Volume 55

Cornelia Watkins and Laurie Scott, From the Stage to the Studio: How Fine Musicians Become Great Teachers (New York: Oxford University Press. 2012), ff. xv, pp. 304; ISBN 978-0-19-974051-2.Anthony F. Jahn, M.D., editor, The Singer’s Guide to Complete Health (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013), ff. xiv, pp. 470; ISBN…
Review: The Crisis of Classical Music in America: Lessons from a Life in the Education of Musicians: Robert FreemanRowman and Littlefield, 2014,  ISBN 978-1-4422-3301-0 To lead is to live dangerously because . . . when you lead people through difficult change, you challenge what people hold dear—. . . . And…
 Keith Jarrett’s The Köln Concert, by Peter Elsdon, (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013). ISBN-13: 978-0-19-977925-3  Interaction, Improvisation, and Interplay in Jazz, by Robert Hodson, (New York: Routledge, 2007), ISBN-13: 978-0-415-97681-7 Peter Elsdon teaches jazz at the University of Hull in the UK. His volume on well-known pianist Keith Jarrett…
  Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2013 153 ppISBN: 978-0-252-03760-3vb   Philip Lambert’s thoroughly researched biographical analysis of Alec Wilder (1908-1980) fills a significant gap in the literature about a composer whose music and life present particular challenges. Wilder is an unclassifiable musical rarity, one of the few composers to have…
Death in Winterreise: Musico-Poetic Associations in Schubert's Song Cycle by Lauri Suurpää (Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2014) ISBN: 978-0-253-01100-8 Lauri Suurpää, Professor of Music Theory at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland, has authored numerous articles dealing with musical form and meaning, frequently from a Schenkerian analytical perspective. His recent…
Jazz. 2nd Edition, Scott DeVeaux and Gary Giddins. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. 2015. ISBN: 978-0-393-93706-0. Now in its second edition, Scott DeVeaux’s and Gary Giddins’s Jazz provides instructors with a variation on the traditional jazz history textbook. Rather than moving from style to style, DeVeaux and Giddins…
Music in the Eighteenth Century, John Rice (ISBN: 0393929188) Anthology for Music in the Eighteenth Century, John Rice (ISBN: 0393920185)From the series Western Music in Context: A Norton History (New York and London: Norton, 2013) John Rice’s Music in the Eighteenth Century, the fourth volume of the Norton series Western…
Editor’s Note: With the following review of Joseph Auner’s textbook and anthology, we have published reviews of all six volumes in W.W. Norton’s new Western Music in Context series. I would like to extend my gratitude to the reviewers of each volume who provided our readers not only with insights…
Author’s Note: These two new aural skills books are quite different in tone and orientation, the one narrower in its emphasis, the other broader. Sight Singing Complete, 8th. ed. by Maureen Carr and Bruce Benward, with Taylor Greer, Eric McKee, and Phillip Torbert(New York: McGraw-Hill Education, 2015). ISBN–13: 978–07–352665–2  Maureen…
  Sound Play: Video Games and the Musical Imagination, by William Cheng. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.  ISBN: 0199969973.  Video games have spawned sizable communities of devoted fans, professional gamers, and casual players, to the extent that this audio-visual-haptic multimedia is currently a significant component of many peoples’ lives. The…