Volume 56

  Mozart Soirée: Divertimenti, Arias, and Nocturnes  found on Amazon The basset horn has fallen in and out of favor a few times in history, most notably through Mozart’s relationship with the clarinetist Anton Stadler and again when Richard Strauss included it in his operas and wind sonatinas. A mellower cousin,…
  Concise Introduction to Tonal Harmony by L. Poundie Burstein and Joseph Straus. New York: W.W. Norton, 2016. ISBN: 978-0-393-26476-0. 432 pages. The Musician’s Guide to Theory and Analysis by Jane Clendinning and Elizabeth West Marvin. New York: W.W. Norton, 2016. ISBN: 978-0-393-26305-3. 1008 pages. W.W. Norton’s two recent textbooks—Concise…
  Oxford University Press, 2013ISBN-13: 978-0199857234  How do we choose music for our students to study as part of their coursework in music theory? I think many theory instructors would recognize a (perhaps transparent) priority for exposing students to the pieces that are pivotal musically or historically, and that serve…
  Bernstein Meets Broadway: Collaborative Art in a Time of War - Broadway Legacies Series.Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014. Pp. xvi + 399. $27.95 (hardback) In recent years musical theatre scholarship has been grappling head-on with the inherent heteronormative whiteness of the Broadway musical (white boy and white girl meet, fall in…
  Experiencing Leonard Bernstein: A Listener’s CompanionLanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2015, 197 pp. ISBN: 978-1-4422-3543-4 Despite Leonard Bernstein’s death over a quarter-century ago, it seems that his popularity has continued to increase. This polymath American musician of the twentieth century has served as the subject of numerous biographies, “coffee…
  Music Theory Through Musical Theatre: Putting It Together  by John Franceschina(New York: Oxford University Press, 2015)ISBN: 978–0–19–999954–5 A tonal harmony textbook with a difference, this fast-paced offering is directed toward musical theater students and uses examples exclusively from the musical theater repertory. The book is informed by Franceschina’s long…
  Take Note: An Introduction to Music Through Active Listening by Robin WallaceISBN-100-19-531433-6 ISBN-13978-0-19-531433-5 Turning away from the “standard” music appreciation textbook, Robin Wallace writes a book that has a noteworthy idea as its backbone: helping students develop their listening skills. In doing so, he takes an important first step…
  The Birth of the Cool of Miles Davis and his Associates, Frank TirroHillsdale, New York: Pendragon Press, 2009.ISBN 978-1-57647-128-9. In the early 1940s Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie originated the style of modern jazz that came to be called bebop. Soon thereafter several new styles emerged. A few of Parker’s…