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From Music to Sound: The Emergence of Sound in 20th- and 21st-Century Music

From Music to Sound: The Emergence of Sound in 20th- and 21st-Century Music

1st Edition

Makis Solomos
October 30, 2019

From Music to Sound is an examination of the six musical histories whose convergence produces the emergence of sound, offering a plural, original history of new music and showing how music had begun a change of paradigm, moving from a culture centred on the note to a culture of sound. Each chapter...

The Consolations of History: Themes of Progress and Potential in Richard Wagner’s Gotterdammerung

The Consolations of History: Themes of Progress and Potential in Richard Wagner’s Gotterdammerung

1st Edition

Alexander H. Shapiro
October 17, 2019

In this book on Richard Wagner’s compelling but enigmatic masterpiece Götterdämmerung, the final opera of his monumental Ring tetralogy, Alexander H. Shapiro advances an ambitious new interpretation which uncovers intriguing new facets to the work’s profound insights into the human condition. By...

John Williams: Changing the Culture of the Classical Guitar: Performance, perception, education and construction

John Williams: Changing the Culture of the Classical Guitar: Performance, perception, education and construction

1st Edition

Michael O'Toole
April 29, 2019

This book assesses the influence and reception of many different forms of guitar playing upon the classical guitar and more specifically through the prism of John Williams. Beginning with an examination of Andrés Segovia and his influence upon Williams’ life’s work, a further three incisive...

Paul Dukas: Legacies of a French Musician

Paul Dukas: Legacies of a French Musician

1st Edition

Helen Julia Minors, Laura Watson
April 02, 2019

This book appraises the contribution of Paul Dukas (1865–1935) to a wide variety of French musical practices. As a composer, critic, artistic collaborator and teacher, Dukas was central to the fin de siècle and early twentieth-century Paris musical scene (and more broadly to the French scene)....

Double Lives: Film Composers in the Concert Hall

Double Lives: Film Composers in the Concert Hall

1st Edition

James Wierzbicki
February 21, 2019

Double Lives: Film Composers in the Concert Hall is a collection of fifteen essays dealing with ‘iconic’ film composers who, perhaps to the surprise of many fans of film music, nevertheless maintained lifelong careers as composers for the concert hall. Featured composers include Erich Wolfgang...

Burma, Kipling and Western Music: The Riff from Mandalay

Burma, Kipling and Western Music: The Riff from Mandalay

1st Edition

Andrew Selth
February 07, 2019

For decades, scholars have been trying to answer the question: how was colonial Burma perceived in and by the Western world, and how did people in countries like the United Kingdom and United States form their views? This book explores how Western perceptions of Burma were influenced by the popular...

Music Video After MTV: Audiovisual Studies, New Media, and Popular Music

Music Video After MTV: Audiovisual Studies, New Media, and Popular Music

1st Edition

Mathias Bonde Korsgaard
February 07, 2019

Since the 1980s, music videos have been everywhere, and today almost all of the most-viewed clips on YouTube are music videos. However, in academia, music videos do not currently share this popularity. Music Video After MTV gives music video its due academic credit by exploring the changing...

Preserving Popular Music Heritage: Do-it-Yourself, Do-it-Together

Preserving Popular Music Heritage: Do-it-Yourself, Do-it-Together

1st Edition

Sarah Baker
February 07, 2019

There is a growing awareness around the world of the pressing need to archive the material remnants of popular music so as to safeguard the national and local histories of this cultural form. Current research suggests that in the past 20 or so years there has been an expansion of DIY heritage...

Music, Time, and Its Other: Aesthetic Reflections on Finitude, Temporality, and Alterity

Music, Time, and Its Other: Aesthetic Reflections on Finitude, Temporality, and Alterity

1st Edition

Roger W. H. Savage
February 07, 2019

Music, Time, and Its Other explores the relation between the enigmatic character of our temporal experiences and music’s affective power. By taking account of competing concepts of time, Savage explains how music refigures dimensions of our experiences through staking out the borderlines between...

Global Percussion Innovations: The Australian Perspective

Global Percussion Innovations: The Australian Perspective

1st Edition

Louise Devenish
August 20, 2018

First emerging in North America and Europe in the late 1920s, contemporary percussion practices have transitioned from the fringes of contemporary music to the forefront over the past 90 years. In the 1960s contemporary percussion practices reached Australian shores and a new generation of...

Live Electronic Music: Composition, Performance, Study

Live Electronic Music: Composition, Performance, Study

1st Edition

Friedemann Sallis, Valentina Bertolani, Jan Burle, Laura Zattra
November 22, 2017

During the twentieth century, electronic technology enabled the explosive development of new tools for the production, performance, dissemination and conservation of music. The era of the mechanical reproduction of music has, rather ironically, opened up new perspectives, which have contributed to...

Community Custodians of Popular Music's Past: A DIY Approach to Heritage

Community Custodians of Popular Music's Past: A DIY Approach to Heritage

1st Edition

Sarah Baker
October 02, 2017

This book examines do-it-yourself (DIY) approaches to the collection, preservation, and display of popular music heritage being undertaken by volunteers in community archives, museums and halls of fame globally. DIY institutions of popular music heritage are much more than ‘unofficial’ versions of...

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