History of Music in Western Culture, Volume 1 / Edition 3

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A History of Music in Western Culture,Volume 1, 3/e, is based on the premise that the best way to convey the history of Western music is to focus squarely on the music. Organized around a carefully selected repertory of works, this text integrates the requisite names, dates, and concepts around specific compositions. Once familiar with a representative body of music, students can better grasp the evolution of musical style and music's changing uses within the Western tradition. Even more importantly, they will have a sound basis from which to explore other musical works and repertories.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205661725
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 1/17/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents for Volume One:


Prologue: Antiquity

Music in the Biblical World

Ancient Greece

Music in Ancient Greek Society

Greek Musical Theory

Music in the Roman Empire

The Musical Legacies of Antiquity

Music and the Cosmos

Music and the Soul

Music and the State

Theory versus Practice

Vocal versus Instrumental Music

Discussion Questions

Part I The Medieval Era

Prelude to Part I

CHAPTER 1: Plainchant and Secular Monophony

The Emergence of Plainchant

The Elements of Plainchant

Liturgical Function

Relationship of Words and Music


Melodic Structure


The Expansion of Plainchant

Secular Monophony

Songs in Latin


The Iberian Peninsula


CHAPTER 2: Polyphony to 1300


Innovations in Organum

Notre Dame Organum




Mensural Notation

Franconian Notation

Petronian Notation

CHAPTER 3: Music in the 14th Century

France: The Ars Nova

Le Roman de Fauvel

Polyphonic Settings of the Mass Ordinary

Secular Song

The Ars subtilior at the End of the 14th Century

Italy: The Trecento


Instrumental Music

Discussion Questions

Part II The Renaissance

Prelude to Part II

Renaissance Humanism

The Protestant Reformation

Renaissance Painting and Sculpture

Music in Renaissance Society

CHAPTER 4: The Emergence of Renaissance Style

Consonance and Dissonance: Trusting the Ear

Sonority: The Contenance Angloise

Fauxbourdon and Faburden

New Sonority, Old Structure: Du Fay’s Nuper rosarum flores

Josquin’s Ave Maria . . . Virgo Serena and The Style of the Renaissance

Treatment of Text


Cadential Structure





CHAPTER 5: The Genres of Renaissance Music, 1420—1520

Sacred Vocal Music

The Mass: Du Fay and Ockeghem

The Mass: Josquin des Prez and His Contemporaries

The Motet

Secular Vocal Music



Instrumental Music

Renaissance Instruments

Keyboard Music

Dance Music

CHAPTER 6: Music in the 16th Century

Secular Vocal Music

The Parisian Chanson

The Italian Madrigal

Secular Song in Germany, Spain, and England

Sacred Vocal Music

Music of the Reformation

Music of the Counter-Reformation

Instrumental Music



Freely Composed Works

Dance Music


Discussion Questions

Part III The Baroque Era

Prelude to Part III

War, Revolution, and Colonial Expansion

The Scientific Revolution

The Musical Baroque

CHAPTER 7: The New Practice

Searching for the Secrets of Ancient Greek Music

The Florentine Camerata

The Seconda Prattica

Music in the Baroque Era:

A Stylistic Overview

CHAPTER 8: Vocal Music, 1600—1650

Secular Song

Italy: The Madrigal

France: The Air de cour


Sacred Music

CHAPTER 9: Vocal Music, 1650—1750


France: Comédie-ballet and Tragédie en musique

Italy: Opera seria

England: Masque, Semi-Opera, Opera, and Ballad Opera

Sacred Music

Music in Convents


Motet and Mass


Conceptions of the Compositional Process

CHAPTER 10: Instrumental Music, 1600—1750

Instruments of the Baroque Era

The Violin

Winds, Brass, and Percussion

Keyboard Instruments

The Orchestra

The Public Concert

Instrumental Genres of the Baroque Era




Other Keyboard Genres

Discussion Questions

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