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Feel Free - Essays (Paperback): Zadie Smith Feel Free - Essays (Paperback)
Zadie Smith 1
R230 R184 Discovery Miles 1 840 Save R46 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

The one and only Zadie Smith, prize-winning, bestselling author of Swing Time and White Teeth, is back with a second unmissable collection of essays.

No subject is too fringe or too mainstream for Zadie Smith's insatiable curiosity. From social media to the environment, from Jay-Z to Karl Ove Knausgaard, she has endless enthusiasmand the boundless wit, insight and wisdom to match. In Feel Free, pop culture, high culture, social change and political debate all get the Zadie Smith treatment, dissected with razor-sharp intellect, set brilliantly against the context of the utterly contemporary, and considered with a deep humanity and compassion.

This electrifying new collection showcases its author as a true literary powerhouse, demonstrating once again her credentials as an essential voice of her generation.

The Life of a Song Volume 2 - The Stories Behind 50 More of the World's Best-loved Songs (Hardcover): Jan Dalley, David... The Life of a Song Volume 2 - The Stories Behind 50 More of the World's Best-loved Songs (Hardcover)
Jan Dalley, David Cheal 1
R420 R360 Discovery Miles 3 600 Save R60 (14%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

If The Kinks' "Waterloo Sunset" had been released under its original title, "Liverpool Sunset", would it have had the same impact? Was "Greensleeves" really written by Henry VIII? And how did The White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army" become globally adopted as a football chant? Like its bestselling predecessor, THE LIFE OF A SONG VOLUME 2 contains the stories of 50 songs, originally published in FT Weekend, that unearth each song's biography. These are also the stories of how songs took on new life following their release: how, for instance, "Wild Thing" helped launch the career of Jimi Hendrix in America. Packed with intriguing factoids, these bite-sized essays will delight music lovers and send you scurrying back to listen to the songs in all their beauty and mystery.

Listen to This (Paperback): Alex Ross Listen to This (Paperback)
Alex Ross 1
R365 R263 Discovery Miles 2 630 Save R102 (28%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Includes a new chapter on John Cage. Alex Ross's award-winning international best-seller, `The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century', has become a contemporary classic, establishing him as one of our most popular and acclaimed cultural historians; this is his much anticipated next book on the subject of music. In `Listen To This' Alex Ross, the music critic for the New Yorker, looks both backwards and forwards in time, capturing essential figures and ideas in classical music history, as well as giving an alternative view of recent pop music that emphasizes the power of the individual musical voice. After relating his first encounter with classical music, Ross vibrantly sketches canonical composers such as Schubert, Verdi and Brahms; gives us in-depth interviews wth modern pop masters such as Bjork and Radiohead; and introduces us to music students at a Newark high school and to indie-rock hipsters in Beijing. In his essay `Chacona, Lamento, Walking Blues', Ross brilliantly retells hundreds of years of music history - from Renaissance dance to Led Zeppelin - through a few iconic bass lines of celebration and lament. Whether his subject is Mozart or Bob Dylan, Ross writes in a style at once erudite and lively, showing how music expresses the full complexity of the human condition. He explains how pop music can achieve the status of high art and how classical music can become a vital part of the wider contemporary culture. Witty, passionate and brimming with insight, `Listen to This' teaches us to listen more closely.

Resistance - A Songwriter's Story of Hope, Change, and Courage (Hardcover, Not for Online ed.): Tori Amos Resistance - A Songwriter's Story of Hope, Change, and Courage (Hardcover, Not for Online ed.)
Tori Amos
R602 R478 Discovery Miles 4 780 Save R124 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
A History of Western Music (Paperback, Tenth International Student Edition): J. Peter Burkholder, Donald Jay Grout, Claude V.... A History of Western Music (Paperback, Tenth International Student Edition)
J. Peter Burkholder, Donald Jay Grout, Claude V. Palisca
R1,411 Discovery Miles 14 110 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The definitive survey, combining current scholarship with a vibrant narrative. Carefully informed by feedback from dozens of scholars, it remains the book that students and teachers trust to explain what's important, where it fits and why it matters. Peter Burkholder weaves a compelling story of people, their choices and the western musical tradition that emerged. From chant to hip-hop, he connects past to present to create a context for tomorrow's musicians.

Music Theory Practice Papers 2019, ABRSM Grade 1 (Sheet music): Abrsm Music Theory Practice Papers 2019, ABRSM Grade 1 (Sheet music)
Abrsm
R133 Discovery Miles 1 330 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

ABRSM's official Music Theory Practice Papers are essential resources for candidates preparing for ABRSM Music Theory exams. They provide authentic practice materials and are a reliable guide to what to expect in the exam. These Grade 1 Practice Papers have been adapted from the 2019 Music Theory exam papers and contain four Grade 1 papers to work through. A set of corresponding Model Answers is available separately.

Music Theory Practice Papers 2019, ABRSM Grade 2 (Sheet music): Abrsm Music Theory Practice Papers 2019, ABRSM Grade 2 (Sheet music)
Abrsm
R133 Discovery Miles 1 330 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

ABRSM's official Music Theory Practice Papers are essential resources for candidates preparing for ABRSM Music Theory exams. They provide authentic practice materials and are a reliable guide to what to expect in the exam. These Grade 2 Practice Papers have been adapted from the 2019 Music Theory exam papers and contain four Grade 2 papers to work through. A set of corresponding Model Answers is available separately.

Music Theory Practice Papers 2019, ABRSM Grade 5 (Sheet music): Abrsm Music Theory Practice Papers 2019, ABRSM Grade 5 (Sheet music)
Abrsm
R133 Discovery Miles 1 330 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

ABRSM's official Music Theory Practice Papers are essential resources for candidates preparing for ABRSM Music Theory exams. They provide authentic practice materials and are a reliable guide to what to expect in the exam. These Grade 5 Practice Papers have been adapted from the 2019 Music Theory exam papers and contain four Grade 5 papers to work through. A set of corresponding Model Answers is available separately.

Orchesography - Treatise in the Form of a Dialogue (Paperback, New edition): Thoinot Arbeau Orchesography - Treatise in the Form of a Dialogue (Paperback, New edition)
Thoinot Arbeau
R485 R397 Discovery Miles 3 970 Save R88 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Probably the most valuable book on 16th-century dances and dance music. Describes the galliards, pavans, branles, gavottes, lavolta, basse dance, morris dance, canary, etc., with detailed instructions of steps involved. Throughout the text are references to the practices of 16th-century instrumental music, in addition to 47 dance tunes with 16th-century barring and notation. New introduction and notes by Julia Sutton. New labanotation section by Mireille Backer and Julia Sutton.

Music Theory Practice Papers 2019 Model Answers, ABRSM Grade 5 (Sheet music): Abrsm Music Theory Practice Papers 2019 Model Answers, ABRSM Grade 5 (Sheet music)
Abrsm
R109 Discovery Miles 1 090 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

ABRSM's official Model Answers are a useful resource for students and teachers preparing for ABRSM Music Theory exams. This Grade 5 collection contains answers for the four practice papers published in ABRSM's Music Theory Practice Papers 2019 (Grade 5), and should be used alongside them. This set of model answers features a list of correct answers, where appropriate, or a selection of likely options where the answer can be expressed in a variety of ways.

Music Theory Practice Papers 2019 Model Answers, ABRSM Grade 7 (Sheet music): Abrsm Music Theory Practice Papers 2019 Model Answers, ABRSM Grade 7 (Sheet music)
Abrsm
R134 Discovery Miles 1 340 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

ABRSM's official Model Answers are a useful resource for students and teachers preparing for ABRSM Music Theory exams. This Grade 7 collection contains answers for the four practice papers published in ABRSM's Music Theory Practice Papers 2019 (Grade 7), and should be used alongside them. This set of model answers features a list of correct answers, where appropriate, or a selection of likely options where the answer can be expressed in a variety of ways.

Music Theory Practice Papers 2019, ABRSM Grade 6 (Sheet music): Abrsm Music Theory Practice Papers 2019, ABRSM Grade 6 (Sheet music)
Abrsm
R124 Discovery Miles 1 240 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

ABRSM's official Music Theory Practice Papers are essential resources for candidates preparing for ABRSM Music Theory exams. They provide authentic practice materials and are a reliable guide to what to expect in the exam. These Grade 6 Practice Papers have been adapted from the 2019 Music Theory exam papers and contain four Grade 6 papers to work through. A set of corresponding Model Answers is available separately.

Rock 'n' Roll Jews (Paperback): Billig Rock 'n' Roll Jews (Paperback)
Billig
R457 R369 Discovery Miles 3 690 Save R88 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A disciplined study that reveals the many contributions of Jews throughout the history of rock 'n' roll.

Fundamentals of Musical Composition (Paperback, Main): Arnold Schoenberg Fundamentals of Musical Composition (Paperback, Main)
Arnold Schoenberg
R472 R363 Discovery Miles 3 630 Save R109 (23%) In stock

A reissue of a classic that represents the culmination of over 40 years in Schoenberg's life devoted to the teaching of musical principles to students and composers in Europe and America. For his classes, he developed a manner of presentation in which "every technical matter is discussed in a very fundamental way, so that at the same time it is both simple and thorough". This book can be used for analysis as well as for composition. On the one hand, it has the practical objective of introducing students to the process of composing in a systematic way, from the smallest to the largest forms on the other hand, the author analyzes in detail, with numerous illustrations, those particular sections in the works of the masters which relate to the compositional problem under discussion.

Music Composition For Dummies (Paperback): Scott Jarrett, Holly Day Music Composition For Dummies (Paperback)
Scott Jarrett, Holly Day
R437 R320 Discovery Miles 3 200 Save R117 (27%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Want to turn that haunting tune in your head into an awesome sound in your ear? You can! Music Composition For Dummies demystifies the process of composing music and writing songs. It guides you through every step of writing your own music, from choosing the right rhythm and tempo to creating melodies and chord progressions and working with instruments and voices. In this fun and practical guide, you'll learn how to match keys and chords to the mood you want to convey, work a form without limiting your creativity, and hammer out a musical idea, even when your mind is drawing a blank. You'll find out how to create popular songs, classically structured pieces, and even film, TV, and video game soundtracks. And, you'll learn what you need to know about music composition software, including Finale, Sebelius, Pro Tools, and more. Discover how to:* Preserve and organize your musical ideas* Work with established chord progressions or create your own* Develop great rhythms* Select the right instruments* Find melodies in your head, your instrument, and the world around you* Use major and minor scales* Work with modes and moods* Build melodic motifs and phrases* Use the circle of fifths to harmonize* Write for multiple voices* Make a demo recording Filled with creative exercises to build your composing skills, Music Composition for Dummies is the resource you need to get that melody out of your head and into the world.

Technique of Canon - Centennial Edition (Paperback, Centennial Ed): Hugo Norden Technique of Canon - Centennial Edition (Paperback, Centennial Ed)
Hugo Norden
R630 R468 Discovery Miles 4 680 Save R162 (26%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

For the first time anywhere, the precise processes for composing any kind of canon have been made available to the music world. Never before have these principles been set down for use by composers, musicologists, students and teachers. Hugo Norden's Technique of Canon is, historically and musically, a landmark in every sense of the word.

Stories of Standard Teaching Pieces - Containing Educational Notes and (Hardcover): Edward Baxter Perry Stories of Standard Teaching Pieces - Containing Educational Notes and (Hardcover)
Edward Baxter Perry
R736 Discovery Miles 7 360 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Excursions in World Music, Seventh Edition - International Student Edition (Paperback, 7th New edition): Bruno Nettl, Timothy... Excursions in World Music, Seventh Edition - International Student Edition (Paperback, 7th New edition)
Bruno Nettl, Timothy Rommen
R1,620 Discovery Miles 16 200 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Excursions in World Music is a comprehensive introductory textbook to world music, creating a panoramic experience for students by engaging the many cultures around the globe and highlighting the sheer diversity to be experienced in the world of music. At the same time, the text illustrates the often profound ways through which a deeper exploration of these many different communities can reveal overlaps, shared horizons, and common concerns in spite of and, because of, this very diversity. The new seventh edition introduces five brand new chapters, including chapters by three new contributors on the Middle East, South Asia, and Korea, as well as a new chapter on Latin America along with a new introduction written by Timothy Rommen. General updates have been made to other chapters, replacing visuals and updating charts/statistics. Excursions in World Music remains a favorite among ethnomusicologists who want students to explore the in-depth knowledge and scholarship that animates regional studies of world music. A companion website is available at no additional charge. For instructors, there is a new test bank and instructor's manual. Numerous student resources are posted, including streamed audio tracks for most of the listening guides, interactive quizzes, flashcards, and an interactive map with pinpoints of interest and activities. An ancillary package of a 3-CD set of audio tracks is available for separate purchase. PURCHASING OPTIONS Paperback: 9781138101463 Hardback: 9781138688568 eBook: 9781315619378* Print Paperback Pack - Book and CD set: 9781138666443 Print Hardback Pack - Book and CD set: 9781138666436 Audio CD: 9781138688032 *See VitalSource.com for various eBook options

The Great Romantic - Cricket and  the golden age of Neville Cardus - Winner of William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2019... The Great Romantic - Cricket and the golden age of Neville Cardus - Winner of William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2019 (Hardcover)
Duncan Hamilton 1
R575 R462 Discovery Miles 4 620 Save R113 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

WINNER OF WILLIAM HILL SPORTS BOOK OF THE YEAR 2019 THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER Duncan Hamilton is already a multiple award-winning sports writer, but it is hard to imagine he will write a better book than this superb, elegiac portrait of the sociable, feted, but ultimately unknowable, man who virtually invented modern sports writing...This is writing every bit the equal of Cardus himself. - Daily Mail 'Hamilton is a worthy biographer... as much sublime writing comes from his keyboard as from Cardus's pen.' The Times 'With its verve, insight and generosity of sympathy, this is by some way the best full-length life of a cricket writer, perhaps even of any sports writer.' Guardian Neville Cardus described how one majestic stroke-maker 'made music' and 'spread beauty' with his bat. Between two world wars, he became the laureate of cricket by doing the same with words. In The Great Romantic, award-winning author Duncan Hamilton demonstrates how Cardus changed sports journalism for ever. While popularising cricket - while appealing, in Cardus' words to people who 'didn't know a leg-break from the pavilion cat at Lord's'- he became a star in his own right with exquisite phrase-making, disdain for statistics and a penchant for literary and musical allusions. Among those who venerated Cardus were PG Wodehouse, John Arlott, Harold Pinter, JB Priestley and Don Bradman. However, behind the rhapsody in blue skies, green grass and colourful characters, this richly evocative biography finds that Cardus' mother was a prostitute, he never knew his father and he received negligible education. Infatuations with younger women ran parallel to a decidedly unromantic marriage. And, astonishingly, the supreme stylist's aversion to factual accuracy led to his reporting on matches he never attended. Yet Cardus also belied his impoverished origins to prosper in a second class-conscious profession, becoming a music critic of international renown. The Great Romantic uncovers the dark enigma within a golden age.

Listen to This (Paperback): Alex Ross Listen to This (Paperback)
Alex Ross
R518 R419 Discovery Miles 4 190 Save R99 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

One of "The Telegraph"'s Best Music Books 2011

Alex Ross's award-winning international bestseller, "The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century," has become a contemporary classic, establishing Ross""as one of our most popular and acclaimed cultural historians." Listen to This," which takes its title from a beloved 2004 essay""in which Ross describes his late-blooming discovery of pop music, ""showcases the best of his writing from more than a decade at" The New Yorker." These pieces, dedicated to classical and popular""artists alike, are at once erudite and lively. In a previously unpublished""essay, Ross brilliantly retells hundreds of years of music""history--from Renaissance dances to Led Zeppelin--through a few""iconic bass lines of celebration and lament. He vibrantly sketches""canonical composers such as Schubert, Verdi, and Brahms; gives""us in-depth interviews with modern pop masters such as Bjork""and Radiohead; and introduces us to music students at a Newark""high school and indie-rock hipsters in Beijing.
Whether his subject is Mozart or Bob Dylan, Ross shows how music expresses the full complexity of the human condition. Witty, passionate, and brimming with insight, "Listen to This "teaches us how to listen more closely.

Vancouver After Dark - The Wild History of a City's Nightlife (Paperback): Aaron Chapman Vancouver After Dark - The Wild History of a City's Nightlife (Paperback)
Aaron Chapman
R680 R544 Discovery Miles 5 440 Save R136 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
That Thin, Wild Mercury Sound - Dylan, Nashville, and the Making of Blonde on Blonde (Paperback): Daryl Sanders That Thin, Wild Mercury Sound - Dylan, Nashville, and the Making of Blonde on Blonde (Paperback)
Daryl Sanders
R434 R349 Discovery Miles 3 490 Save R85 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Musical Composition - A Short Treatise for Students (Paperback): Charles Villiers Stanford Musical Composition - A Short Treatise for Students (Paperback)
Charles Villiers Stanford
R500 Discovery Miles 5 000 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Heavy Rotation - Twenty Writers on the Albums That Changed Their Lives (Paperback): Peter Terzian Heavy Rotation - Twenty Writers on the Albums That Changed Their Lives (Paperback)
Peter Terzian
R356 R334 Discovery Miles 3 340 Save R22 (6%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Colm TOibIn on Joni Mitchell - James Wood on The Who - Stacey D'Erasmo on Kate Bush - Daniel Handler on Eurythmics - Lisa Dierbeck on the Pretenders - Clifford Chase on the B-52s . . . and other writers on the soundtracks of their lives

In "Heavy Rotation," twenty of our most acclaimed contemporary writers pay homage to the record albums that inspired them. Benjamin Kunkel remembers how the Smiths' "Queen Is Dead" transformed him into an adolescent Anglophile. Pankaj Mishra describes how a bootleg cassette of ABBA's "Super Trouper" evoked a world far from his small Indian village. Kate Christensen relives her years as an aspiring novelist in Brooklyn listening to Rickie Lee Jones's "Flying Cowboys." And Joshua Ferris recalls his head-banging passion for Pearl Jam's "Ten."

Exploring music from the Talking Heads to the "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" soundtrack, this extraordinary anthology is a moving, funny, uplifting, and unforgettable celebration of the unique and essential relationship between life and music.

A Cyclopaedic Dictionary of Music - Comprising 14,000 Musical Terms and Phrases, 6,000 Biographical Notices of Musicians and... A Cyclopaedic Dictionary of Music - Comprising 14,000 Musical Terms and Phrases, 6,000 Biographical Notices of Musicians and 500 Articles on Musical Topics - With an Appendix Containing an English-Italian Vocabulary, a List of Notable Quotations, Hints on (Paperback)
Ralph Dunstan
R666 Discovery Miles 6 660 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
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