Music of the Raj is a study of musical life in late eighteenth-century Anglo-Indian society, based on the unpublished correspondence of an extended network of families. The writers of these letters - amateurs with a passionate commitment to the art of music - provide a perceptive commentary on many of the major issues of the day: the stylistic change from Baroque to Galant, the replacement of the harpsichord with the pianoforte, the establishment of the musical canon, and the growing economic and cultural influence of women musicians. Among the topics discussed are the transport, tuning and maintenance of instruments, the relationship between amateur pupil and professional teacher, the conduct of the domestic musical soirée, the role of glee singing in courtship, and the musical education of children. An account is also given of the growth of an expatriate musical culture among the European inhabitants of early colonial Calcutta, and the musical tastes of major Anglo-Indian figures such as Robert Clive, Warren Hastings, and Sir William Jones are assessed. English attitudes to Indian music is an important theme, especially as manifested in the fashion for the Hindostannie airs, transcriptions of Indian melodies in European musical language. The study concludes with an examination of the musical lives of wealthy nabobs back in England, where they immersed themselves in Indian musical culture, taking the Grand Tour, supporting opera at the Kings Theatre, and employing fashionable Italian teachers for their children.
Music for 15 popular songs ranges in styles from jazz and blues to swing, Dixieland, bop, Latin, boogie woogie, and rock. Plus, downloadable MP3s allow tenor saxophonists to play along with a current Broadway musician. Each song is recorded three ways:
FOR THE LOVE OF MUSIC
A young man with the voice of an angel and dreams of stardom.
A globe-trotting heiress with a passion for adventure and memories of a lost childhood love.
A mysterious woman with a soul made of pure music and a secret worth killing for.
Beneath the glitter and sparkle, something sinister lurks at the opera, and three lives will collide with tragic consequences.
Molly Corbett can't stand seeing her childhood pal Alex Gibson destroy himself. He's gone from straight-A student to rebel without a cause. With so much at stake, some serious interference is called for--or at least Micromanaging Molly thinks so. Alex needs to get back on the path to the Ivy League. But the harder Molly pushes Alex, the harder he pushes back. Alex has a secret. Well, two secrets. Number one: He has terminal melanoma. With six months to live, Alex hasn't got a second to waste. And hanging around hospitals when his friends think he's cutting school definitely counts as wasted time. Instead, he's going to drop out, surf, drive fast cars...and finally put secret number two out there. He's in love with Molly and he's going to tell her before it's too late.
First published in 1980 and now available only from the University of New Mexico Press, this classic compilation of New Mexico folk music is based on thirty-five years of field research by a giant of modern music. Composer John Donald Robb, a passionate aficionado of the traditions of his adopted state, travelled New Mexico recording and transcribing music from the time he arrived in the Southwest in 1941.
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