By Stan Pelkey In mid-January, during the last few days my two children were home for winter break, my son and I began to watch the first season of Vikings (Michael Hirst, 2013–2018) on Amazon Prime’s streaming video service. We’d Read More
Cameron Pyke, Benjamin Britten and Russia (Boydell Press, 2016). This exceptionally well-written and well-researched study by Cameron Pyke (Dulwich College and University of London) explores many of the ways Benjamin Britten engaged with Russian composers, musicians, and literature against the Read More
Paul S. Boyer’s American History: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2012). I have read a number of books from Oxford’s “Very Short Introduction” series, including Kathryn Kalinak’s on Film Music, John Polkinghorne’s on Quantum Theory, and several on Read More
Review: David Neumeyer, Meaning and Interpretation of Music in Cinema (Indiana University Press, 2015). David Neumeyer (University of Texas at Austin) expands his significant contribution to film music studies with this magisterial volume, which is in three parts. In the Read More
I love books. I have been collecting them since my teens, and I have a lot of them now, both at home and in my office at the University. It has gotten expensive to move my library, which is one Read More
Michael Hall’s Music Theatre in Britain 1960-1975 (Boydell Press, 2015).