Music and Ultra-Modernism in France examines the priorities of three generational groupings: the pre-war Societe Musicale Independente of Ravel and his circle, Les Six in the 1920s and Jeune France in 1936. Exploring the ideas of consensus, resistance and rupture, the book contributes an important and nuanced reflection to the current debate on modernism in music. It considers the roles composers, critics and biographers played in shaping debates about contemporary music, showing how composers including Ravel, Poulenc, Milhaud, Jolivet and Messiaen and critics such as Paul Landormy, Andre Coeuroy and Roland-Manuel often worked in partnership to bring their ideas to a public forum. It also expands the notion of 'interwar' through the essential inclusion of World War I and the years before, reconfiguring the narrative for that period. This book challenges some of the stereotypes that characterise the period, in particular, neo-classicism and the dominance of secularism. It shows how Stravinsky worked closely with Ravel, Satie and Poulenc and invited audiences and critics to rethink what it meant to be modern. The interwar years were also marked by commemoration and loss. Debussy's wartime death in 1918 stimulated competing efforts (by Emile Vuillermoz, Leon Vallas and Henry Prunieres) to shape his legacy. They were motivated by nostalgia for a lost and glorious generation and a commitment to building a legacy of French achievement. Music and Ultra-Modernism in France argues for the vitality of French music in the period 1913-39 and challenges the received view that the period and its musical culture lacked dynamism, innovation or serious musical debate. BARBARA L. KELLY is Professor of Music at Keele University.
In the Mouldy Series of books for humorous children, Ant, his bossy sister Emma who calls herself M For Madwoman and his pesky little brother, Old Dan, learn to get along with one another. This is what Ant has to say about the book "Rotten, Mouldy, Music": - "My big sister Emma's studying 'Enterprise'. No one knows what enterprise is or where you can get some. They told her at Enterprise that adults choose the books children have got to read. Em says that's our problem: we need to sell this book to the adults who buy the books kids have got to like. The first rule of Enterprise is that I have to tell you I wasn't always this successful and I used to live on a trailer park. I asked Em if we ever lived in any kind of park, but she says to skip that part and she told me that I'm not successful at anything. Next I have to say what your problem is and how this book will solve your problem. So, your problem is, this is the book you need to buy but you don't know it yet. You can solve your problem by buying this book. The benefits are, you are going to learn a lot of neat things, like how to spell important words that don't exist and how to spell stupid words that the Guvermnt says we've got to learn, like 'anchor', which is a word no one ever uses. A boy in my class at school, called Daniel Withers, says that's where he disagrees with the Guvermnt. Yes Emma, he said it just like that. He said, "That's where I disagree with the Guvermnt." No, Em, I don't know how he spells it, but he said we should have to learn very useful words, like, however it is you spell 'Guvermnt' and how to spell 'thingy'. Bonus Material Now I have to give you what Em calls, "YOUR FREE BONUS." This is very important new stuff I don't normally tell anyone. In America you say that horrible things are moldy. You say to your mom, "Mom, this music is moldy." But as soon as you get off the aeroplane in London, you've got to start calling her Mum and say mouldy. Then, driving along, you can't say, "I'm super excited to be on this black top highway!" Say instead, "How jolly interesting to drive on a motorway and notice an anchor in the central reservation." So that's the benefits for adults. Now what about kids? Well kids, you are going to learn about sibling rivalry. (That's me and Dan versus Emma.) Then you will read about siblings without rivalry. (That's me and Dan versus Emma.) Obviously, it's also about families, because we've got to include my Mum, Mom, mother, who is the anchor of our family." What all this means is, you need to buy the book.
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.
Who's that behind the tree? Lift the flaps to find all your favourite characters from the Gruffalo.
A brand new title from the My First Gruffalo pre-school and baby range. A chunky board book with sturdy flaps - perfect for small paws.
Publishing alongside My First Gruffalo: Spot and Say, a first words board book with handy tabs.
The first comprehensive annotated bibliography of North American Indian music available, including 1,497 items dating from 1535 to 1995. The guide gathers information from the fields of anthropology, folklore, ethnomusicology, and dance, covering sources that include scholarly articles, books, bibl
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