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The Oxford history of western musicUser Review - Book Verdict
Taruskin (musicology, Berkeley) always thinks big, so it is no surprise that he has single-handedly produced a six-volume history of Western music from the earliest chant up to the present day. The volumes are organized chronologically (the Middle Ages to 1600 , and so on), but little else is conventional. Taruskin places his subject in a historical setting while avoiding the much-criticized approach of promulgating a set canon of composers and masterworks. Readers will profit from his sharp analysis and unabashed opinions--though they will not always agree with them. The favorite works of Bach and Handel, for example, are presented and their styles compared in terms of their place in early 17th-century history, literature, and philosophy. Taruskin also discusses the recent historical performance movement. Jumping ahead, his coverage of music in the second half of the 20th century includes women's rights, gay pride, Frank Sinatra, and Philip Glass. Taruskin has succeeded in writing a stimulating overview of Western society, setting a standard that will not be surpassed for a very long time. Histories on this scale are usually the work of multiple writers (e.g., TheNew Oxford History of Music , 10 vols.). The last notable one-author view was by Paul Henry Lang, one of Taruskin's teachers. Highly recommended for public and academic libraries.--Timothy J. McGee, Hastings, Ont.
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I just read the most part of the third volume for a project I had to do about Nationalism in Music. It was very helpful!! I really enjoyed reading it. I will definitely read the rest of the volumes when I have more time!
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