Category Archives: music

Composer, saxophonist, author and activist Fred Ho passed away over the weekend. A foremost voice in the history of West Coast Asian American jazz, the East Coast avant-garde, and numerous anti-oppression movements, Ho spent his life redefining the relationship between … Continue reading

German composer Josephine Lang was born March 15, 1815. Lang, a prodigiously talented pianist and dedicated composer, participated at various times in the German Romantic world of lieder through her important arts salon. In her book Five Lives in Music: Women … Continue reading

Avant garde composer Robert Ashley passed away Monday, March 3. One of the leading American composers of the post-Cage generation, Ashley’s innovations began in the 1960s when he, along with Alvin Lucier, Gordon Mumma, and David Behrman, formed the Sonic … Continue reading

Accomplished jazzman Joseph James Evans passed away on January 17, 2014 at age 97. His autobiography, Follow Your Heart: Moving with the Giants of Jazz, Swing, and Rhythm and Blues (written with Christopher Brooks) was published by University of Illinois Press … Continue reading

Patrick Warfield is an associate professor of music at the University of Maryland and the editor of John Philip Sousa: Six Marches. He recently answered our questions about his new book Making the March King: John Philip Sousa’s Washington Years, 1854-1893. … Continue reading

Barrelhouse Words: A Blues Dialect Dictionary By Stephen Calt To celebrate the holiday season we have lowered the eBook list price of Barrelhouse Words: A Blues Dialect Dictionary to $2.99 (through January 15). This fascinating compendium explains the most unusual, obscure, … Continue reading

The Organs of J. S. Bach: A Handbook by Christoph Wolff and Markus Zepf To celebrate the holiday season we have lowered the eBook list price of The Organs of J. S. Bach: A Handbook to $2.99 (through January 15). The … Continue reading

During University Press Week, the UIP is joining other members of the university press community for a blog tour. Individual presses will blog on a different theme each day, including profiles of university press staff members. Today we feature a … Continue reading

Happy 159th birthday to John Philip Sousa. Sousa began his musical education learning the violin at age 6, and when he was 13, his father enlisted him in the United States Marine Corps as an apprentice. Before he became “The … Continue reading

To coincide with the Society for Ethnomusicology annual meeting November 14-17, 2013, in Indianapolis, we are offering eBook versions of three University of Illinois Press titles on sale for $2.99. The sale will run through November, 30. Musical Journeys in Sumatra by Margaret … Continue reading