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"FestivalOrgan: King of Instruments -- an interactive exhibition on the history, architecture, and craft of organ building" has been making its way around the country and still has a number of sites to visit. I caught it in Old Deerfield, MA in June. The exhibition, organized by Lynn Edwards and…
"Happy in the Service of the Lord": African-American Sacred Vocal Harmony Quartets in Memphis, by Kip Lornell. Second edition. Knoxville: The University of Tennessee Press, 1995. xx + 250 pp. ISBN 0-87049-877-0.   In a new edition appearing six years after initial publication, Kip Lornell's Happy in the Service of the…
And the Beat Goes On: An Introduction to Popular Music in America, 1840 to Today, by Michael C. Campbell. New York: Schirmer Books, 1995, pp. xiv, 334. ISBN 0-02-870165-8. Browse the MLs of any good music library and you may be amazed at the considerable number of American popular music history…
Art and the Committed Eye - The Cultural Functions of Imagery, by Richard Leppert. Westview Press, 1996. ISBN: 978-0813315409 The book I'm recommending to you isn't about music. It isn't a good novel. It won't help you keep up in your field. What I want to do is test some ideas…
Heartland Excursions: Ethnomusicological Reflections on Schools of Music, by Bruno Nettl. University of Illinois Press (1995). ISBN-13: 978-0252064685. To make sense of the title of Bruno Nettl's new book, Heartland Excursions (Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1995), you have to move to the subtitle: Ethnomusicological Reflections on Schools of…
Keeping Together in Time: Dance and Drill in Human History, by William Mcneill. Harvard University Press (1997). ISBN 9780674502307. Extravagant expenditure of muscular energy in dance and song is the most fundamental of all human devices for consolidating community feeling, simply because it arouses a warm sense of togetherness, diminishing personal…
Music for the Piano: A Short History, by F. E. Kirby. Portland, Oregon: Amadeus Press, 1995. 466pp. ISBN 0-931340-86-1. Professor Kirby has done it! The task of creating a comprehensive text that deals in some depth with the literature for the piano has been attempted by numerous authors. Even Kirby's own…
Performance Power: Transforming Stress into Creative Energy, by Irmtraud Tarr Kruger. Trans. E. H. Tarr. Tempe, Arizona: Summit Books, 1995. 252 pp. ISBN 1-887210-00-8.Stage fright can be the constant companion of the performing musician or the public speaker. Performance Power attempts to help us understand the underlying causes of performance anxiety…
The American Popular Ballad of the Golden Era, 1924-1950, by Allen Forte. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1995. vi + 366 pp. ISBN 0-691-04399-X. Very early in his most recent book, Allen Forte clearly articulates its purpose: "to offer a detailed and in-depth study of a small number of fine songs composed…