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The most engaging and accessible brief survey of Western music history, at the best value on the market.Based on A History of Western Music, by J. Peter Burkholder, Donald Jay Grout, and Claude V. Palisca, Concise History of Western Music, Fourth Edition, offers authoritative coverage of the essential works and genres in Western music history. By setting musical events into a memorable historical and cultural context, Concise History of Western Music provides a history students will read and remember.FEATURES A central repertory of musical worksConcise History of Western Music deepens students' understanding of a central repertory of works and the forces that shaped them. The text provides detailed coverage of every work on the companion 6-CD set, and enriches the historical and cultural context for key events, individuals, and musical genres. Balanced coverage of genres and erasThe Fourth Edition expands coverage of instrumental music throughout the book, reexamines the end of the Baroque period, includes more large-scale chamber and orchestral repertoire, and moves nineteenth century opera between the early and late romantics to streamline chronology. Twentieth century chapters are now divided to provide a broader cross-section of genres and styles, introduce new repertoire, and integrate American music more chronologically. Cultural context connects the music to the historyPart Introductions (six in all) provide overviews of the major political, artistic, and intellectual trends in each historical period; Arts and Ideas boxes within introduce important figures in literature, science, philosophy, and the arts. Concise contextual overviews and summaries frame each chapter, while Music in Context and Innovations boxes set musical developments within the broader context of Western history and culture. Timelines and four-color maps locate musical events in a specific time and place. Outstanding pedagogy promotes student learningOutstanding pedagogical features help students to highlight and synthesize essential information: chapter outlines provide an overview of the key topics, composers, and works featured in the chapter; composer biography boxes highlight the lives of key composers; Innovation boxes focus on key musical innovations that have fundamentally changed how we create, disseminate, and consume music; and Music in Performance sidebars make students aware of the problems and issues inherent in interpreting a musical work, and suggest possible reconstructions based on contemporaneous evidence.
Table of Contents
|The Ancient and Medieval Worlds|
|Music in Ancient Greece and Early Christian Rome|
|Chant and Secular Song in the Middle Ages|
|Polyphony through the Thirteenth Century|
|French and Italian Music in the Fourteenth Century|
|The Age of the Renaissance|
|England, France, and Burgundy in the Fifteenth Century: The Beginnings of an International Style|
|Music of Franco-Flemish Composers, 1450-1520|
|Secular Song, National Styles, and Instrumental Music in the Sixteenth Century|
|Sacred Music in the Era of the Reformation|
|The Long Seventeenth Century|
|Vocal Music of the Early Baroque and the Invention of Opera|
|Vocal Music for Chamber and Church in the Early Baroque|
|Instrumental Music in the Seventeenth Century|
|Opera and Vocal Music in the Late Seventeenth Century|
|Baroque Music in the Early Eighteenth Century|
|The Eighteenth Century|
|The Early Classic Period: Opera and Vocal Music|
|The Early Classic Period: Instrumental Music|
|The Late Eighteenth Century: Haydn and Mozart|
|Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)|
|The Nineteenth Century: The Age of Romanticism|
|The Early Romantics|
|Opera and Music Drama in the Nineteenth Century|
|The Later Romantics|
|Music in the Later Nineteenth Century: Europe, Nationalism, and the Classical Tradition in America|
|The Twentieth Century and Today|
|The European Mainstream in the Early Twentieth Century|
|Music, Politics, and the People in the European Twentieth Century|
|Vernacular Music and the Classical Tradition in America|
|The Changing World of Music since 1945|
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