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Duke Ellington's America
Harvey G. Cohen - University of Chicago Press

Few American artists in any medium have enjoyed the international and lasting cultural impact of Duke Ellington. With Duke Ellington's America, Harvey G. Cohen paints a vivid picture of Ellington's life... view details

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Erotic Triangles (Sundanese Dance and Masculinity in West Java)
Henry Spiller - University of Chicago Press

In West Java, Indonesia, all it takes is a woman's voice and a drum beat to make a man get up and dance. Every day, men there - be they students, pedicab drivers, civil servants, or businessmen - breach... view details

I Belong to This Band, Hallelujah! (Community, Spirituality, and Tradition Among Sacred Harp Singers)
Laura Clawson - University of Chicago Press

The Sacred Harp choral singing tradition originated in the American South in the mid-nineteenth century, spread widely across the country, and continues to thrive today.  Sacred Harp isn't performed but... view details

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I Feel So Good (The Life and Times of Big Bill Broonzy)
Bob Riesman - University of Chicago Press

I Feel So Good traces Big Bill's career from his rise as a nationally prominent blues star, including his historic 1938 appearance at Carnegie Hall, to his influential role in the post-World War II... view details

The Keyboard Sonatas of Joseph Haydn
Laszlo Somfai - University of Chicago Press

Interest in the authentic performance of early music has grown dramatically in recent years, and scholarly investigation has particularly benefited the study of keyboard music of the classical period.  In this... view details

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A Language of Its Own (Sense and Meaning in the Making of Western Art Music)
Ruth Katz - University of Chicago Press

The Western musical tradition has produced not only music, but also countless writings about music that remain in continuous - and enormously influential - dialogue with their subject.  With sweeping scope and... view details

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Music in German Philosophy (An Introduction)
Stefan Lorenz Sorgner & Oliver Furbeth - University of Chicago Press

"Music in German Philosophy" includes contributions from a renowned group of ten scholars, including some of today's most prominent German thinkers, all of whom are specialists in the writers they treat.  Each... view details

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Music, Theater, And Cultural Transfer
Annegret Fauser & Mark Everist - University of Chicago Press

Opera and musical theater dominated French culture in the 1800s, and the influential stage music that emerged from this period helped make Paris, as Walter Benjamin put it, the "capital of the nineteenth... view details

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The Opera Fanatic (Ethnography of an Obsession)
Claudio E. Benzecry - University of Chicago Press

Though some dismiss opera as old-fashioned, it shows no sign of disappearing from the world's stage.  So why do audiences continue to flock to it?  Given its association with wealth, one might imagine that... view details

Opera and Sovereignty (Transforming Myths in Eighteenth-Century Italy)
Martha Feldman - University of Chicago Press

Perhaps the most comprehensive study of opera to date, and certainly it is unrivalled in the English language.  In its richness of ideas, comprehensive coverage of a diversity of opera houses and local... view details

Original Liverpool Sound, The (The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Story)
Darren Henley & Vincent McKernan - University of Chicago Press

"The Original Liverpool Sound" tells the amazing story of the Liverpool Philharmonic - still dedicated to its founding mission "to promote the science and practice of music" - as it brings to life one of... view details

Republic of Love, The (Cultural Intimacy in Turkish Popular Music)
Martin Stokes - University of Chicago Press

At the heart of "The Republic of Love" are the voices of three musicians - nightclub star Zeki Muren, arabesk originator Orhan Gencebay, and pop diva Sezen Aksu - who collectively have dominated mass media in... view details

Sibelius (A Composer's Life and the Awakening of Finland)
Glenda Dawn Goss - University of Chicago Press

One of the twentieth century's greatest composers, Jean Sibelius (1865-1957) virtually stopped writing music during the last thirty years of his life.  Recasting his mysterious musical silence and his... view details

Stambeli (Music, Trance, and Alterity in Tunisia)
Richard C. Janokowsky - University of Chicago Press

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Theory of African Music
Gerhard Kubik - University of Chicago Press

In the first volume, Kubik describes and examines xylophone playing in southern Uganda and harp music from the Central African Republic; compares multi-part singing from across the continent; and explores... view details

Thug Life (Race, Gender, and the Meaning of Hip-Hop)
Michael P. Jeffries - University of Chicago Press

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Unsettling Opera (Staging Mozart, Verdi, Wagner, and Zemlinsky)
David J. Levin - University of Chicago Press

"Unsettling Opera" explores a variety of fields, considering questions of operatic textuality, dramaturgical practice, and performance theory.  Levin opens with a brief history of opera production, opera... view details