Stephen Rose challenges contemporary critical views that de-emphasize the role of the composer by showing that performers and composers were understood as occupying two separate spheres, blurring the line of authorial primacy.
We learn not only about Alfred Deller’s remarkable career in Christine Headley’s wonderful book, ‘Sound the Trumpet,’ but also about the Stour Music Festival, with which he was so closely associated.
Robert L. Marshall’s collection draws together essays written over some 30 years, presenting a carefully curated mélange of the best of the author’s old and new work.
David Yearsley’s ‘Sex, Death, and Minuets: Anna Magdalena Bach and Her Musical Notebooks’ is a comprehensive study of the two famous Clavier-Büchlein that belonged to J. S. Bach’s second wife and eventual widow.
Berta Joncus’ brilliant new book compels us to imagine London’s rich musical scene through the eyes and voice of one of the 18th century’s most extraordinary performers: Kitty Clive.