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From the Publisher"Centered on the conceptualization of time in music, Griffiths' precis traces a course of development from ancient Greece and Babylonia to the present...A well-written must for classical-music listeners and teachers."
"One of the UK's most eloquent and intelligent writers on classical music, Griffiths' A Concise History of Western Music (concise maybe, but substantial enough to merit every one of its 350 pages) is a joy."
-The Book Depository
"Hidden behind the deadpan title is an extremely rich and thoughtful text: a concise history, as it says on the tin, but also a warm meditation on the philosophy of music…Each chapter culminates in a subtle cliff-hanger, and the whole thing reads exquisitely."
'Anyone who can write a concise history of music deserves a medal…Paul Griffiths, adept at clear, succinct presentations, manages to reduce the millennia and centuries to just 300 pages; and, to make matters easier, he gives the terms without which the story cannot be told a brisk and lively explanation and encourages the reader to read, listen further and think…an original and a stimulating book."
"…(an) elegant and highly readable style…thought-provoking, compelling and remarkably comprehensive narrative…this is easily one of the most thought-provoking, enjoyable and stimulating reads on Western music to have been published in the past ten years."
-BBC Music Magazine
"The book is clearly laid out, with page — heading summaries making it valuable for academic study."
-International Record Review
"...attention to the ways of the different musics of the past and present 'proceed through time' is the main novelty of this book...A Concise History of Western Music [is] new and distinctive. This is an adroit and knowing book..."
-Joseph Kerman, The New York Review