Leading Musically
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Leading Musically

Musical leadership is associated with a specific profession—the conductor—as well as being a colloquial metaphor for human communication and cooperation at its best. This book examines what musical leadership is, by delving into the choral conductor role, what goes on in the music-making moment and what it takes to do it well. One of the unique features of the musical ensemble is the simultaneity of collective discipline and individu...

Bayou Underground: Tracing the Mythical Roots of American Popular Music
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Bayou Underground: Tracing the Mythical Roots of American Popular Music

Dave Thompson is author, according to his bio, of 100 books on music and culture. And it shows in his dreamy style that easily conjures up the thick humidity, roaring sound of insects, dangerous twists and turns and soaring rumble of gators that is the Gulf Coast bayou. Bayou Underground takes us on multiple journeys: on the one hand we travel across Thompson's iPod as he explores Louisiana in his car; on the other, we explore the ri...

The Cambridge Companion to Chopin
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The Cambridge Companion to Chopin

This Companion is designed to provide the enquiring music lover with helpful insights into a musical style that recognizes no contradictions between the accessible and the sophisticated, between the popular and the significant.

Cuban Underground Hip Hop: Black Thoughts, Black Revolution, Black Modernity
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Cuban Underground Hip Hop (Latin American and Caribbean Arts and Culture)

"Saunders has amassed a fascinating archive of the Cuban Underground Hip Hop Movement from its beginnings in the late 1990s up through 2006. Her significant achievement is that she has produced a truly intersectional analysis that is attuned to the interrelationship of race, gender, class, and sexuality." (Aisha S. Durham, Assistant Professor of Communication, University of South Florida, author of Home with Hip Hop Feminism: Perform...

The Alexander Scriabin Companion: History, Performance, and Lore
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The Alexander Scriabin Companion: History, Performance, and Lore

The Alexander Scriabin Companion: History, Performance, and Lore is a beautifully written and comprehensive tour de force, capturing Aleksandr Niko - layevich Scriabin’s life and music from both historical and performance perspectives. Its authors. . . provide expert commentary and discussion of the historical significance of Scriabin as a composer, pianist, and mystic. The book. . . is an especially valuable resource for performers ...

Jazz Books in the 1990s: An Annotated Bibliography
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Jazz Books in the 1990s: An Annotated Bibliography

This annotated bibliography of recent jazz monographs documents an important period in jazz historiography; during the 1990s an explosion of publications, particularly by academics, documented performers, venues, recordings, genres, instruments, and so forth....This book by Greenberg (Jersey City Free Public Library) does what it sets out to do, and quite thoroughly. The 700 annotations are descriptive (and often cursory) rather than...

Peters' Music Therapy : An Introduction, Third Edition
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Peters' Music Therapy : An Introduction, Third Edition

Do you wonder why there are so many Introduction to Music Therapy books when the field needs other types of textbooks? This text stands apart from the others in its comprehensiveness, clarity, and detail. This book is recommended for any introduction to to music therapy course; it is suitable for music therapy majors and non therapy majors. The author provides excellent descriptions of material and makes the entire book easy to read....

The Garland Handbook of African Music, 2nd Edition
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The Garland Handbook of African Music, 2nd Edition

The Garland Handbook of African Music is comprised of essays from The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music: Volume 1, Africa, (1997). Revised and updated, the essays offer detailed, regional studies of the different musical cultures of Africa and examine the ways in which music helps to define the identity of this particular area. Part One provides an in-depth introduction to Africa. Part Two focuses on issues and processes, such as n...

The Cambridge Companion to Wagner
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The Cambridge Companion to Wagner

Wagner was one of the most influential and controversial figures in the history of music. This volume explores new and continuing debates regarding the musical, cultural, and political impact of his dramas and published writings. It provides up-to-date biographical data and interpretive views valuable to academics, students, and opera enthusiasts.

The Language of the Modes: Studies in the History of Polyphonic Modality
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The Language of the Modes: Studies in the History of Polyphonic Modality

The Language of the Modes provides a study of modes in early music through eight essays, each dealing with a different aspects of modality. The volume codifies all known theoretical references to mode, all modally ordered musical sources, and all modally cyclic compositions. For many music students and listeners, the "language of the modes" is a deep mystery, accustomed as we are to centuries of modern harmony. Wiering demystifies th...