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 New Publications, New Music Book Publications - 3rd May 2021

by James Longstaffe

Books on composers including Berg, Fauré, and Gluck; a study of musical polystylism in the final decades of the Soviet Union; an exploration of choral singing in Ancient Greece; an examination of the ways in which Baroque composers notated tempos in their scores before the invention of the metronome; an account of Chinese street music and its impact on the local community; and several books celebrating the eightieth birthday of iconic musician, Bob Dylan.

 New Publications, New Music Book Publications - 19th April 2021

by James Longstaffe

An examination of the appeal and power of music in times of crisis; an exploration of how the musical press in France affected the notion of a "canon" of works; a discussion of the interaction between music and its listeners in the digital age; a biography of the early life of Bob Dylan; and a collection of iconic covers from the Blue Note label.

 New Publications, New Music Book Publications - 5th April 2021

by James Longstaffe

Volumes on composers such as Brahms, Charles Ives, and Arthur Sullivan; an analysis of the depictions of musical instruments found on a sumptuous piece of Elizabethan furniture; examinations of Jewish music in Germany after the Second World War and of the effect that jazz had on Europe after World War One; a history of how the human species has listened to music through the ages; and a paperback edition of Philip Clark's biography of Dave Brubeck.

 New Publications, New Music Book Publications - 22nd March 2021

by James Longstaffe

A new paperback edition of Roger Scruton's exploration of Wagner's Parsifal; an examination of methods in music research; a social history of folk song in England; an analysis of musical infrastructures; a handbook of algorithmic music; and a discussion of the ways in which French composers channeled their trauma into their music after the First World War.

 New Publications, New Music Book Publications - 8th March 2021

by James Longstaffe

A psychological analysis of legendary opera singer, Maria Callas; a study of the songs of Fanny Hensel; an exploration of Lutheran themes present in the music of Bach; an examination of ten conductors' annotated scores of Mozart's Jupiter Symphony; a new edition of Nicholas Cook's classic introduction to music; and handbooks on music and philosophy, and community music.

 New Publications, New Music Book Publications - 22nd February 2021

by James Longstaffe

An introduction to Western musical notation; a new translation of Richard Wagner's essays on the art of conducting; a biography of blues singer, Bessie Smith; an encyclopedia of historical performance practice; a look behind the scenes at the Ballets Russes; a guide to piano fingering; a study of concert life in nineteenth-century America; an exploration of music in Ancient Greece; and the history of the ballad singer in Georgian and Victorian London.

 New Publications, New Music Book Publications - 8th February 2021

by James Longstaffe

An examination of how Bizet's Carmen became one of the most popular operas; a companion to Schubert's Winterreise; the effect that Mahler's Eighth Symphony has had since its premiere; the history of London theatre music from Purcell to Handel; an unpacking of the myths surrounding American blues performers; and an illustrated history of musicals.

 New Publications, New Music Book Publications - 25th January 2021

by James Longstaffe

An updated biography of Mozart; an exploration of Puccini's La bohème; an analysis of the ballet collaborations between Leonard Bernstein and Jerome Robbins; a discussion of the issues facing pianists when performing historical repertoire on modern instruments; an examination of fugue in the sixteenth century; and books on music and liturgy in the Iberian Peninsula and fourteenth-century northern France.

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

by James Longstaffe

Biographies of Mozart and Chinese composer Chen Yi; essays on the organ works of Bach; a handbook illustrating the essential nature of singing through the millennia; philosophical discourse in relation to music in the Roman Empire; an analysis of the solfeggio tradition in the eighteenth century; the politics of opera from Monteverdi to Mozart; a collection of interviews with prominent oboists; and a critique of music and musicians in modern Turkey.

 New Publications, New Music Book Publications - 14th December 2020

by James Longstaffe

Books on composers including Mahler, Arvo Pärt, Stravinsky, Thomas Adès, and George Frederick Bristow; a guide to the Baroque Violin & Viola; examinations of Occitanian Crusade Songs and American Hymnody in the antebellum period of the United States; an exploration of the Big Band years of Louis Armstrong's career; and an account of the revitalisation of Broadway in the mid-1970s.

 Awards, Presto Book Awards 2020

by James Longstaffe

We are very pleased to announce our inaugural Presto Music Book Awards! We have chosen five of the most outstanding publications from the past twelve months.

 Favourites, Christmas Gift Ideas - Music Education & History Books

by James Longstaffe

For our final Christmas gift guide for 2020, we offer some suggestions for children's educational books, alongside reference guides and companions to the history of music.

 Favourites, Christmas Gift Ideas - Books on Popular, Jazz, & World Artists

by James Longstaffe

Our second gift guide offers suggestions of books published this year on jazz & world music artists, famous names from musical theatre and songwriting, and rock & pop icons.

 Favourites, Christmas Gift Ideas - Books on Classical Composers & Performers

by James Longstaffe

A selection of Christmas gift suggestions, focusing on recent composer biographies and books about and written by Classical performers.

 Announcement, Give Back Friday

by Chris O'Reilly

For the next four days we will be donating 5% of all the revenue we receive to two charities whose aims are closely aligned with our own: the Chineke! Foundation and the Benedetti Foundation.

 Announcement, Introducing Presto Instruments & Accessories

by Ellena Taylor

We are very pleased to be able to announce the latest development on the Presto website: a new department dedicated to musical instruments and accessories which we launched at the end of last month.

 New Publications, New Music Book Publications - 16th November 2020

by James Longstaffe

Three introductions to music history for children; a study of how music creates emotion; a guide to twenty-first century vocal repertoire; an examination of the compositions of Johann Joseph Fux; handbooks on music in social media and the operatic canon; and a biography of dancing legend Gene Kelly.

 New Publications, New Music Book Publications - 2nd November 2020

by James Longstaffe

Books on composers such as Richard Strauss, Delius, Britten, and Fauré; tips and techniques on producing classical recordings in the Decca tradition; a biography of experimental musician Wendy Carlos; a guide to writing music for video games; and a discusson of Bolivian popular music.

 New Publications, New Music Book Publications - 19th October 2020

by James Longstaffe

Biographies of Thomas Tallis and Michael Tippett; a celebration of 150 years of the Royal Albert Hall; a collection of essays in honour of early music scholar Christopher Page; books on the guitar in Georgian England and music in North-East England; the importance of music-making to people on the autism spectrum; and an analysis of performance practice issues in nineteenth-century violin repertoire.

 New Publications, New Music Book Publications - 5th October 2020

by James Longstaffe

Several volumes marking the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth; an analysis of Brahms's violin sonatas; the history and construction of minimalist music; a guide to making your own bassoon reeds; the life and legacy of jazz saxophonist Dexter Gordon; the latest edition of the Rare Record Price Guide; and a handbook on teaching music to students with autism.