The Oxford History of Western Music
The universally acclaimed and award-winning Oxford History of Western Music by one of the most prominent and provocative musicologists of our time, Richard Taruskin. Now in hardcover, the set has been reconstructed to be available for the first time as individual books, each one taking on a critical time period in the history of western music. All five books are also being offered in a shrink wrapped set for a discounted price. Each book in this magnificent set illuminates - through a representative sampling of masterworks - those themes, styles, and currents that give shape and direction to each musical age. The five titles cover Western music from its earliest days to the sixteenth century, the seventeenth and eighteenth century, the nineteenth century, the early twentieth century, and the late twentieth century. Taking a critical perspective, Taruskin sets the details of music, the chronological sweep of figures, works, and musical ideas, within the larger context of world affairs and cultural history. He combines an emphasis on structure and form with a discussion of relevant theoretical concepts in each age, to illustrate how the music itself works, and how contemporaries heard and understood it. He also describes how the context of each stylistic period - key cultural, historical, social, economic, and scientific events - influenced and directed compositional choices. Moreover, the five books are filled with helpful illustrations that enhance the historical context of musical composition, as well as musical examples, black-and-white pictures throughout, suggestions for further reading, and indexes. Laced with brilliant observations, memorable musical analysis, and a panoramic sense of the interactions between history, culture, politics, art, literature, religion, and music, these books will be essential reading for anyone who wishes to understand this rich and diverse tradition.
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Review: Music from the Earliest Notations to the 16th Century, Oxford History of Western Music, Vol. 1User Review - Kalliope - Goodreads
Starting on my Taruskin and Lang Challenge... Have read Taruskin's 3rd volume already, but decided to start at the beginning. I have ahead of me close to 5000 pages on the History of Western Music ... Read full review
Review: Music from the Earliest Notations to the 16th Century, Oxford History of Western Music, Vol. 1User Review - Tony - Goodreads
best book on music I've ever read. This series should replace the Grout for all time. Incredibly insightful and contemporary. Read full review