Oxford History of Western Music: 5-vol. set
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 paperback, 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.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Other editions - View all
actual Agnus Alleluia andthe antiphon asthe atthe beginning breve bythe cadence called canon cantus firmus cathedral chanson chant chapter church clausula composer composition conductus consonances contemporary contratenor counterpoint cyclic Mass Dame discant earliest English faburden famous fauxbourdon fourteenth century Frankish French fromthe genres Gloria Gregorian Gregorian chant harmonic hexachord hockets homorhythmic imitation inthe isorhythmic Italian itwas Josquin Kyrie L’Homme Armé Latin literate liturgical Machaut manuscript Mass medieval melisma melody mensuration Missa modal mode monophonic motet musicians neumes notation Ockeghem octave ofmusic ofthe onthe organum original pair Palestrina pentachord perfect performance phrase piece pitch polyphonic practice psalm Renaissance repertory rhythm rhythmic Roman semibreves sequence setting singers singing sixteenth century socalled song style subtilior sung superius syllables talea tenor tetrachord texture thatthe thefirst theorists thirteenth century tobe tothe tradition treatise triplum tropes troubadour trouvère verse virelai voices Willaert withthe words