist, Steven Isserlis; a paperback edition of a biography of Schumann; an exploration of the religious, political and cultural contexts surrounding the life and music of Franz Liszt; a collection of musical puzzles and games from Classic FM; the history of Fazioli grand pianos; a discussion of the musical and cultural identities of Russian composers abroad; and a guide for teachers on the world of musical theatre.

 New Publications, New Music Book Publications - 27th September 2021

by James Longstaffe

A paperback edition of Alex Ross's best-selling book on Wagnerism; reflections on music from twenty-six contributors in a variety of artistic, scientific, and political fields; an analysis of works depicting the soundscapes of American places; a new approach to music teaching from Paul Harris; a theory of the power of musical motives; reflections on the music of Milton Babbitt; and a dissection of the music and lyrics of Bob Dylan.

 New Publications, New Music Book Publications - 13th September 2021

by James Longstaffe

Texts and translations of the complete Lieder of Hugo Wolf; an introduction to Sibelius and his cultural environment; an analysis of Beethoven's String Quartet in C sharp minor, Op. 131; an examination of recently-discovered fragments of medieval polyphony in Dorset; an exploration of opera in postwar Venice; and a guide to music copyright in the digital age.

 New Publications, New Music Book Publications - 30th August 2021

by James Longstaffe

An analysis of Charles Ives's Concord Sonata; essays exploring the relationship between music and romanticism; a history of music for children; an examination of the reception of Bartók's music in fascist Italy; paperback editions of books on Brahms, Schoenberg, singing in Renaissance Italy, and self-referential elements in late medieval music; a handbook of contemporary ballet; a discussion of African music in Brazil; and a guide for teachers on instilling wellness in musicians.

 New Publications, New Music Book Publications - 16th August 2021

by James Longstaffe

Paperback editions of books on Brahms and Chopin; an encyclopedia of the life and works of Stravinsky; the history of Erard pianos; an examination of the origins of the coloratura soprano in nineteenth-century opera; ideas for making music with very young children; strategies for using cognitive science to optimise practice and performance; and a collection of essays discussing the professional challenges facing ethnomusicologists.

 New Publications, New Music Book Publications - 2nd August 2021

by James Longstaffe

A history of the piano as explored through the lens of 100 pieces; a guide to the music of Hector Berlioz; an examination of the film music of John Williams; an exploration of the role of music in the ancient Greek and Roman worlds; a look at how differing performance venues have helped to shape the history of jazz; and a memoir of the singer Amy Winehouse by her childhood friend.