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The Story of the Saxophone
By Lesa Cline-Ransome. 2023
Brassy, smokey, melodious. There's nothing like the saxophone. This incredible work from the award-winners behind Before She was Harriet includes…a poster of jazz music's greatest talents.You may think that the story of the saxophone begins with Dexter Gordon or Charlie Parker, or on a street corner in New Orleans. It really began in 1840 in Belgium with a young daydreamer named Joseph-Antoine Adolphe Sax—a boy with bad luck but great ideas.Coretta Scott King Honoree Lesa Cline-Ransome unravels the fascinating history of how Adolphe's once reviled instrument was transported across Europe and Mexico to New Orleans. Follow the saxophone's journey from Adolphe's imagination to the pawn shop window where it caught the eye of musician Sidney Bechet and became the iconic symbol of jazz music it is today. Deflty retold, this history is paired with the gorgeous artwork of James E. Ransome, including an attention-grabbing poster of iconic jazz musicians you can find inside the jacket.A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection
Electro swing is a relatively recent musical style and scene which combines the music of the swing era with that…of the age of electronic dance music. Chris Inglis considers key questions about electro swing’s place in contemporary society, including what it may mean for a contemporary genre to be so reliant upon the influences of the past; the different ways in which jazz may be presented to a modern audience; how one may go about defining jazz in todays postmodern world; and how this emergent genre may be analysed in terms of the wider issues of race and class consumption.
Here I'm Alive: The Spirit of Music in Psychoanalysis
By Michael Levin, Adam Blum, Peter Goldberg. 2023
Here I’m Alive explores the musical foundation of being human from a psychoanalytic perspective.Writing in collaboration, three psychoanalytic clinicians develop…a fresh vision of the essential role of music in psychical life. Through an interdisciplinary exploration, Here I’m Alive shows how music is fundamental to becoming human, establishing our embodied sense of membership and participation in a shared world through the fabric of culture. With one authorial voice, these pages resonate with the musical forms of living that make possible any individual style of conduct or shape of desire and without which we are forever lost in the noise.
Rock Tonality Amplified presents an in-depth exploration of rock tonality. Building on several decades of research, this book develops a…comprehensive music theory designed to make sense of several essential components of tonality. Within, readers learn to locate the chords they hear through various methods, to understand and predict harmonic resolution tendencies, and to identify the functions of chords as they appear in musical contexts. Further, the book offers a conceptual framework to describe tonal relations that are played out through entire songs, allowing readers to recognize the features that contribute to tonal unity in songs and the ones that are employed to create musical drama. The book contributes to a wealth of methodologies in music theory, making it of broad interest to music scholars and students. Further, it balances speculative and practical approaches so that it has clear applications for analysis and pedagogy. It includes numerous musical figures and cites hundreds of songs from a wide variety of artists. Each chapter concludes with additional practice activities, allowing for easy adaptation to various pedagogical purposes.
The Book of Jose: A Memoir
By Fat Joe, Shaheem Reid. 2022
Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum–selling artist, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Fat Joe pulls back the curtain on his larger-than-life persona in this gritty, intimate…memoir about growing up in the South Bronx and finding his voice through music.Fat Joe is a hip-hop legend, but this is not a tale of celebrity; it is the story of Joseph Cartagena, a kid who came of age in the South Bronx during its darkest years of drugs, violence, and abandonment, and how he navigated that traumatizing landscape until he found—through art, friendship, luck, and will—a rocky path to a different life.Joe is born into a sprawling Puerto Rican and Cuban family in the projects of the South Bronx. From infancy his life is threatened by violence, and by the time he starts middle school, he is faced with the grim choice that defined a generation: to become predator or prey. Soon Joe and his crew dominate the streets, but he finds his true love among the park jams where the Bronx&’s wild energy takes musical form. His identity splits in two: a hustler roaming record stores, looking for beats; and a budding rapper whose violent rep rings in the streets. As Joe&’s day-to-day life becomes more fraught with betrayal, addiction, and death, until he himself is shot and almost killed, he gravitates toward the music that gives him both a voice to tell the stories of his young life and the tools he needs to create a new one. The challenges never stop—but neither does Joe.This memoir, written in Joe&’s own intensely compelling voice, moves with the momentum of pulp fiction, but underneath the tragicomedy and riveting tales of the streets and the industry is a thought-provoking story about a generation of survivors raised in warlike conditions—the life-and-death choices they had to make, the friends they lost and mourned, and the glittering lives they created from the ruins.
Whole World in an Uproar: Music, Rebellion and Repression – 1955-1972
By Aaron Leonard. 2023
How the radical music of the 1960s was birthed amid unprecedented upheaval and systemic repression.Seventy years since the radical music…of the 1960s first hit the airwaves, the anthems of the era continue to resonate with our current times. Through studying these musicians and the political contexts in which their pioneering songs were birthed; amidst paranoia, psychedelic delusions, desire and civil unrest; Aaron Leonard&’s Whole World in an Uproar is an important new critical history of countercultural music from the Summer of Love to the unwelcome arrival of Bob Dylan.
Word Art + Gesture Art = Tone Art: The Relationship Between the Vocal and the Instrumental in Different Arts
By Hanns-Werner Heister, Hanjo Polk, Bernhard Rusam. 2023
This book offers a truly interdisciplinary discussion on the relationship between the vocal and the instrumental in music and other…arts and in everyday communication alike. Presenting an in-depth systematical and historical analysis of the evolution of word and gesture art, it gives extensive information on the anthropological, biological, and physiological influences and interactions in music and beyond. The book gives a unique definition of the genuinely vocal and instrumental from their generative deep structure: They derive from and are determined in their production by the duality of voice and hands, and in terms of product as the tone or ‘tonal’ on the one hand, and the percussive, that is noise plus rhythm, on the other. This book succeeds in bringing together perspectives from art, and from natural and social sciences, merging them to offer new explanations about the relationship between the vocal and instrumental, and eventually about the origins of music, arts, and language. It offers new perspectives on the intertwining between the vocal and the instrumental, specifically in the context of the expressions of human languages. At the same time, this book aims at clarifying and explaining the role of words and gestures in different contexts, such as society and communication, education, and arts.
Working Musicians: Labor and Creativity in Film and Television Production
By Timothy D. Taylor. 2023
In Working Musicians Timothy D. Taylor offers a behind-the-scenes look at the labor of the mostly unknown composers, music editors,…orchestrators, recording engineers, and other workers involved in producing music for films, television, and video games. Drawing on dozens of interviews with music workers in Los Angeles, Taylor explores the nature of their work and how they understand their roles in the entertainment business. Taylor traces how these cultural laborers have adapted to and cope with the conditions of neoliberalism as, over the last decade, their working conditions have become increasingly precarious. Digital technologies have accelerated production timelines and changed how content is delivered, while new pay schemes have emerged that have transformed composers from artists into managers and paymasters. Taylor demonstrates that as bureaucratization and commercialization affect every aspect of media, the composers, musicians, music editors, engineers, and others whose soundtracks excite, inspire, and touch millions face the same structural economic challenges that have transformed American society, concentrating wealth and power in fewer and fewer hands.
Robert Schumann: Herald of a "New Poetic Age"
By John Daverio. 1997
Forced by a hand injury to abandon a career as a pianist, Robert Schumann went on to become one of…the world's great composers. Among many works, his Spring Symphony (1841), Piano Concerto in A Minor (1841/1845), and the Third, orRhenish, Symphony (1850) exemplify his infusion of classical forms with intense, personal emotion. His musical influence continues today and has inspired many other famous composers in the century since his death. Indeed Brahms, in a letter of January 1873, wrote: "The remembrance of Schumann is sacred to me. I will always take this noble pure artist as my model." <p><p>Now, in Robert Schumann: Herald of a "New Poetic Age,"John Daverio presents the first comprehensive study of the composer's life and works to appear in nearly a century. Long regarded as a quintessentially romantic figure, Schumann also has been portrayed as a profoundly tragic one: a composer who began his career as a genius and ended it as a mere talent. Daverio takes issue with this Schumann myth, arguing instead that the composer's entire creative life was guided by the desire to imbue music with the intellectual substance of literature. <p><p>A close analysis of the interdependence among Schumann's activities as reader, diarist, critic, and musician reveals the depth of his literary sensibility. Drawing on documents only recently brought to light, the author also provides a fresh outlook on the relationship between Schumann's mental illness—which brought on an extended sanitarium stay and eventual death in 1856—and his musical creativity. Schumann's character as man and artist thus emerges in all its complexity. The book concludes with an analysis of the late works and a postlude on Schumann's influence on successors from Brahms to Berg. <p><p>This well-researched study of Schumann interprets the composer's creative legacy in the context of his life and times, combining nineteenth-century cultural and intellectual history with a fascinating analysis of the works themselves.
Hip Hop Revolution: The Culture and Politics of Rap
By Jeffrey O. G. Ogbar. 2007
In the world of hip-hop, "keeping it real" has always been a primary goal—and realness takes on special meaning as…rappers mold their images for street cred and increasingly measure authenticity by ghetto-centric notions of "Who's badder?" <p><p>In this groundbreaking book, Jeffrey O. G. Ogbar celebrates hip-hop and confronts the cult of authenticity that defines its essential character—that dictates how performers walk, talk, and express themselves artistically and also influences the consumer market. Hip-Hop Revolution is a balanced cultural history that looks past negative stereotypes of hip-hop as a monolith of hedonistic, unthinking noise to reveal its evolving positive role within American society. <p><p>A writer who's personally encountered many of hip-hop's icons, Ogbar traces hip-hop's rise as a cultural juggernaut, focusing on how it negotiates its own sense of identity. He especially explores the lyrical world of rap as artists struggle to define what realness means in an art where class, race, and gender are central to expressions of authenticity—and how this realness is articulated in a society dominated by gendered and racialized stereotypes. Ogbar also explores problematic black images, including minstrelsy, hip-hop's social milieu, and the artists' own historical and political awareness. Ranging across the rap spectrum from the conscious hip-hop of Mos Def to the gangsta rap of 50 Cent to the "underground" sounds of Jurassic 5 and the Roots, he tracks the ongoing quest for a unique and credible voice to show how complex, contested, and malleable these codes of authenticity are. Most important, Ogbar persuasively challenges widely held notions that hip-hop is socially dangerous—to black youths in particular—by addressing the ways in which rappers critically view the popularity of crime-focused lyrics, the antisocial messages of their peers, and the volatile politics of the word "nigga." <p><p>Hip-Hop Revolution deftly balances an insider's love of the culture with a scholar's detached critique, exploring popular myths about black educational attainment, civic engagement, crime, and sexuality. By cutting to the bone of a lifestyle that many outsiders find threatening, Ogbar makes hip-hop realer than it's ever been before.
Leon Russell: The Master of Space and Time's Journey Through Rock & Roll History
By Bill Janovitz. 2023
The definitive biography of legendary musician, composer, and performer Leon Russell, a profound influence on countless artists, including George Harrison,…the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Willie Nelson, Tom Petty, and the world of music as a whole. Leon Russell is an icon, but somehow is still an underappreciated artist. He is spoken of in tones reserved not just for the most talented musicians, but also for the most complex and fascinating. His career is like a roadmap of music history, often intersecting with rock royalty like Bob Dylan, the Stones, and the Beatles. He started in the Fifties as a teenager touring with Jerry Lee Lewis, going on to play piano on records by such giants as Frank Sinatra, The Beach Boys, and Phil Spector, and on hundreds of classic songs with major recording artists. Leon was Elton John&’s idol, and Elton inducted him into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011. Leon also gets credit for altering Willie Nelson&’s career, giving us the long-haired, pot-friendly Willie we all know and love today. In his prime, Leon filled stadiums on solo tours, and was an organizer/performer on both Joe Cocker&’s revolutionary Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour and George Harrison&’s Concert for Bangladesh. Leon also founded Shelter Records in 1969 with producer Denny Cordell, discovering and releasing the debut albums of Tom Petty, the Gap Band, Phoebe Snow, and J.J. Cale. Leon always assembled wildly diverse bands and performances, fostering creative and free atmospheres for musicians to live and work together. He brazenly challenged musical and social barriers. However, Russell also struggled with his demons, including substance abuse, severe depression, and a crippling stage fright that wreaked havoc on his psyche over the long haul and at times seemed to will himself into obscurity. Now, acclaimed author and founding member of Buffalo Tom, Bill Janovitz shines the spotlight on one of the most important music makers of the twentieth century.
The Malmariée in the Thirteenth-Century Motet (Royal Musical Association Monographs)
By Dolores Pesce. 2023
This monograph offers a comprehensive study of the topos of the malmariée or the unhappily married woman within the thirteenth-century…motet repertory, a vocal genre characterized by several different texts sounding simultaneously over a foundational Latin chant. Part I examines the malmariée motets from three vantage points: (1) in light of contemporaneous canonist views on marriage; (2) to what degree the French malmariée texts in the upper voices treat the messages inherent in the underlying Latin chant through parody and/or allegory; and (3) interactions among upper-voice texts that invite additional interpretations focused on gender issues. Part II investigates the transmission profile of the motets, as well as of their refrains, revealing not only intertextual refrain usage between the motets and other genres, but also a significant number of shared refrains between malmariée motets and other motets. Part II furthermore offers insights on the chronology of composition within a given intertextual refrain nexus, and examines how a refrain’s meaning can change in a new context. Finally, based on the transmission profile, Part II argues for a lively interest in the topos in the 1270s and 1280s, both through composition of new motets and compilation of earlier ones, with Paris and Arras playing a prominent role.
Pitch Perfect and Persistent!: The Musical Debut of Amy Cheney Beach
By Caitlin DeLems. 2023
Discover the untold yet inspiring story of Amy Beach, musician extraordinaire and the first successful woman composer in America.With perfect…pitch and fierce persistence, Amy Beach always knew she had to make music. There was just one BIG problem. Her mother believed it was not proper or suitable for a young lady to draw attention to herself, let alone take on a musical career. But give in or give up? Not Amy Beach. She demanded to play the piano. Demanded to have a real teacher. Demanded to perform. Luckily—for the world!—Amy&’s persistence paid off. At just sixteen years old, Amy Beach found herself on the stage of Boston&’s Music Hall—and the start of a brilliant career. A female composer who paved the way—perfectly!
The Best Strangers in the World: Stories from a Life Spent Listening
By Ari Shapiro. 2023
“The Best Strangers in the World is a witty, poignant book that captures Ari Shapiro’s love for the unusual, his…pursuit of the unexpected, and his delight at connection against the odds.”—Ronan Farrow, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist and New York Times-bestselling author of Catch and Kill and War on PeaceFrom the beloved host of NPR's All Things Considered, a stirring memoir-in-essays that is also a lover letter to journalism.In his first book, broadcaster Ari Shapiro takes us around the globe to reveal the stories behind narratives that are sometimes heartwarming, sometimes heartbreaking, but always poignant. He details his time traveling on Air Force One with President Obama, or following the path of Syrian refugees fleeing war, or learning from those fighting for social justice both at home and abroad.As the self-reinforcing bubbles we live in become more impenetrable, Ari Shapiro keeps seeking ways to help people listen to one another; to find connection and commonality with those who may seem different; to remind us that, before religion, or nationality, or politics, we are all human. The Best Strangers in the World is a testament to one journalist’s passion for Considering All Things—and sharing what he finds with the rest of us.
Mode & Musik
By Jochen Strähle. 2023
Dieses Buch wird das Verständnis der Leser für die Verbindungen zwischen der Musik- und der Modeindustrie erweitern. Es hebt die…Herausforderungen hervor, denen sich die Modeindustrie derzeit in Bezug auf den Hyperwettbewerb, die Definition immer schnellerer Trends, sich ändernde Verbraucherwünsche usw. gegenübersieht. Die Modeindustrie wird in der Tat stark von der digitalen Revolution in der Musikindustrie beeinflusst, die das Gesicht des individuellen Musikkonsums und des sozialen Bezugs verändert hat und sich daher auch auf den Modekonsum und den sozialen Bezug auswirkt. Dieses Verständnis ist von entscheidender Bedeutung, um die Strategien eines Modeunternehmens auf die Anforderungen der modernen Modekonsumenten auszurichten. Inhaltlich befasst sich das Buch zunächst mit der sozialen Perspektive von Mode und Musik. Dazu gehört eine Analyse der Musik als wichtiger Einflussfaktor für Modetrends, sowohl theoretisch als auch anhand einer Fallstudie über Grunge-Musik. Anschließend wird die Rolle der Musik in der Modebranche behandelt, wobei die Musik in den Geschäften und die Rolle der Musik in der Modekommunikation behandelt werden. Im Anschluss daran wird die Rolle der Mode im Musikgeschäft analysiert. Dazu gehören der Trend zum Co-Design von Modekollektionen, die Rolle von Musikkünstlern bei der Differenzierung nach Stilrichtungen und der Markt für Musik-Mode-Merchandise-Artikel (sowohl theoretisch als auch anhand einer Fallstudie). Abschließend werden mögliche Lehren aus der Musikindustrie für die Modeindustrie gezogen. Dazu gehört auch eine Analyse der digitalen Revolution und des Aufkommens der Crowdfunding-Idee (sowohl theoretisch als auch in einer Fallstudie).
Clap Your Hands: A Celebration of Gospel
By Toyomi Igus. 2019
Clap Your Hands is an inspirational, joyous celebration of poetry, art, and rhythm, tracing the history of African American gospel…music and the poets, singers, and thought leaders who have fearlessly and soulfully contributed to the spiritual and social evolution of America. This powerful and poetic read bursts with vibrant artwork and is rich in personal notes and information that will interest any history buff or music enthusiast.Created by the dynamic author and illustrator team of Toyomi Igus and Michele Wood, winners of the Coretta Scott King Award for I See the Rhythm, Clap Your Hands shares the Black history behind gospel music that has courageously broken all color barriers, influencing both worship and popular culture in America for hundreds of years. Clap Your Hands is great for children ages 4 to 8. Inside, you&’ll find:Notes from the author and the illustrator sharing their personal inspirations and influences, as well as their research on the roots and evolution of gospel musicHistorical notes about the events covered in the book, exploring the cultural importance of gospel music throughout historyFurther reading section, discography, and discussion questions to encourage learning and engagementA running timeline of all historical milestones—from the first slaves to President Obama&’s inaugurationReaders of all ages will be captivated by this informative and inspirational blend of poetry, art, and music that honors gospel music and reflects its journey.
WJEC/Eduqas GCSE Music Revision Guide - Revised Edition
By Jan Richards. 2021
The Revised Edition covers the WJEC/Eduqas amended GCSE Music specifications for first teaching from September 2020. // This revised edition…covers the new prepared extracts in Unit 3 (WJEC) and Component 3 (Eduqas) for assessment from summer 2022: WJEC: Peer Gynt Suite No.1: Anitra's Dance: Grieg, Everything Must Go: Manic Street Preachers // Eduqas: Badinerie by J.S.Bach for Flute and String Orchestra with Harpsichord, Africa: Toto // This practical and concise revision guide is designed to support students preparing for their WJEC and Eduqas GCSE Music assessment. // Provides the necessary musical information in a succinct and accessible format, ensuring students are fully equipped for assessment // Offers students the opportunity to practise identifying the elements of music when listening, and how they are used in composing // Highlights the required Musical Terms with definitions and includes plenty of Practice Questions to assist students in developing their musical theory skills // Provides help and advice on how to approach the listening examination and coursework // Contains Sample Exam Questions with example answers and commentaries to demonstrate ways to approach the exam aspect of the course // Free audio clips and web links to music to accompany this book will be provided via a dedicated website. 'Listening' icons alongside relevant sections within the book indicate when to go online.
WJEC/Eduqas GCSE Music Student Book: Revised Edition
By Jan Richards. 2016
The Revised Edition of this popular Student Book covers the WJEC/Eduqas amended GCSE Music specifications for first teaching from September…2020. // This revised edition covers the new prepared extracts in Unit 3 (WJEC) and Component 3 (Eduqas) for assessment from summer 2022: WJEC, Peer Gynt Suite No.1: Anitra's Dance: Grieg, Everything Must Go: Manic Street Preachers, Eduqas, Badinerie by J.S.Bach for Flute and String Orchestra with Harpsichord Africa: Toto // Endorsed by WJEC // Covers all four Areas of Study: Musical Forms and Devices, Music for Ensemble, Film Music and Popular Music // Provides practical activities, extension tasks, suggestions for additional listening and useful tips for individual and group work // Supports students in all aspects of Performing, Composing and Appraising // Helps students prepare for the Performing Assessment and presentation of their coursework for Composing: includes identifying best practice, practical advice and guidance on how to complete the required log, evaluation and programme notes // Free audio clips and web links to music performances to accompany this book are provided via a dedicated website. 'Listen online' icons alongside relevant sections within the book indicate when to go online.
Masquerade: The Lives of Noël Coward
By Oliver Soden. 1994
'This is the biography - truthful, sympathetic and thorough - that Coward deserves'DAILY TELEGRAPHThe voice, the dressing-gown, the cigarette in…its holder, remain unmistakable. There is rarely a week when one of Private Lives, Hay Fever, and Blithe Spirit is not in production somewhere in the world. Phrases from Noël Coward's songs - "Mad About The Boy", "Mad Dogs and Englishman" - are forever lodged in the public consciousness. He was at one point the most highly paid author in the world. Yet some of his most striking and daring writing remains unfamiliar. As T.S. Eliot said, in 1954, "there are things you can learn from Noël Coward that you won't learn from Shakespeare".Coward wrote some fifty plays and nine musicals, as well as revues, screenplays, short stories, poetry, and a novel. He was both composer and lyricist for approximately 675 songs. Louis Mountbatten's famous tribute argued that, while there were greater comedians, novelists, composers, painters and so on, only "the master" had combined fourteen talents in one. So central was he to his age's theatre that any account of his career is also a history of the British stage. And so daring was Coward's unorthdoxy in his closest relationships, obliquely reflected throughout his writing, that it must also be a history of sexual liberation in the twentieth century. In Oliver Soden's sparkling, story-packed new Life, the Master finally gets his due.
Good Evening Europe!: An unofficial party guide for every Eurovision fan
By Pyramid, Trinity Rougé. 2023
From the good, the bad and the downright extraordinary, the Eurovision Song Contest is more than just one night of…the year, it's a celebration of all things fabulous. This handy little guide is jam-packed with a myriad of Eurovision ideas to help you get your party started and guarantee yourself a great celebration that's as weird and wonderful as the acts themselves.So, get ready for questionable outfits, hilarious sassy commentary and lots of feathers.This isn't the time to be formal or trendy - focus on flamboyance and tackiness in large doses. Lay on the cheese as thickly as you can, and you won't go far wrong!