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Currency Companion to Music and Dance in Australia
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Currency Companion to Music and Dance in Australia

John Whiteoak and Aline Scott-Maxwell (eds)
This publication is unique in its comprehensiveness and recognition of cultural diversity and a broad notion of community. It covers the history of concert music, opera, ballet, music teaching, composition, instruments, venues, union activity, Aboriginal music, and all forms of popular and folk music and dance. It embraces the wide variety of immigrant influences from Europe, America and particularly the Pacific. There's sound art, computer music, electroacoustics, belly dance, debutante balls, subcultures, music videos and much more. Over two hundred academics, practitioners and private researchers from all parts of Australia and beyond are among this book's contributors.

'A quick look at the contents, which places Football Songs next to Free Jazz, gives you some idea of its open-mindedness. It serves a much-needed purpose in informing us about many kinds of Australian music and dance missed by other reference books. Highly recommended.' Lucky Oceans, The Planet, ABC Radio National.

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Currency House | 978-0-95812-131-6 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | HB
Mr Modernsky: How Stravinsky Survived Schoenberg
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Mr Modernsky: How Stravinsky Survived Schoenberg

Meredith Oakes
Mr Modernsky tells a story about two heavyweights of twentieth-century classical music: Igor Stravinsky and Arnold Schoenberg.

It traces the gradual change there has been in the way these two great rivals are perceived, looks in their music for the reasons and reflects on the nature of modernity in art and the sometimes pernicious effects of ideology.

Meredith Oakes explores the tension between futuristic and historical elements in the work of these parallel artists and asks: is modernity merely about technical innovation? Must progress always mean exclusion of the past?

Mr Modernsky  is a new title in Oberon’s Master Series, a series of good-value and attractively presented hardbacks on key themes within the performing arts written by leading lights in each subject. 

Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-048-7 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | HB
Musical Environments
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Musical Environments

A Manual for Listening, Improvising and Composing

Richard Vella

An innovative guide to the world of sound, using a multi-disciplinary and sensory approach to perceiving and making music—for teachers, students and even people without musical backgrounds. Includes insights into the history and technology of music creation, improvisation and composition exercises, plus listening examples spanning pop to world music—many of which feature on the accompanying CD.
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-544-5 | Sales rights: worldwide, except Aust/NZ | PB
Nick Enright Songbook
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Nick Enright Songbook

Nick Enright
The Nick Enright Songbook brings together fifty of the best songs from ten musicals for which Enright wrote the lyrics; and the music of five gifted composers—Terence Clarke, Glenn Henrich, Alan John, David King and Max Lambert. The book includes songs from The Venetian Twins, Variations, Summer Rain, Buckley’s!, Orlando Rourke, The Betrothed, Mary Bryant, The Good Fight, Miracle City and On the Wallaby.

Across this work, Enright’s characteristic use of Australian imagery and language shine brightly, intertwined with the themes of resilience, lost love and religion that are familiar in his work. Together the songs display the proficiency and craft he brought to the Australian musical theatre.

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Currency Press | 978-1-92500-517-2 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Percy Grainger
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Percy Grainger

John Bird

One of the world’s most popular pianists, Percy Grainger, was also one of our most innovative composers and instrument-makers. He was also a significant folk-song collector with a teeming intellect. He was known for his masochistic sexuality, his lifelong absorption with his mother, his Nordic triumphalism and his curious Anglo-Saxon form of language.

This biography includes a prefatory note by Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears, and an appreciation by Leopold Stokowski. Included in the extensive appendices are a list of Grainger's published compositions, a discography, a list of his Duo-Art Piano Rolls and two essays on Free Music and Elastic Scoring.

This fully revised edition includes much new biographical material from Bird's continuing research.

Currency Press | 978-0-86819-570-4 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Performance Making
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Performance Making

A Manual for Music Workshops

Graeme Leak
Leak takes a fresh approach to musical learning by using the body as a performance instrument. It’s a technique that defies the constraints of more conventional ways of learning music which focus on a particular instrument or style. Based on extensive experience as a musician and teacher, Leak’s unique ‘performance-making’ process builds musical skills and imagination, transforming students into composer–performers. This book shows how to run a performance-making workshop (everything from setting up a workspace to managing group dynamics), and offers a wide range of warm-up techniques plus challenging exercises on pulse, metre, rhythm, tone, timbre and more.

Currency Press | 978-0-86819-673-2 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Peter Dawson: the World’s Most Popular Baritone
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Peter Dawson: the World’s Most Popular Baritone

Russell Smith & Peter Burgis

The Australian bass baritone who was the most widely recorded singer in history.

In his day Peter Dawson was an Australian icon moulded by a nationalistic loyalty to the British crown and empire. Remembered by some as the voice of British imperialism, of Kipling ’s Boots and The Road to Mandalay, to others he is the man who made Waltzing Matilda the anthem it is today. In his record-breaking career lasting over fifty years, Dawson made nearly 2,000 recordings, from cylinders to LPs, in a more diverse repertoire than any other artist in history.

In this, Dawson’s first and definitive biography, basso Russell Smith and sound archivist Peter Burgis have revealed a tough-minded, dedicated artist who was also a bon viveur and practical joker and whose personality, as much as his voice, contributed to his universal popularity.

The book includes a complete discography.

Currency Press | 978-0-86819-603-9 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Platform Papers 20
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Platform Papers 20

Beethoven or Britney? The Great Divide in Music Education

Robert Walker

School music education in Australia is in crisis. Children are 'educating' themselves through their iPod, internet, and mobile phone and with little or no access to quality music teaching. And nothing is being done about this. Music educator, Dr Robert Walker, questions why this is, when we have an overwhelming evidence of how music-making enhances the core disciplines of mathematics, languages and a mastery of English? He calls for an urgent re-assesment of our musical education so we avoid becoming a nation of passive consumers with no conception of music as a profound art. 
Currency House  | 978-0-98056-320-7 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Platform Papers 29
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Platform Papers 29

Democracy vs. Creativity in Australian Classical Music

Nicole Canham
‘Those of us working in the classical music sector today’, writes Canham, ‘tend to have a very limited understanding not only of the general public’s relationship with their own creativity, but also of the impact this has on their potential interest in the creativity of others. Which is a way of saying that none of our surveying and reporting and documentation for grant acquittals is really asking the essential question: “Why don’t you, or wouldn’t you, come to our concert? Or if you were to come, what would you like to see/hear?”

‘But today we are in a unique position—the middle of a creativity revolution, inventing new forms of popular culture in which everyone can be a participant. Everyone is open to the idea of making their lives more beautiful or successful. Shouldn’t we be adding the enjoyment of classical music to that list?’ What really inspires us is awakening to our potential. Canham suggests how this might be done and describes her own experience of making ‘deconstructed’ opera developed with her audience.

Currency House | 978-0-98079-828-9 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Retro Rock CD
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Retro Rock CD

Andrew R. Brown & Steve C. Dillon

Retro Rock CD contains ten tracks illustrating the styles discussed in the companion book R etro Rock Style Guide, and provides the opportunity for classes to listen to, play with and improvise in various retro styles.
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-667-1 | Sales rights: worldwide, except Aust/NZ | PB