Book Announcement: Anthony Burgess and France

Anthony Burgess and France now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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Hardback, pp244, £61.99 / $104.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Anthony Burgess and France, edited by Marc Jeannin.

Celebrating the centenary of Anthony Burgess’s birth, this book reveals the true relation that the British author had with France. It brings together a collection of papers by a selected group of academics who explore the sizeable French literary and musical heritage that inspired Burgess in his creations and adaptations. It shows that the portrait of Anthony Burgess would be incomplete if the importance and influence of French literary and musical works on his career are not considered. Adopting a multifaceted approach, the book includes numerous in-depth analyses of Anthony Burgess’s works in reference to famous French writers, such as Baudelaire, Mallarmé, Lévi-Strauss, Molière, and Rostand, and French composers, including Berlioz, Bizet, Boulez, Debussy, Ravel, and Saint-Saëns. These artists, indeed French culture in general, left a profound and indelible mark on Anthony Burgess. Continue reading

Book Announcement: The Intertwining of Culture and Music: Love and the Times

The Intertwining of Culture and Music: Love and the Times now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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Hardback, pp155, £45.99 / $78.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of The Intertwining of Culture and Music: Love and the Times by Frank A. Salamone.

This volume explores various kinds of love and the way music reflects them. It is about romantic love, ethnic pride and love, love and the media, and various other loves we have, especially love for popular culture. Throughout, special focus is given to the role jazz plays, as well as other forms of African and African American music, including hip hop, and, especially, the blues. Continue reading

Book Review: Romualdo Marenco: Excelsior and Sport

Nineteenth-century Italians liked big ballets that featured huge sets, flashy costumes and enormous casts; these were the massive productions called the “Ballo Grande.” Two of the biggest of these extravaganzas were Excelsior, (1886) a paean to progress and modern technology, and Sport (1897) which celebrated the human desire for bodily perfection and athletic prowess. Both of these works were written by composer Romualdo Marenco (1841-1907) and choreographed by Luigi Manzotti (1835-1905). They were written for Milan’s La Scala Theater, and incredibly, Excelsior (despite its many sets, costumes and cast of hundreds) has continued to be performed. Sport, unfortunately, has been relegated to virtual oblivion.

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