A Concise History of Western Music

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Cambridge University Press, Jun 29, 2006 - Music - 348 pages
Engaging, clear and informative, this is the story of western music - of its great composers and also of its performers and listeners, of changing ideas of what music is and what it is for. Paul Griffiths shows how music has evolved through the centuries, and suggests how its evolution has mirrored developments in the human notion of time, from the eternity of heaven to the computer's microsecond. The book provides an enticing introduction for students and beginners, using the minimum of technical terms, all straightforwardly defined in the glossary. Its perspective and its insights will also make it illuminating for teachers, musicians and music lovers. Suggestions for further reading and recommended recordings are given for each of the 24 short chapters.

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By "Western music," the title really refers to Western classical music (popular and folk are almost entirely absent) from prehistory to the end of the 20th century. Music critic Griffiths, formerly ... Read full review


Time measured 11001400
Time sensed 14001630
Time known 16301770
Time embraced 17701815
Time escaping 18151907
164 Time escaping 18151907
Time tangled 19081975
Time lost 1975

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Paul Griffiths has written extensively on twentieth-century music, particularly on new music and the avant garde, and is one of the most influential music critics of his generation.

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