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Varieties of Musical Irony: From Mozart to Mahler

'What I prize most of all in scholarly writing on music is the author's ability to make me hear and understand compositions and concepts I thought I already knew in new ways. Irony is a slippery, many-sided subject, but Michael Cherlin deftly disentangles and then categorizes its numerous manifestations both in language and in music: irony at the hinge of change, irony in contrapuntal juxtaposition, ironies of irruption or interrupti...

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Invisible Connections: Dance, Choreography and Internet Communities

The first and only book to focus on dance on the Internet, Sita Popat’s fascinating Invisible Connections examines how Internet and communication technologies offer dance and theatre new platforms for creating and performing work, and how opportunities for remote interaction and collaboration are available on a scale never before imaginable. Drawing upon the workof practioners and theorists in the arts, communications and technology ...

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The Cambridge Companion to Schoenberg

Arnold Schoenberg is one of the most important and controversial figures in twentieth-century music. This Companion presents engaging essays on Schoenberg's central works, writings, and ideas over his long life in Vienna, Berlin, and Los Angeles, in the context of his interactions with contemporary artistic, social, and cultural developments.

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Lords of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground

Gangsta Rap's white-kid counterpart, black metal music enjoys a continued obscurity that is baffling in light of the made-for-tabloid events detailed in Moynihans's and Soderlind's book. Their book is a sort of guide to the Norwegian black metal scene, where, the authors claim, this latest, more rebellious form of heavy metal music originated. Moreover, Norway is the recent setting for the burning of numerous churches, and for two gr...

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Performing Gender, Place, and Emotion in Music

Open this book and you will find how deeply essential the study of gender is in music and dance. The pages will turn quickly -- and I believe you will be struck by how the multiple themes elegantly intertwine throughout the book, yet also reveal the particulars of diverse genres and settings. --Tomie Hahn, ethnomusicologist and author of Sensational Knowledge: Embodying Culture through Japanese Dance

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Staging the Blues: From Tent Shows to Tourism

“[McGinley] does a worthy job of explaining how the dominant framing of the blues essentially assigned the very notion of theatrical performance – and, by extension, a performer’s right to develop a stage presence of his/her own choosing – to a gendered, second-class status. The irony turns out to be that said framing was itself a theatrical construct in the first place.” “Staging the Blues will likely become the latest in a line of ...

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Mendelssohn (The Early Romantic Composers)

This volume of essays brings together a selection of the most significant and representative writings on Mendelssohn from the last fifty years. Divided into four main subject areas, it makes available twenty-two essays which have transformed scholarly awareness of this crucial and ever-popular nineteenth-century composer and musician; it also includes a specially commissioned introductory chapter which offers a critical overview of t...

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The Cambridge Companion to Bach

'This present collection of essays is far from being a rehash of what is already easily accessible in other sources, but sheds new light on known facts or, better still, unearths new ones ... unreservedly recommended for serious music libraries.' Reference Reviews The life of Johann Sebastian Bach - straddling two centuries and placing an indelible mark on the development of symphonic music - is a complex and multifaceted saga, but P...

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Not without Madness: Perspectives on Opera

“An admirable contribution to opera criticism. Fabrizio Della Seta explores, with great insight, some of the most beloved and influential operas by Mozart, Meyerbeer, Verdi, and others. His remarks on the ways in which these works have been discussed by generations of critics and scholars are immensely thoughtful and stimulating.”

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Heinrich Schenker and Beethoven's 'Hammerklavier' Sonata

'Marston's comprehensive account in this book of all the documentary evidence about Schenker's interaction with Opus 106 ... lifts the veil on that silence in a most illuminating way ... The result is one of the most thought-provoking Schenker publications and works of Beethoven analysis for some time. Marston demonstrates that Schenker's thinking about the piece was both profound and incomplete'. --Musicology Australia