The musical genre of taarab is played for entertainment at weddings and other festive occasions all along the Swahili Coast in East Africa. Taarab contains all the features of a typical 'Indian Ocean' music, combining influences from Egypt, the Arabian Peninsula, India and the West with local musical practices. In Taarab, Music in Zanzibar, Janet Topp Fargion traces the development of the genre in Zanzibar, from the late nineteenth century to the end of the twentieth. Of special interest is the role of women. Although men play the main role in the composition and performance of the genre, Topp Fargion argues that the modernization of the genre owes a debt to the participation of women - as audiences and primary consumers, but also as poets and innovators of musical concepts. The book weaves together the historical, social, economic, religious and political dynamics involved in the development of the genre, and investigates how these are played out in the performance of taarab music on Zanzibar.
Victoria Walsingham is head over heels in love with Isaac Quinn, the son of the Duke of Daventry, and she can't imagine spending the rest of her life with anyone else. But when Isaac admits that, despite his feelings for her, he cannot possibly marry the daughter of a country doctor, Victoria is left heartbroken. However, when her brother unexpectedly inherits the title of the Earl of Cheshire, Victoria's life is transformed and she is thrown into high-society. Despite her mother's best efforts, the endless balls and social engagements of the London season have little impact on Victoria. Her heart will only ever belong to Isaac. When they finally return home at the end of the season, much to Victoria's relief, she finds an invitation awaiting her. An invitation to the wedding of Mr Isaac Quinn and a Miss Hestia Royce. With Victoria's heart breaking all over again, she must deal with the added hardship of seeing Isaac at every turn. As events unfold, Victoria finds herself spending more and more time with Isaac, reigniting the spark of passion they once felt for each other into a bright, burning flame. But with Isaac's wedding only a matter of days away, is Victoria playing with fire? With time running out, will Victoria ever get her happy ending? A June Wedding is a heart-warming regency romance about the battle between head and heart,
Perspectives on the Performance of French Piano Music offers a range of approaches central to the performance of French piano music of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The contributors include scholars and active performers who see performance not as an independent activity but as a practice enriched by a wealth of historical and analytical approaches. To underline the usefulness of contextual understanding for performance, each author highlights the choices performers must confront with examples drawn from particular repertoires and composers. Topics explored include editorial practice, the use of early recordings, emergent disciplines such as analysis-and-performance, and traditions passed down from teacher to student. Themes that emerge demonstrate the importance of editions as a form of communication, the challenges of notation, the significance of detail and of deeper continuity, the importance of performing and teaching traditions, and the influence of cross disciplinary frameworks. A link to a set of performed examples on the frenchpianomusic.com website allows readers to hear and compare performances and interpretations of the music discussed. The volume will appeal to musicologists and analysts interested in performance, performers, students, and piano teachers.
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