This handsome new reference is an encyclopedic record of Western music from the Middle Ages to the present day. With a lively text and copious illustrations, each volume is a complete survey of the period it covers; together the four volumes present a history of Western music as a whole. Written by renowned musical authorities, Heritage of Music is meant for everyone who enjoys music.
From oratorios to computer composition, the cultural climate of each period's music is carefully delineated. Pertinent illustrations, integrated with the text, amplify and complement it. Entire chapters are devoted to each of the best known musicians of each period, with detailed histories of their lives and work, and astute commentary about how their music related to their personalities.
A consistent approach is used in each volume. After a general introduction the chapters cover the main musical developments and personalities of the time. Between these, at appropriate points, each volume contains "interludes": short sections that give in-depth treatment of topics not covered in the chapters, including aspects of music history, the keyboard, the orchestra, opera houses, and more.
Authoritative, comprehensive, and profusely illustrated in both color and black and white, Heritage of Music is that rare musical reference, of interest to the specialist and casual listener alike.
In Heritage of Music you will find:
* Comprehensive coverage of Western Music from the Middle Ages to the present
* Entire chapters devoted to each of the most important composers of each period
* Illustrations throughout, with art from each musical period presented parallel to the subject matter in order to amplify and complement the text
* Special "Interludes" between chapters that offer cogent commentary and descriptive information related to--but not covered by--the chapters
* An illustrated biographical dictionary of composers of the period at the end of each volume
* A full index to each volume, and a cumulative index at the end of Volume IV for fast and easy access to information in all four volumes
* A handsome format (8 1/2 x 11) with approximately 225 color and 300 black and white illustrations in each volume
"The overall efect is stunningly beautiful and should attract layman and scholar alike. On the purely practical level, these highly literate volumes, as a whole, could be adapted to virtually any and every undergraduate music history and literature course."--Notes
"Had the Oxford University Press's four-volume 'Heritage of Music' failed in all other respects, it would still be worth the price just for the remarkable selection and vivid reproduction of the copious artwork. Happily, though, this is, on just about all counts, an impressively executed
undertaking....Present[s]...its information so lucidly, informatively, effortlessly, in a fashion that can be taken piece by piece, page by page, or in mighty chunks--the choice is up to the reader--[that] we will be in a better position to monitor the future progress of the art form we have come to
know as classical music."--The Christian Science Monitor
"It does make for fascinating reading ... provides a review of musical history and a good overall perspective on how the Western world helped to shape the music of the time."ARBA
"This is a very fine collection of articles most of which are on individual composers, blending biographical material with analyses of the composer's style(s) and descriptions of the composer's most important works....The articles are informative and lively, written for the non-specialist
reader but without condescension....This reference set is a reliable and eminently readable introduction to most of the major figures in the modern western musical tradition."--The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism
"This history of Western music, lavishly presented with hundreds of color plates and illustrations, differs from the numerous single-author encyclopedic surveys in two important ways: its various chapters are independently written by 55 scholars...and stories of composers' lives are limited
to the major figures...with biographical material about others consigned to short sketches at the end of each volume. This allows the authors to dwell on important compositions, placing music in its historical and social setting....A solid achievement."--Library Journal
"If one follows the authors' suggestion to listen while reading, this series should be an autodidact's delight....Illustrations are magnificent and the varied page format keeps one turning them. Both public and undergraduate libraries."--Choice
"The overall effect is stunningly beautiful and should attract layman and scholar alike. On the purely practical level, these highly literate volumes, as a whole, could be adapted to virtually any and every undergraduate music history and literature course."--Notes
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