New Books Network

Kunio Hara, “Joe Hisaishi’s Soundtrack for My Neighbor Totoro Soundtrack” (Bloomsbury Academic, 2020)
A beloved Japanese anime move released in 1988, My Neighbor Totoro tells the story of two sisters, Satsuki and Mei, as they deal with the separation from their mother who is in the hospital, and their adventures with the forest creatures they meet called the Totoro. In Joe Hisaishi’s Soundtrack... Read More
Nick Crossley, “Connecting Sounds: The Social Life of Music” (Manchester UP, 2020)
What does music tell us about society? In Connecting Sounds: The Social Life of Music (Manchester University Press, 2020), Nick Crossley, Professor of Sociology at the University of Manchester, introduces a relational sociology of music. The book thinks through the social and individual practices of music, the music industry, and... Read More
Ryan Weber, “Cosmopolitanism and Transatlantic Circles in Music and Literature” (Palgrave MacMillan, 2018)
Musicologists have long tried to understand how cosmopolitanism and nationalism affected classical music. Ryan Weber takes on this task in his book, Cosmopolitanism and Transatlantic Circles in Music and Literature (Palgrave MacMillan, 2018). Using the music and ideas of Edvard Grieg, Edward MacDowell, and Percy Grainger as his lens, Weber... Read More
Kyle Devine, “Decomposed: The Political Ecology of Music” (MIT Press, 2019)
What is the human and environmental cost of music? In Decomposed: The Political Ecology of Music (MIT Press, 2019), Kyle Devine, an Associate Professor in the Department of Musicology at the University of Oslo, tells the material history of recorded music, counting the impact of music from the 78 to... Read More
Mark Katz, “Build: The Power of Hip Hop Diplomacy in a Divided World” (Oxford UP, 2019)
In April 2014, a cohort of twenty-five hip hop artists assembled in Washington, D.C. for the first orientation meeting of a new cultural diplomacy program sponsored by the United States State Department. Next Level brings hip hop practitioners from the United States to other countries where they collaborate with local... Read More
Jane D. Hatter, “Composing Community in Late Medieval Music: Self-Reference, Pedagogy, and Practice” (Cambridge UP, 2019)
There are a handful of pieces from the Medieval and Renaissance periods that most music students learn about in their introductory history courses; among them are Guillaume Du Fay’s, Ave regina celorum III and Johannes Ockeghem’s Missa Prolationum. Some of these foundational compositions have been studied by musicologists for over... Read More
Laura K. T. Stokes, “Fanny Hensel: A Research and Information Guide” (Routledge, 2019)
Nineteenth-century composer Fanny Hensel is the subject of more published research than any other woman of the period, with the possible exception of Clara Schumann. A prolific composer, salon hostess, and a member of a well-connected and prominent family, she was one of the first women composers that musicologists studied... Read More