Book Announcement: Essays on Benjamin Britten from a Centenary Symposium

Essays on Benjamin Britten from a Centenary Symposium now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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Hardback, pp340, £64.99 / $109.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Essays on Benjamin Britten from a Centenary Symposium, edited by David Forrest, Quinn Patrick Ankrum, Stacey Jocoy and Emily Ahrens Yates.

Coming to terms with Britten’s music is no easy task. The complex, often contradictory language associated with Britten’s style likely stems from his double interest in progressive composition and immediate connection with a broad, popular audience – an apparent paradox in the splintered musical culture of the 20th century – as well as from complicated truths in his own life, such as his love for a country that accepted neither his sexuality nor his politics. As a result, the attempt to describe his music can tell us as much about our own biases and the inadequacies of our analytic tools as it does about the music itself. Such audits of our scholarly language and strategies are vital in light of the still-murky view we have of twentieth century music. This opportunity for academic self-reflection is the reason Britten studies such as this book are so important. The essays included here challenge assumptions about musical constructs, relationships between text and music, and the influences of age, spirituality, and personal relationships on compositional technique. Continue reading

Book Announcement: Postgraduate Voices in Punk Studies: Your Wisdom, Our Youth

Postgraduate Voices in Punk Studies: Your Wisdom, Our Youth now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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Hardback, pp180, £58.99 / $99.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Postgraduate Voices in Punk Studies: Your Wisdom, Our Youth, edited by Mike Dines and Laura Way.

This volume represents the first academic collection to draw upon postgraduate research in exploring the punk scene. Cutting-edge studies, spanning both local and global contexts, are covered with contributions from a range of academic disciplines, including art and design, sociology, cultural studies, English, and music. The chapters are loosely focused around three themes: scenes; gender, “race” and sexuality; and therapy and laughter. The collection builds upon, and diversifies, existing academic work in punk studies covering such topics as “whitestraightboy” hegemony, straight-edge in France, CRT and the links between punk and the “rave” scene of the 1990s.
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Book Announcement: Historical Sources of Ethnomusicology in Contemporary Debate

Historical Sources of Ethnomusicology in Contemporary Debate now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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Hardback, pp280, £61.99 / $104.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Historical Sources of Ethnomusicology in Contemporary Debate, edited by Susanne Ziegler, Ingrid Åkesson, Gerda Lechleitner and Susana Sardo.

This anthology concerns traditional music and archives, and discusses their relationship as seen from historical and epistemological perspectives. Music recordings on wax cylinders, 78 records or magnetic tape, made in the first half of the 20th century, are regarded today as valuable sources for understanding musical processes in their social dimension and as unique cultural heritage. Most of these historical sound recordings are preserved in sound archives, now increasingly accessible in digital formats.
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Book Announcement: The Bible in Music

The Bible in Music now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

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Hardback, pp579, £70.99 / $119.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of The Bible in Music by Robert Ignatius Letellier.

This book explores the relationship between the Bible and the world of music, an association that is recorded from ancient times in the Old Testament, and one that has continued to characterize the cultural self-expression of Western Civilization ever since. The study surveys the emergence of this close relationship in the era following the end of the Roman Empire and through the Middle Ages, taking particular note of the role of Gregorian chant, folk music and the popularity of mystery, morality and passion plays in reflection of the Sacred Scripture and its themes during those times.
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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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