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Experiencing Leonard Bernstein: A Listener's Companion

by Kenneth LaFave Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 30, 2014)

In this book, Kenneth LaFave guides readers past Bernstein’s famously tortured personal problems and into the clarity and balance of his Serenade after Plato’s Symposium for Violin and Orchestra, the intense...


Experiencing Rush: A Listener's Companion

by Durrell Bowman Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 01, 2014)

In Experiencing Rush: A Listener’s Companion, music scholar Durrell Bowman guides readers through Rush’s long career, explaining through the artful combination of biography, history, and musical exegesis...


Experiencing Debussy

by Teresa Davidian Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 15, 2018)

Claude Debussy holds a place as a one of the most recognizable and influential composers in the classical music. Debussy forged a new and influential sound for the twentieth century with his remarkable harmonies,...


Experiencing Herbie Hancock

by Eric Wendell Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (July 15, 2018)

The musical output of pianist and composer Herbie Hancock is a design rarely seen in jazz; a child prodigy working their way up the ranks to elder statesman and influencing an entire generation of musicians...


Experiencing Jewish Music in America

by Tina Frühauf Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (June 13, 2018)

Experiencing Jewish Music in America: A Listener's Companion offers an easy-to-read and new perspective on the remarkably diverse landscape that comprises Jewish music in the United States. This much-needed...


Experiencing Progressive Rock

by Robert G. H. Burns Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (May 14, 2018)

In Experiencing Progressive Rock: A Listener's Companion, Robert G. H. Burns brings together the many strands that define the "prog rock" movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s to chart the evolution of...


Experiencing Alice Cooper

by Ian Chapman Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (March 12, 2018)

Experiencing Alice Cooper: A Listener’s Companion takes a long overdue look at the music and stage act of rock music’s self-styled arch-villain. A provocateur from the very start of his career in the mid-1960s,...


Experiencing Berlioz

by Melinda P. O'Neal Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (February 15, 2018)

Experiencing Berlioz: A Listener’s Companion is an in-depth entrée into the sound world of Hector Berlioz, recognized today as one of the most profoundly original and engaging composers in 19th-century Europe....


Experiencing Chopin

by Christine Lee Gengaro Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (December 20, 2017)

Experiencing Chopin: A Listener’s Companion, Christine Lee Gengaro surveys Chopin’s position as a composer at a time when the piano stood at the center of musical and social life. Throughout, she shines...


Experiencing Big Band Jazz

by Jeff Sultanof Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (November 08, 2017)

The era of popular music from about 1917 onward saw an explosion of creative songwriting that converged with a new sound from reed, brass, and rhythm instruments. Jazz was born, and the musical sophistication...


Experiencing Black Sabbath

by Nolan Stolz Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (November 08, 2017)

Black Sabbath is often credited with inventing heavy metal when they released their first album in 1970. Their new style of music was loud, brutal, scary, innovative, and highly influential on heavy metal bands...


Experiencing Ornette Coleman

by Michael Stephans Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 06, 2017)

Saxophonist, violinist, trumpeter, composer, and bandleader Ornette Coleman, along with pianist Cecil Taylor, was one of the founding forces of the Free Jazz movement which took the music world by storm in the...


Experiencing Chick Corea

by Monika Herzig Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 06, 2017)

With twenty-three Grammy wins, Chick Corea is a legendary jazz figure and one of the most prolific and influential contemporary pianists of our time. He has produced hundreds of releases in multiple genres over...


Experiencing Bessie Smith

by John Clark Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 06, 2017)

Experiencing Bessie Smith, John Clark chronicles Bessie Smith’s vital contribution to and influence on music, the music industry, and the recording industry. While her recording career lasted only a decade,...


Experiencing the Beatles: A Listener's Companion

by Brooke Halpin Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 06, 2017)

Brooke Halpin takes the reader on a magical adventure through the Beatles’ entire catalog of remarkable, timeless songs to discover the circumstances that inspired the songs and brought four Liverpudlian musicians...


Experiencing Carl Maria von Weber

by Joseph E. Morgan Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (July 06, 2017)

Scholars have long recognized Carl Maria von Weber as the father of the German Romantic and Nationalist music. The success of his opera Der Freischütz almost single handedly brought German operatic style onto...


Experiencing Film Music

by Kenneth LaFave Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (April 01, 2017)

Of all the elements that combine to make movies, music sometimes seems the forgotten stepchild. Yet it is an integral part of the cinematic experience. Minimized as mere “background music,” film scores enrich...


Experiencing Broadway Music: A Listener's Companion

by Kat Sherrell Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 29, 2016)

Sherrell explores American musical theater, beginning with the early-twentieth-century shift from European-influenced operettas and bawdy variety shows to sophisticated works and thus provides listeners with...


Experiencing David Bowie: A Listener's Companion

by Ian Chapman Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 01, 2015)

In Experiencing David Bowie: A Listener's Companion, musicologist, writer, and musician Ian Chapman unravels the extraordinary marriage of sound and visual effect that lies at the heart of the work of one of...


Experiencing Tchaikovsky: A Listener's Companion

by David Schroeder Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (February 10, 2015)

In Experiencing Tchaikovsky: A Listener’s Companion, historian and scholar David Schroeder looks beyond traditional views of Tchaikovsky to explore the dramatic impact of his music by walking readers through...