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

by James Longstaffe

Books on composers including Benjamin Britten and Ernest Moeran; a re-evaluation of how to write music history; an exploration of the importance of operettas in early twentieth-century Viennese life; analyses of musicals including Spamalot and The Music Man; and collections of essays on the drum kit and music in video games.

 New Publications, New Music Book Publications - 21st June 2021

by James Longstaffe

Several books on Beethoven including a paperback edition of Laura Tunbridge's award-winning volume focusing on nine pieces from the composer's output; a biography of opera singer, Maria Callas; an examination of the ways in which Ravel's music is often described as magical and illusory; the first comprehensive biography of Ivor Gurney; and a handbook to forging a career as a conductor.

 New Publications, New Music Book Publications - 7th June 2021

by James Longstaffe

The official guide to the 2021 BBC Proms; a collection of letters to and from Gerald Finzi; a biography of Ravi Shankar; a consideration of the importance of liturgy and music during the reign of Louis XIII; an examination of the role that music played in the writings of E.M. Forster; a subversive history of music from the point of view of social outcasts; ideas on teaching composition in the secondary classroom; and an exploration of the musical history of modern Black Britain.

 New Publications, New Music Book Publications - 24th May 2021

by James Longstaffe

A biography of Russian composer, Nikolay Myaskovsky; the memoirs of Austrian conductor, Franz Welser-Möst; an updated edition of Ted Gioia's classic history of jazz; a critical companion to motets of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries; an analysis of the shepherd's melody from Wagner's Tristan und Isolde; an examination of the historical role of the clarinet; and an intrepid tale of the booming sound of the foghorn.

 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.

 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.

 New Publications, New Music Book Publications - 21st September 2020

by James Longstaffe

Two volumes on Richard Wagner, including the latest book from best-selling author, Alex Ross; an updated biography of Bach from the Master Musicians series; the memoirs of song accompanist, Helmut Deutsch; a companion to more than 400 orchestral works; an historical survey of the Renaissance flute; a collection of essays discussing the concept of rhythm; and a guide to singing in Mandarin.

 New Publications, New Music Book Publications - 7th September 2020

by James Longstaffe

An introdution to Renaissance polyphony; a memoir by Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason on raising a family of musicians; an examination of the position of music in Tudor and Stuart England; a study of the songs of Johanna Kinkel; the life and music of Nat King Cole; the stories behind the songs of Jimi Hendrix; and collections of photographs of David Bowie and The Beatles.