Subject Area: Music History

African Art Music: Political, Social, and Cultural Factors Behind Its Development and Practice in Nigeria
 Konye, Paul
2007 0-7734-5253-2 268 pages
This study makes a distinction between modern Nigerian art music, which evolved in the twentieth century and emphasizes Western music notation, and the previously existing art music tradition in Nigeria before the advent of missionaries in the nineteenth century. Specifically, this research examines the social, political, and cultural factors involved in the evolution and practice of art music in Nigeria. This book contains 4 color photographs.

Price: $199.95

An Examination of Verdi's Otello and Its Faithfulness to Shakespeare
 Hawes, Jane
1994 0-7734-9092-2 156 pages
This work analyzes how Verdi produced what is not only a monumental piece of music, but a remarkably effective and faithful adaptation. It examines how Verdi (and his librettist, Arrigo Boito) translated from speech to music and discusses what is required generally for a good adaptation. The study is primarily musical, though it examines literary matters as well. It examines principal characters and their relationships, the arias, the structure, and differences and similarities between Verdi and his source, Shakespeare.

Price: $139.95

Harp and the Soul Studies in Early Medieval Music and Its Role in the Intellectual Climate of the Early University
 van Deusen, Nancy
1989 0-88946-429-4 456 pages
Essays dealing with music as it was understood, visualized, articulated, and interpreted in the Middle Ages. Argues that medieval discussions of music depended on a structural foundation which writers were certain that their readers possessed, and this influenced the subject matter of music.

Price: $279.95