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A Friend of the Devil
A Friend of the Devil A Friend of the Devil (The Glorification of the Outlaw in Song, from Robin Hood to Rap)
John Kruth - Hal Leonard Corporation

This book is a fun and informative historical survey of songs that lionize notorious brigands from Ireland to Brazil, Italy to Australia, to the drug lords of Mexico and the inner-city gangs of the United

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From Bach's Goldberg to Beethoven's Diabelli
From Bach's Goldberg to Beethoven's Diabelli From Bach's Goldberg to Beethoven's Diabelli (Influence and Independence)
Alfred Kanwischer - Rowman & Littlefield Publishing

In this book, music scholar and noted pianist Alfred Kanwischer takes readers on an extended exploration in which each of the thirty-three pieces making up Beethoven's Diabelli Variations, Op. 120

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The Great British Recording Studios
The Great British Recording Studios The Great British Recording Studios
Howard Massey - Hal Leonard Corporation

The Great British Recording Studios tells the story of the iconic British facilities where many of the most important recordings of all time were made. The first comprehensive account of British recording

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The Great Instrumental Works
The Great Instrumental Works The Great Instrumental Works (Unlocking the Masters Series)
M. Owen Lee - Amadeus Press, Inc.

Unlocking the Masters Series, No. 7.  Includes two full-length Naxos CDs.  Instrumental works from 50 different composers are examined within this volume, including historical background and significance of... view details
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The Greatest Music Stories Never Told
The Greatest Music Stories Never Told The Greatest Music Stories Never Told
Rick Beyer - Harper Collins Pub Inc

Prepare to be astonished, bewildered, and stupefied by the tantalizing tidbits of music history collected by master historian Rick Beyer! Did you know about: The ballet that sparked a riot? The rock star

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Handel's Messiah
Handel's Messiah Handel's Messiah (Comfort for God's People)
Calvin R. Stapert - Wm.B. Eerdmans Publishing

Here you will find fascinating historical background to "Messiah," including its unlikely inception, and learn about its reception and impact from Handel's day to our own.  Calvin Stapert devotes most of his... view details
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Historical Dictionary of the American Music Industry
Historical Dictionary of the American Music Industry Historical Dictionary of the American Music Industry
Keith Hatscheck & Veronica A. Wells - Rowman & Littlefield Publishing

This book contains a chronology, an introduction, appendixes that provide a comprehensive directory of college music business programs and a listing of all relevant music industry trade associations, and an

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The History of Classical Music for Beginners
The History of Classical Music for Beginners The History of Classical Music for Beginners
R. Ryan Endris - For Beginners, LLC

Music history is nearly as old as human civilization itself, but many of the most enduring works - the ones we call "classics" - carry an aura of mystery and remain little understood by modern listeners.

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History of Music, A
History of Music, A History of Music, A (1830)
William C. Stafford - Boydell & Brewer Inc.

Stafford, William C.. Introduction by Bernarr, Rainbow. Published by Boethius Press, Kilkenny, Ireland. Copyright 1986. A popular history of music, focusing on ancient and non-Western musics. A significant... view details
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The History of Opera for Beginners
The History of Opera for Beginners The History of Opera for Beginners
Ron David - For Beginners, LLC

The History of Opera For Beginners starts with the radical assumption that opera is simply music, rather than the inaccessible, high-brown art form that many assume it to be. Not fluent in German or

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The History of Orchestration
The History of Orchestration The History of Orchestration
Adam Carse - Dover Publications Inc.

Reprint of the 1925 edition with some corrections.  This well-known study by an eminent musicologist constitutes one of the best mid-level explorations of the nature and function of the orchestra.  Tracing the... view details
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A History of Western Choral Music, Vol. 2
A History of Western Choral Music, Vol. 2 A History of Western Choral Music, Vol. 2
Chester L. Alwes - Oxford University Press

Comprehensive history of western choral music from Romanticism through the avant-garde of the late twentieth century. Unique in its detailed analysis and breadth of Western choral music and key composers.

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A History of Western Choral Music, Vol. 1
A History of Western Choral Music, Vol. 1 A History of Western Choral Music, Vol. 1
Chester L. Alwes - Oxford University Press

This anthology explores the various genres, key composers, and influential works essential to the development of the western choral tradition.  Chester L. Alwes divides this exploration into two

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Hogey's Journey
Hogey's Journey Hogey's Journey
Eph Ehly - Heritage Music Press

The life of legendary choral conductor and clinician Dr. Eph Ehly is a life lived in passionate dedication to living to learn, learning to teach, and teaching to learn how to live. With this memoir, he opens a... view details
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In Their Own Words
In Their Own Words In Their Own Words (Slave Life and the Power of Spirituals)
Eileen Guenther - MorningStar Music Publishers

This groundbreaking study of slavery and spirituals is the first to place the unique voices of an enslaved people squarely within the context of their daily lives. A succinct history is woven into an

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Incredible Band of John Philip Sousa, The
Incredible Band of John Philip Sousa, The Incredible Band of John Philip Sousa, The
Paul Edmund Bierley - University Of Illinois Press

Nearly 40 years in the making, this book documents every aspect of the March King's band: its history, its star performers, its appearances on recordings and radio and the challenges band members faced during... view details
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An Index to Music in Selected Historial Anthologies of Western Art Music, Part 1
An Index to Music in Selected Historial Anthologies of Western Art Music, Part 1 An Index to Music in Selected Historial Anthologies of Western Art Music, Part 1
Mara Parker - A R Editions, Inc.

The essential reference for music history and music theory instructors for finding specific listings and details for all the pieces included in more than 140 anthologies published between 1931 and 2016.

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An Index to Music in Selected Historial Anthologies of Western Art Music, Part 2
An Index to Music in Selected Historial Anthologies of Western Art Music, Part 2 An Index to Music in Selected Historial Anthologies of Western Art Music, Part 2
Mara Parker - A R Editions, Inc.

The essential reference for music history and music theory instructors for finding specific listings and details for all the pieces included in more than 140 anthologies published between 1931 and 2016.

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Instrumental Music and the Industrial Revolution
Instrumental Music and the Industrial Revolution Instrumental Music and the Industrial Revolution
Roberto Illiano & Luca Sala - Ut Orpheus Edizioni SRL

In this volume we wanted to investigate the intersection between the Industrial Revolution and the aesthetic-musical field.  In particular, we aimed to explore the European dimension of the cultural exchanges... view details
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Interpreting Musical Gestures, Topics, and Tropes
Interpreting Musical Gestures, Topics, and Tropes Interpreting Musical Gestures, Topics, and Tropes (Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert)
Robert S. Hatten - Indiana University Press

This book continues to develop the semiotic theory of musical meaning presented in Robert S. Hatten's first book, Musical Meaning in Beethoven. In addition to expanding theories of markedness, topics, and

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Jazz: A History of America's Music
Jazz: A History of America's Music Jazz: A History of America's Music
Geoffrey C. Ward & Ken Burns - PBS Distribution

Continuing in the tradition of their critically acclaimed works, Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns vividly bring to life the story of the quintessential American music - jazz. Born in the black community of

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Lead Belly: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection
Lead Belly: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection Lead Belly: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection
Lead Belly - Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

With his 12-string Stella guitar, Lead Belly sang out a cornucopia of songs that included his classics The Midnight Special, Irene, The Bourgeois Blues and many more, which in turn have been

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Leonard Bernstein at Work
Leonard Bernstein at Work Leonard Bernstein at Work (His Final Years, 1984-1990)
Steve J. Sherman - Amadeus Press, Inc.

This remarkable photographic essay of Leonard Bernstein during the last six years of his life gives us rare insight into the disparate, sometimes vastly conflicting elements that shaped his work and deeply... view details
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