History of Music in Western Culture, Volume 2 / Edition 3

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A History of Music in Western Culture, Volume 2, 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: 9780205661732
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 1/17/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 408
  • Sales rank: 926,280
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents for Volume II


Part IV The Classical Era

Prelude to Part IV

The Age of Enlightenment

War and Revolution

The Industrial Revolution

Music in Enlightenment Society

Chapter 11: The Art of the Natural Music and the Idea of Nature

Music in the Classical Era: A Stylistic Overview

The Elements of Classical Style

The Illusion of Order

Form and Style in the Mid-18TH Century

The Emergence of Sonata Form

The Fantasia

CHAPTER 12: Instrumental Music in the Classical Era

The Language of Instrumental Music

Form and Genre in the Instrumental Music of the Classical Era


String Quartet



CHAPTER 13: Vocal Music in the Classical Era

The Rise of Opera Buff

Opera Wars

Gluck and the Reform of Opera

Mozart and the Synthesis of Operatic Styles

Sacred Music


Discussion Questions

Major Composers of the Classical Era


Great Britain


The Austrian Empire


North America

Part V The 19th Century

Prelude to Part V

Progress and Dislocation

Ideas and Ideologies

Reaction, Reform, and Revolution

The Musical World of the 19th Century

Chapter 14: The Age of the Tone Poet

Romanticism and the New Prestige of Instrumental Music

The Composer as High Priest

Originality and Historical Self-Consciousness

The New Dichotomy between Absolute and Program Music


The Growing Division between Art and Popular Music

Music in the 19th Century: A Stylistic Overview

Chapter 15: Orchestral Music, 1800—1850

Bigger Halls, Bigger Audiences, and Louder Instruments

The Symphony

Beethoven’s Symphonies

The Symphony after Beethoven

The Concert Overture

The Concerto

CHAPTER 16: Piano Music, Chamber Music, Song

Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas and String Quartets


The Character Piece

The Virtuoso Showpiece

Chapter 17: Dramatic and Choral Music


Italy in the Early 19th Century: Rossini

Italy at Mid-century: Verdi

Opera and Politics

France: Grand Opéra and Opéra Comique

Germany: Weber to Wagner

The Elements of Wagnerian

Music Drama


Choral Music

CHAPTER 18: Orchestral Music, 1850—1900

Music for Dancing and Marching

The Ballet

The Symphonic Poem

The Symphony

The Challenge of the Past: Brahms

Nationalism: DvoÇrák

The Collision of High and Low: Mahler

Discussion Questions

Major Composers of the 19th Century


Great Britain



Germany and Austria




United States

Part VI The 20th Century

Prelude to Part VI

The Impact of Recorded Sound

Modernism: The Shock of the New

CHAPTER 19: The Growth of Pluralism from Homogeneity to Diversity

The Past Confronts the Present

Recorded Versus Live Music


The Uses of Music in the 20th-Century


Music and the State

Music and Race

Music and Protest

Music Therapy

Ambient Music

Music in the 20th Century: A Stylistic Overview

CHAPTER 20: The Search for New Sounds, 1890—1945


Challenges to Tonality

Radical Primitivism


New Timbres

Chapter 21: Beyond Tonality


Serial Composition

CHAPTER 22: The Tonal Tradition

Neoclassicalism and the “New Objectivity”

Orchestral Music

Film Music


Chamber Music

Opera and Musical Theatre

The Oratorio

CHAPTER 23: New Currents after 1945

The Quest for Innovation


Dissonant Counterpart

Integral Serialism

Aleatory Music

Electronic Music



Major Composers of the 20th Century


Great Britain




Germany and Austria



Czechoslovakia/Czech Republic


Russia and the Soviet Union

Latin America

United States

CHAPTER 24: The Popular Music of America and Its Influence

Before 1900

Ragtime and Blues



Popular Song

Jazz: to 1945

Jazz: after 1945

Country Music

The Folk Revival

Rhythm, Rock and Rap

Discussion Questions

Epilogue: Music at the Beginning of a New Century




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