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A History of Western Music
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Renowned for its comprehensive coverage of genres and styles in Western music from antiquity to the present, "A History of Western Music" has secured its place-- through six editions and for almost half a century-- as the definitive resource for every musician. In this latest edition, J. Peter Burkholder has renewed and updated the book to suit the ways in which instructors teach and students learn today, all while maintaining the authority and comprehensive coverage that has defined this classic text. In a shift of emphasis, this edition places people making choices at the center of the story. Linking historical and social context directly to musical practice and styles, this edition calls attention to what's important, where it fits, why it matters, and who cares.
Book News Annotation:
This classic textbook—first written by Donald Jay Grout of Cornell U.—traces the forms and modes of Western music from ancient Mesopotamia to the present, emphasizing musical styles and genres. For the new edition, Burkholder (Indiana U.) has also sought to highlight the people creating and receiving music, the choices they made, what they valued in music, and how these choices reflected both tradition and innovation. They have also incorporated more material on American jazz, popular, and other musics, while retaining the emphasis on "art music." Included in the text are such features as composer biographies, source readings, timelines, maps, color illustrations, and cross-references to an ancillary package of music CDs available through the publisher.
Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Renowned for its comprehensive coverage of genres and styles in Western music from antiquity to the present, A History or Western Music has secured its place-through six editions and for almost a half-century-as the definitive resource for every music student. Maintaining the authority and breadth of coverage that have always defined this classic text, J. Peter Burkholder has meticulously revised and restructured the text to make it more accessible for today's students. This revision places a stronger emphasis on social and historical context and adds substantially expanded pedagogy and striking four-color design.
The Norton Recorded Anthology of Western Music, Concise Versionincludes professional recordings (many brand new) of selected works in the anthology in a six-CD set.
The Study and Listening Guide provides chapter outlines and objectives, study questions, review questions, and valuable guides to help students listen more productively.
These CDs are for use with The Norton Anthology of Western Musicand A History of Western Music.
Maintaining the authority and breadth of coverage that have always defined this classic text, J. Peter Burkholder has meticulously revised and restructured the text to make it more accessible for today"s students. This revision places a stronger emphasis on social and historical context and adds substantially expanded pedagogy and striking four-color design.
About the Author
J. Peter Burkholder is Distinguished Professor of Musicology at Indiana University. He has written and edited four books on Charles Ives, as well as numerous articles on topics spanning from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century for The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Journal of the American Musicological Society, Journal of Musicology, Musical Quarterly, 19th-Century Music, Music Theory Spectrum, and other journals. He has served as President, Vice President, and Director-at-Large of the American Musicological Society and on the board of the College Music Society. His writings have received awards from the American Musicological Society, the Society for American Music, and ASCAP.Donald Jay Grout, late professor of music at Cornell University, also wrote a standard history of opera.
Claude V. Palisca, late professor of music at Yale University, began his collaboration on A History of Western Music with the Third Edition. Among his many publications are a history of Baroque music and a collection of scholarly essays on Italian Renaissance music.
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