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  • 13 Jun 2022
    Will Kaufman

    Why American Song and Struggle? And Why Begin with Columbus?

    I’ve made my name mostly as a Woody Guthrie scholar. Around the time of the Guthrie centenary in 2012, I became increasingly aware of references to Guthrie as ‘the father of American protest music’ and ‘the first singer-songwriter’ etc. That implied something that Woody himself would surely have denied: that he hadn’t an extensive inherited […]

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  • 19 Jan 2022

    Music and Liturgy in Medieval Britain and Ireland

    This book represents a first attempt inclusively to map out patterns of liturgical and musical culture across England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales over a 500-year period. Extending from the eve of the Norman Conquest of England in 1066 (and the subsequent Norman Invasion of Ireland in 1169) to the Protestant Reformation under King Henry VIII, […]

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  • 12 Jan 2021
    Graham Griffiths

    Stravinsky’s Russia

    It was in April 2014, I think, when I first exchanged the comforts of the Bodleian Library (Oxford) for the Baltic, and that razor-sharp wind on St Petersburg’s river Neva (accent on VA, if you please). My modest hotel room, in Pushkin-esque décor, was in the poet’s former residence on the Angliskaya Naberezhnaya, the English […]

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  • 13 May 2020
    James Chandler

    Songs for a Sad Season

    Singer-songwriter John Prine fell ill with the Covid-19 virus in March and eventually succumbed to it on April 7. He was a balladeer of the common man, a poet of everyday life with a knack for folding narrative fragments into an elemental lyricism very much in the manner of Wordsworth’s Lyrical Ballads. He got his […]

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  • 2 Apr 2019
    Hugh Macdonald

    Saint-Saëns and the Stage

    Ever since I developed a passion for French music and started working on Berlioz and then Bizet, I was constantly aware of the formidable figure of Saint-Saëns at the end of the nineteenth century, contributing to every branch of music and regularly heard in concert halls and, thanks to Samson et Dalila, in opera houses […]

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  • 25 Jan 2019
    Alejandro L. Madrid
    Holly Buttimore

    Anouncement: New co-editor for Twentieth-Century Music

    Cambridge University Press is delighted to announce the appointment of Alejandro L. Madrid as co-editor of Twentieth-Century Music, joining co-editor Pauline Fairclough from January 2019. Since 2013, Alejandro has been professor of musicology and ethnomusicology at Cornell University’s Department of Music; before that, he was in the faculty of the Latino and Latin American Studies […]

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  • 3 Oct 2018
    Derek Miller

    The Music Modernization Act and Modern Music

    After much hard work and years of lawsuits and other complaints, the United States Congress seems destined finally to update music’s copyright law. The Music Modernization Act passed unanimously in the Senate on September 18 and, having won consent in a similar form from the House of Representatives, is likely to become law in short […]

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  • 8 Aug 2018
    Eugene J. Johnson

    Inventing the Opera House

    The opera house is one of the most successful new building types of modern times. Found all over the world, opera houses usually have three major features: private boxes stacked vertically around an open, central space; an orchestra pit; and a deep stage to hold elaborate scenery. Each of these features has its own history. […]

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