History of Western Music / Edition 8

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The Eighth Edition of A History of Western Music is a vivid, accessible, and richly contextual view of music in Western culture.Building on his monumental revision of the Seventh Edition, Peter Burkholder has refined an inspired narrative for a new generation of students, placing people at the center of the story. The narrative of A History of Western Music naturally focuses on the musical works, styles, genres, and ideas that have proven most influential, enduring, and significant—but it also encompasses a wide range of music, from religious to secular, from serious to humorous, from art music to popular music, and from Europe to the Americas. With a six-part structure emphasizing the music’s reception and continued influence, Burkholder’s narrative establishes a social and historical context for each repertoire to reveal its legacy and its significance today.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393931259
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2008
  • Edition description: Eighth Edition
  • Edition number: 8
  • Pages: 986
  • Sales rank: 222,414
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

J. Peter Burkholder is Distinguished Professor of Musicology at Indiana University. He has written and edited four books on Charles Ives, as well as numerous articles on topics spanning from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century for The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Journal of the American Musicological Society, Journal of Musicology, Musical Quarterly, 19th-Century Music, Music Theory Spectrum, and other journals. He has served as President, Vice President, and Director-at-Large of the American Musicological Society and on the board of the College Music Society. His writings have received awards from the American Musicological Society, the Society for American Music, and ASCAP.

Donald Jay Grout, late professor of music at Cornell University, also wrote a standard history of opera.

Claude V. Palisca, late professor of music at Yale University, began his collaboration on A History of Western Music with the Third Edition. Among his many publications are a history of Baroque music and a collection of scholarly essays on Italian Renaissance music.

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Table of Contents

1 Music in antiquity 4
2 The Christian church in the first millennium 24
3 Roman liturgy and chant 50
4 Song and dance music in the Middle Ages 71
5 Polyphony through the thirteenth century 87
6 French and Italian music in the fourteen century 116
7 The age of the Renaissance 148
8 England and Burgundy in the fifteenth century 167
9 Franco-Flemish composers, 1450-1520 190
10 Sacred music in the era of the Reformation 210
11 Madrigal and secular song in the sixteenth century 240
12 The rise of instrumental music 264
13 New styles in the seventeenth century 288
14 The invention of opera 307
15 Music for chamber and church in the early seventeenth century 328
16 France, England, Spain, and the New World in the seventeenth century 353
17 Italy and Germany in the late seventeenth century 384
18 The early eighteenth century in Italy and France 416
19 German composers of the late Baroque 438
20 Opera and vocal music in the early Classic period 472
21 Instrumental music : sonata, symphony, and concerto at midcentury 506
22 Classic music in the late eighteenth century 525
23 Revolution and change 568
24 The Romantic generation : song and piano music 595
25 Romanticism in classic forms : orchestral, chamber, and choral music 631
26 Romantic opera and musical theater to midcentury 659
27 Opera and musical theater in the later nineteenth century 679
28 Late Romanticism in Germany and Austria 714
29 Diverging traditions in the later nineteenth century 737
30 The early twentieth century 758
31 Modernism and the classical tradition 801
32 Between the world wars : jazz and popular music 844
33 Between the world wars : the classical tradition 865
34 Postwar crosscurrents 893
35 The end of the millennium 941
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