A Student's Guide to Music History

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ISI Books, 2007 - Music - 135 pages
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R. J. Stoveís A Studentís Guide to Music History is a concise account, written for the intelligent lay reader, of classical musicís development from the early Middle Ages onwards. Beginning with a discussion of Hildegard von Bingen, a twelfth-century German nun and composer, and the origins of plainchant, Stoveís narrative recounts the rise (and ever-increasing complexity) of harmony during the medieval world, the differences between secular and sacred music, the glories of the contrapuntal style, and the origins of opera. Stove then relates the achievements of the high baroque period, the very different idioms that prevailed during the late eighteenth century, and the emergence of Romanticism, with its emphasis upon the artist-hero. With the late nineteenth century came a growing emphasis on musical patriotism, writes Stove, especially in Spain, Hungary, Russia, Bohemia, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and the United States.†A final section discusses the trends that have characterized music since 1945. † Stoveís guide also singles out eminent composers for special coverage, including Palestrina, Monteverdi, Handel, Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Wagner, Verdi, Brahms, Debussy, Richard Strauss, Sibelius, and Messiaen. As a brief orientation to the history and countours of classical music, A Studentís Guide to Music History is an unparalleled resource.

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Very readable; fast-moving and to the point. Suitable both for those with minimal knowledge of classical music and for those with better knowledge, who would like to understand its history.

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Really liked this short summary, a musical history. A good overview of the main characters and trends. Read full review

Contents

Preface
1
From the Gabrielis and Monteverdi
15
From Gluck and Bachs Sons
31
Copyright

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About the author (2007)

R. J. Stove, born in 1961 in Sydney, is a professional organist and composer in Melbourne. His previous books are Prince of Music: Palestrina and His World and The Unsleeping Eye: Secret Police and Their Victims. He is a contributing editor at the American Conservative, and his articles have appeared in Modern Age, the New Criterion, Chronicles, National Review, the National Observer (Australia), and elsewhere. He has also broadcast on Sydney and Melbourne radio.

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