Music from the Earliest Notations to the Sixteenth Century: The Oxford History of Western Music

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Oxford University Press, Aug 14, 2006 - Music - 930 pages
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The universally acclaimed and award-winning Oxford History of Western Music is the eminent musicologist Richard Taruskin's provocative, erudite telling of the story of Western music from its earliest days to the present. Each book in this superlative five-volume set illuminates-through a representative sampling of masterworks- the themes, styles, and currents that give shape and direction to a significant period in the history of Western music. This first volume in Richard Taruskin's majestic history, Music from the Earliest Notations to the Sixteenth Century , sweeps across centuries of musical innovation to shed light on the early forces that shaped the development of the Western classical tradition. Beginning with the invention of musical notation more than a thousand years ago, Taruskin addresses topics such as the legend of Saint Gregory and Gregorian chant, Augustine's and Boethius's thoughts on music, the liturgical dramas of Hildegard of Bingen, the growth of the music printing business, the literary revolution and the English madrigal, the influence of the Reformation and the Counter-Reformation, and the operas of Monteverdi. Laced with brilliant observations, memorable musical analysis, and a panoramic sense of the interactions between history, culture, politics, art, literature, religion, and music, this book will be essential reading for anyone who wishes to understand this rich and diverse period.

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The History of What?
CHAPTER 1The Curtain Goes Up
CHAPTER 2New Styles and Forms
CHAPTER 3Retheorizing Music
CHAPTER 4Music of Feudalism and Fin Amors
CHAPTER 5Polyphony in Practice and Theory
CHAPTER 6Notre Dame de Paris
CHAPTER 7Music for an Intellectualand Political Elite
CHAPTER 13Middle and Low
CHAPTER 14Josquin and the Humanists
CHAPTER 15A Perfected Art
CHAPTER 16The End of Perfection
CHAPTER 17Commercial and Literary Music
CHAPTER 18Reformations and Counter Reformations
CHAPTER 19Pressure of Radical Humanism

The Ars Nova
CHAPTER 9Machaut and His Progeny
Music of the Trecento
CHAPTER 11Island and Mainland
CHAPTER 12Emblems and Dynasties
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Richard Taruskin is professor of musicology at the University of California, Berkeley. In addition to this work, Taruskin is also the author of such books as Music in the Western World: A History in Documents (1985) , Text & Act (OUP, 1995), and Stravinsky and the Russian Traditions (1996). He is a frequent contributor to the New York Times , New Republic, and many other scholarly journals.

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