A History of Music in Western Culture

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A book that will enable the reader to have a greater understanding of music's role in our lives, this is a comprehensive study of the history of music from antiquity to the modern era. This book makes its subject matter lively and engaging by including loads of information in a way that the reader can easily grasp with its clearly-written narrative, use of illustrations, information boxes, composer profiles, and generous quantities of interesting material, such as composers' letters and critic's reviews of music throughout the ages. A two-volume anthology and an eight CD set of carefully chosen musical scores are included with this book. This book maintains the traditional divisions of music history: Antiquity, Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Twentieth Century, all connected by themes such as texture, melody, harmony, rhythm, and composers, which allow the reader to compare and contrast the different elements of musical style throughout the ages. For musicians, music journalists, or any persons in the field of music that need to gain information about music in a historical perspective.

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  • Focuses squarely on the music, tying names, dates, and concepts to the study of a carefully selected repertory of works.
  • Tells the story of Western music in a clear and compelling narrative to help students gain a broad understanding of the nature of music, its role in society, and the ways in which it has changed over time.
  • Challenges readers to think critically about music using primary sources to demonstrate that the raw materials of history are often open to conflicting interpretations, and that these conflicts can open new perspectives.
  • Integrates the textual narrative with the anthology of scores; every work in the anthology is discussed in the text.

SUPPORTING MATERIAL

  • Anthology of Scores Volume I (ISBN 0-13-01357-X)
  • Anthology of Scores Volume II (ISBN 0-13-01359-6)
  • Recorded Anthology (6 Compact Disks) Volume I (0-13-01435-9)
  • Recorded Anthology (6 Compact Disks) Volume II (0-13-014353-7)
  • A History of Music in Western Culture Companion Website
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About the Author:

Mark Evan Bonds received a B.A. in music and German from Duke University in 1975; a master's in musicology from the Universität Kiel (West Germany) in 1977; and a Ph.D. in musicology from Harvard University in 1988. He taught at Boston University (1988-92) and Harvard University (Visiting Assistant Professor, 1991) before joining the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1992. His research interests include music of the Classic and Romantic eras, particularly instrumental music and aesthetic theory. He is currently at work on a book entitled The Culture of the Symphony in the Age of Beethoven.
 

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