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Use databases to search for relevant articles in a wide range of journals. The databases below are recommended for Music topics. For more information and choices see Databases for Music.


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SOUNZ Centre for New Zealand Music access

The Library now has a subscription to SOUNZ Centre for New Zealand Music. If you want to borrow from the SOUNZ Library please contact Glenda Keam . 


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New books in the Library

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Franz Schubert and his world. - Edited by Christopher H. Gibbs & Morten Solvik.
ISBN: 0691163804
Publication Date: 2014
"During his short lifetime, Franz Schubert (1797-1828) contributed to a wide variety of musical genres, from intimate songs and dances to ambitious chamber pieces, symphonies, and operas. The essays and translated documents in Franz Schubert and His World examine his compositions and ties to the Viennese cultural context, revealing surprising and overlooked aspects of his music." Publisher

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Bach: music in the castle of heaven - John Eliot Gardiner
ISBN: 0375415297
Publication Date: 2013
“With Bach we seek the elusive man hiding, perhaps, under the dense, spectacular music. . . .As eloquent a writer as he is a musician, Gardiner brings to his study the invaluable perspective of the practitioner. . . . One of the stars of the revolution over the past 50 years that has brought period instruments into the mainstream of early-music performance. . . . [Gardiner’s] depth of knowledge permeates his writing.”
–The New York Times Book Review

“Typical John Eliot to combine so much erudition with even more passion and enthusiasm. It made me want to rush and listen to all the pieces whether familiar or unfamiliar. A treasure chest.”
–Simon Rattle, principal conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic

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Playing before the Lord: the life and work of Joseph Haydn. - Clavin R. Stapert
ISBN: 0802868525
Publication Date: 2014
"In this fascinating book Calvin Stapert combines his skills as a biographer and a musicologist to recount Haydn's steady rise from humble origins to true musical greatness. Unlike other biographers, Stapert argues that Haydn's work was a product of his devout Catholic faith, even though he worked mainly as a court musician and the bulk of his output was in popular genres. In addition to telling Haydn's life story, Stapert includes accessible listening guides to The Creation and portions of other well-known works to help Haydn listeners more fully appreciate the brilliance behind his music." Publisher

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Award winning books

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The violin: a social history of the world's most versatile instrument - David Schoenbaum
ISBN: 039308440X
Publication Date: 2013
A 'Choice' Outstanding Academic Title for 2013
“David Schoenbaum’s witty, exhaustively researched, and fascinating history of the violin, born of the same passion that has inspired luthiers, collectors, players, and composers for centuries, is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand the societal implications of craftsmanship, artistry, and great music.” — Eugene Drucker, member of the Emerson String Quartet.

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Shakespeare's songbook - Ross W. Duffin; with a foreword by Stephen Orgel.
ISBN: 0393058891
Publication Date: 2004
Winner of the Claude V. Palisca Award of the American Musicological Society.
A remarkable work that recovers the songs Shakespeare's audiences actually heard and brings them to life through performance. Accompanying audio CD.

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