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1997. Between Old Worlds and New. Occasional Writings on Music By Wilfrid Mellers. Edited and Introduced by John Paynter
2007. Song. The World's Best Songwriters on Creaing the Music That Moves Us. Edited by J. Douglas Waterman

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About this book: Wilfrid Mellers (26 April 1914 — 17 May 2008) ranks among the most eminent of contemporary British writers and lecturers on music. The range of his interest is exceptionally wide, encompassing music from the renaissance to the present day, form Monteverdi to Minimalism, not excluding Jazz and many different forms of popular music, as well as music from non-Western cultures. That breadth of vision is nowhere more apparent than in his occasional writings. Mellers has been writing musical journalism for more than fifty years. In the late 1990s when he was in his 80s, he continued week by week, to produce lively, erudite but eminently readable articles for The Times Literary Supplement, The Musical Times, and other publications on both sides of the Atlantic. The present volume reprints only a small part of this vast output: principally articles from the 1980s and 1990s, with a few from the early 1970s. In these necessarily concentrated and closely focused pieces, we find the essence of his thinking about music, its nature and its meaning. Written in the first instance for the general reader, they also offer insights that should be of importance to music students in schools, colleges, and universities. From a literary point of view, Wilfrid Meller's journalism echoese the dynamic style of his lecturing: the engaging and effervescent enthusiasm as he warms to his subject, and the numerous illuminating 'asides'. The scholarship and the range of reference is formidable, but also accessible. His sole aim is to bring his audience closer to the music: always it is what the music has to say to us that matters most

Contents:
Foreword; Acknowledgements; Introduction by John Paynter

Part One: Musical Mean and Meaning
-Introduction
-What is Music For? (1994)
-Singing and Dancing in the Unknown (1985)
-Higher Satisfaction in Sydenham (1996)
-In the Mood (1995)
-Composers' Thoughts (1974)
-Making Spiritual Contact (1981)
-Making the Spirits Speak (1985)
-Masters, Originals and Also-Rans (1996)
-The Blues In History (1990)

Part Two: Anniversaries
-Introduction
-Dioclesian Restor'd (Purcell)(1995)
-Little Time to Spare (Mozart)(1992)
-Invading Nerves, Blood and Bones (Grieg)(1993)
-Rebel Without Applause (Warlock)(1994)
-Blue Remembered Hills (Housman)(1995)
-Virgil Thomson A Hundred Years On (1997)
-Lou Harrison at 80: a Birthday Tribute (1997)

Part Three: Music Theatre: An Imitation of Human Actions
-Introduction
-Out of Arcadia (Monteverdi)(1992)
-A Pretend Paradise (Mozart)(1989)
-Fidelio and Leonora (Beethoven)(1990)
-Perplexed Ensembles (Rossini)(1992)
-An Arbitrary Malignancy (Puccini)(1993)
-That Mixed Up Kid (Thomas)(1995)
-One Damn Thing After Another (Chabrier)(1994)
-New Life in a New World? (Krenek)(1984)
-Innocence Drowned (Britten)(1992)
-Wrong but Wromantick (Britten)(1994)
-Restored by Innocence (Britten)(1989)
-Yonge Freshe Folkes, He and She (Walton)(1995)
-Music for Everyman (Birtwistle)(1991)
-Monotonously Minimal (Glass)(1988)

Part Four: Instinct and Sensitivity: Composers New and Old
-A Single-minded Pursuit (Haydn)(1986)
-The Composer as Wounded Bird (Schumann)(1995)
-Chopin's Melancholy Spell (1993)
-The Great and the Small (Berlioz and Satie)(1996)
-Fortitude Without Faith (Brahms)(1990)
-Reclusive Revolutionary (Alkan)(1987)
-The Wagner Phenomenon (1989)
-What's to Come (Nielsen)(1996)
-Ho, Ho, Ho (Constant Lambert)(1995)

Part Five: Americana
-Lyrics of Deprivation (1973)
-The Riches of the Early Rags (Scott Joplin)(1972)
-Chopin of the Creoles (Gottschalk)(1995)
-Rome to Copland Soun (Sessions/Barber/Copland)(1993)
-All the Things They Were (Kern/Arlen/Gershwin)(1996)
-A Voice in the Wilderness (Paul Bowles)(1995)
-Up the Marshy Creek (John Barth)(1994)
-On the Old Exoticism Trip (Colin McPhee)(1991)
-An Authentic American Composer (Harry Partch)(1991)
-Old Values, New Deals (1996)
-Cosmic Gershwin (John Adams)(1995)

Epilogue: New Worlds for Old (Ruth Crawford-Seeger)(1997)
A Select List of Works by Wilfrid Mellers
Notes; Index



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Douglas Waterman, J. 'Song. The World's Best Songwriters on Creating the Music That Moves Us.' Published in 2007 in the United States by Writer's Digest Books in paperback, 390pp, ISBN 9781582974248. Condition: New. Price: £6.20, not including post and packing, which is Amazon UK's standard charge (currently £2.80 for UK buyers, more for overseas customers)
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About this book: This book is entitled 'Song' and is a 390 page, glossy paperback publication from Writer's Digest in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States, published in 2007. It is an enthralling compilation of songwriting wisdom from 100 of the biggest names in music and is illustrated throughout with black and white photographs of each songwriter interviewed for the publication.

The editor J. Douglas Waterman (the Editor-in-Chief of American Songwriter magazine, a bi-monthly publication which has also covered 'The Craft of Music') and his team set out in the summer of 2004 to compile - from American Songwriter issues dating back to 1984, as well as other sources - a thorough resonant compilation of conversations with the best songwriters around. 

The songwriters in this book have all taken their love of music into another realm - by writing (and for many, recording), songs themselves - and they've all been able to etch out a living in this endeavor. You can be sure that those included in this volume don't take their gift for granted. Songwriting is something they continually work at, and they view themselves as purely fortunate for the opportunity to do what they love as a profession....Songwriters - and other writers for that matter - thrive on observing, diagnosing, digging, discovering, uncovering, dwelling on, interpreting and reflecting n ideas and music that is worth their time and their listener's time. If you've bought this book, you're probably hoping to stir some brain cells and be inspired...inspired to write your first song, or to write better songs (if you're already on your way and want some fine-tuning with the masters), or maybe you just want to read about how the writers create the music that both you and they love. In any case, this book provides some revealing insight into songwriters' creative processes from the creators themselves.

Songwriters Interviewed:
Deborah Allen
Nic Armstrong (IV Thieves)
Burt Bacharach
Aaron Baker
Beck
John Bell (Widespread Panic)
The Bellamy Brothers
Dierks Bentley
Matraca Berg
Big & Rich
Clint Black
Blackhawk
Garry Burr
Rick & Janis Carnes
Deana Carter
R. L. Castleman
Ray Charles
Kenny Chesney
Chuck D (Public Enemy)
Guy Clark
Earl Thomas Conley
Bryan-Michael Cox
Wayne Coyne (The Flaming Lips)
Sheryl Crow
Rodney Crowell
John Denver
Ani DiFranco
Mike Doughty
Jermaine Dupri
Steve Earle
Shelly Fairchild
Jay Farrar (Uncle Tupelo, Son Volt)
Ben Folds
Fountains of Wayne
Teddy Gentry (Alabama)
Dave Gibson
John Hiatt
Byron Hill
Bruce Hornsby
Mason Jennings
Jewel
Jack Johnson
Rickie Lee Jones
Alex Kapranos (Franz Ferdinand)
Robert Lamm (Chicago)
John Legend
Little Barrie
Kenny Loggins
Kyle Lovett
Shelby Lynne
Richard Marx
John Mayer
Ian McCulloch (Echo & The Bunnymen)
John McCrea (Cake)
Bob McDill
John Mellencamp
Dan Messe (Hem)
Rhett Miller (Old 97's)
Roger Miller
Stuart Murdoch (Belle and Sebastian)
Michael Martin Murphey
My Morning Jacket
Willie Nelson
Randy Newman
Ben Nichols (Lucero)
John Oats (Hall & Oates)
Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes)
Paul Overstreet
Dolly Parton
Michael Penn
Gretchen Peters
Michael Peterson
Tom Petty
Grant-Lee Phillips
Hugh Prestwood
John Prine
?uestlove (The Roots)
Eddie Rabbitt
Lou Reed
Luke Reynolds (Blue Merle)
Josh Ritter
Smokey Robinson
Josh Rouse
John Scott Sherrill
The Statler Brothers
Cat Stevens
Even Stevens
Rob Thomas
Travis Titt
Jeff Tweedy (Uncle Tupelo, Wilco)
Keith Urban
Loudon Wainwright III
Rufus Wainwright
Jerry Jeff Walker
M. Ward
Jim Weatherly
Bob Weir (The Grateful Dead, Ratdog)
Don Williams
Brian Wilson
Bill Withers

About American Songwriter Magazine: American Songwriter was founded in 1984 and since then it has covered every aspect of the craft of songwriting and musical invention, from how and why writers give birth to their songs, to engaging and informative assessments of the songwriting culture as a whole. The magazine provides in-depth interviews with up-and-coming and established (and legendary) songwriters; discussions on performance rights organizations and legal issues; and interviews with publishers, producers and A&R executives.



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