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Latest News: Books

 New Publications, New Music Book Publications - 18th May 2020

by James Longstaffe

A exploration of Wagner's final opera, Parsifal; books on the music of Shostakovich and Brahms; the long-awaited final volume of Henry-Louis de La Grange's monumental biography of Gustav Mahler; a collection of the writings of Peter Maxwell Davies; and essays on the impact of Benjamin Britten on contemporary British music.

 New Publications, New Music Book Publications - 4th May 2020

by James Longstaffe

A guide to the instruments of the orchestra courtesy of Sir Simon Rattle and the LSO; a biography of American composer Samuel Barber; a collection of essays by Richard Taruskin; the first biography of Ravi Shankar; the history of the Eurovision Song Contest; and an overview of British musical films between 1929 and 1945.

 New Publications, New Music Book Publications - 20th April 2020

by James Longstaffe

A biography of Poulenc; the memoirs of pianist András Schiff; essays looking at British music after Benjamin Britten; music in theory and practice during the fourteenth century; the impact of changing copyright laws on performance; a guide to buying pianos; and an exploration of music and sound in the films of Charlie Chaplin.

 New Publications, New Music Book Publications - 6th April 2020

by James Longstaffe

An examination of Bach's creative process; an essay on the tendency of listeners to hear music as a projection of a composer's inner self; discussions of the music of Brahms, Offenbach, Verdi, and Berlioz; a reassessment of the music of Prokofiev; a new musicological perspective on music after Debussy; and an account of music in North Korea.

 New Publications, New Music Book Publications - 23rd March 2020

by James Longstaffe

A discussion of the ways in which Beethoven began his works; a critical account of Prokofiev's operas; cross-curricular experiments in sound based on the music of John Cage; a documentation of how the songs of the troubadours were not originally French in nature; and a look at the life and career of famed jazz saxophonist, Ornette Coleman.

 New Publications, New Music Book Publications - 9th March 2020

by James Longstaffe

A study of Mahler's Eighth Symphony; a biography of Mozart during his final decade in Vienna; Steven Isserlis's take on Schumann's Advice to Young Musicians; a discussion of music and the countryside; an examination of music's role during the Great War; a collection of lyrics by Stephen Sondheim; and the latest volumes in Faber & Faber's Greatest Hits series.

 New Publications, New Music Book Publications - 24th February 2020

by James Longstaffe

A guide to the music of Mendelssohn; discussions of the music of William Byrd, and Ernest Bloch; a biography of "Hitler's Pianist", Ernst Hanfstaengl; a social history of the drum kit; an exploration of symbolism in music of the Middle Ages; and volumes on jazz musicians Dave Brubeck and Duke Ellington.

 New Publications, New Music Book Publications - 10th February 2020

by James Longstaffe

Two publications for the Beethoven anniversary year; the history of organ-building firm, Gray & Davison; a handbook of key concepts in musical theory; activities to encourage well-being in toddlers and young children; a contextual study of the impact of The Beatles; and an examination of the role of women in Caribbean carnival music.

 New Publications, New Music Book Publications - 27th January 2020

by James Longstaffe

Discussions of the music of Mahler, Telemann, Peter Maxwell Davies, and Ernst von Dohnányi; the importance of fantasy to nineteenth-century French music; books on polyphony in medieval Paris and music during times of plague; an introduction to country music; and an examination of the popularity of musical theatre across America.

 New Publications, New Music Book Publications - 13th January 2020

by James Longstaffe

Biographies of Johann Sebastian Bach and Irving Berlin; a history of fifteenth-century music; philosophical explorations of both the bodily experience and the love of music; an encyclopedia of Johnny Cash; and a discussion of the increasingly blurred distinction between music and sound effects in the modern soundtrack.

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

by James Longstaffe

A collection of essays on Berlioz; conversations with conductor Sir Mark Elder; a study of film music by Aaron Copland and Hanns Eisler; a guide to Broadway musicals; tips on training opera singers; photographs documenting the life and work of Jonas Kaufmann; and a history of jazz in post-war East Germany.

 New Publications, New Music Book Publications - 9th December 2019

by James Longstaffe

An analysis of Mahler's Seventh Symphony; books engaging with the sacred music of Johann Sebastian Bach; a companion to the world of operetta; a celebration of 100 years of the Royal Academy of Dance; essays pondering the nature of rhythm; and a guide for singers on performing rock music within the context of musical theatre.

 New Publications, New Music Book Publications - 25th November 2019

by James Longstaffe

A collection of letters between Leonard Bernstein and two of his Japanese fans; the history of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; a look at how censorship affected the composition of Berg's opera, Lulu; and the impact of technology on the development of new sounds and instruments.

 New Publications, New Music Book Publications - 11th November 2019

by James Longstaffe

A collection of essays by pianist Alfred Brendel; a lavishly-illustrated companion to classical music published by Dorling Kindersley; a guide to the greatest composers from the chief music critic for the New York Times; the first-ever biography of saxophonist Johnny Hodges; and a new paperback edition of the Cambridge Wagner Encyclopedia.

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

by James Longstaffe

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; and a study of Dave Brubeck's seminal 1959 album, Time Out.

 New Publications, New Music Book Publications - 14th October 2019

by James Longstaffe

A collection of letters by Cole Porter; guides to the American musical on both stage and screen; a new English translation of Wagner's libretto for his series of music dramas, Der Ring des Nibelungen; analyses of the music of Luigi Dallapiccola and Mieczysław Weinberg; an exploration of Debussy's piano music; and autobiographies by popular singers including Elton John, Julie Andrews, and Tony Christie.

 New Publications, New Music Book Publications - 30th September 2019

by James Longstaffe

A biography of George Gershwin; a paperback edition of Cambridge's Encyclopedia of Brass Instruments; a collection of essays looking at the impact of digital technology on musical culture; a compendium of documents relating to the life of Handel between 1742 and 1750; and a musical puzzle book from Classic FM.

 Announcement, New international delivery charges & shipping options

by Chris O'Reilly

Chris introduces some updates to our delivery options for orders being shipped outside the UK.

 New Publications, New Music Book Publications - 16th September 2019

by James Longstaffe

A discussion of the importance of orchestral conductors; insights into performing great piano works from renowned pianist Menahem Pressler; a comprehensive guide to the maintenance, repair, and restoration of violins; the first collection of academic essays devoted to The Rolling Stones; and an analysis of the poetry behind popular song lyrics.

 New Publications, New Music Book Publications - 2nd September 2019

by James Longstaffe

Books on composers including Gershwin, Korngold, Handel, and Prokofiev; a biography of acclaimed conductor Willem Mengelberg; a family guide to great composers from Classic FM; a history of music criticism; and a look at the development of postbop jazz in the 1960s.

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