Elizabeth Berndt-Morris

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My Old Kentucky Home: The Astonishing Life and Reckoning of an Iconic American Song

Bingham convincingly argues that listeners cannot disconnect “My Old Kentucky Home” from its fraught and dishonest history and that the only way forward is to stop performing it altogether. Readers familiar with the song will get the most out of this book, as will anyone with a deep interest in the intersections of music and history.

The Annotated Ring Cycle: The Valkyrie (Die Walküre)

Walter’s useful introduction to Wagner’s masterpiece breaks down the epic opera’s plot, musical motifs, and poetic structure into digestible pieces of information; ideal for readers with any amount of previous knowledge of the Ring cycle.


The Impossible Art: Adventures in Opera

Opera lovers will be delighted by this conversational, memoir-style book from an author who has spent years studying and writing in the art form.

Modular Online Learning Design: A Flexible Approach for Diverse Learning Needs

Emphasizing flexibility and functionality, Hess’s book will aid librarians who want to save time and energy when creating online learning content.

Music Around the World: A Global Encyclopedia

A successful dive into global music culture in an easy-to-digest format for beginner researchers.


A Guide to Library Research in Music

Written for students at the undergraduate and graduate level, as well as for general learners, this is a necessary tool for those looking for guidance in finding music research.

Composers: Their Lives and Works

There’s little new here; readers will find the same information covered in similar texts. Still, for nonmusically trained readers, this is an aesthetically pleasing introduction to Western classical music.

Jazz: Race and Social Change (1870–2019)

Great for readers who have a basic knowledge of American history and seek to deepen that knowledge through the incorporation of jazz history.

Hollywood Heroines: The Most Influential Women in Film History

For general readers as well as scholars in film and/or gender studies looking for biographical information about women in film history.

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