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Designed for students with little or no musical background, An Introduction to the History and Literature of Music in Western Culture is an interdisciplinary text that can stand alone in a music appreciation class or serve as an excellent supplement to a survey of Western history or literature.

The driving philosophy behind this text is music education, not musicology. Author Michael Brown has taught this material for 25 years in both high school and college, giving him a feel for the impractical and overburdened quality of many music appreciation textbooks. Because most students come to school with only a very limited knowledge of music, the overriding goal of An Introduction to the History and Literature of Music in Western Culture is simply to introduce students to the aesthetic appreciation of music and to give music a place in their view of the world.

The text covers major composers and forms in chronological order, though without attempting to present a comprehensive history of music. Instead, the emphasis is on a broad view of the aesthetics of music as it has developed over the course of Western civilization. Similarly, it has no sample music manuscripts, but a pair of compact discs complements the text by offering selections to go with the “Music Analysis” sections of each chapter. Furthermore, the culture and style of each period is communicated more fully through dozens of works of art, from antiquity to the modern era, reproduced throughout the book.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780555003572
  • Publisher: Pearson Learning Solutions
  • Publication date: 8/18/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 4.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael R. Brown heads the Music Department at the Mississippi State University in Starkville. A native Georgian, he holds undergraduate degrees from Emmanuel College and Berry College, and his master’s and doctorate in music education from the University of Georgia. Prior to his work at MSU, he chaired the Division of Fine Arts at Indiana Wesleyan University and was Director of Bands at Augusta State University and Truett-McConnell College in Georgia. He also served as principal trumpet in the Augusta Symphony Orchestra as well as numerous other professional orchestras and ensembles. He has held several professional conducting posts, currently serving as Music Director of the Starkville Symphony Orchestra.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures


Tension Versus Repose

Unity Versus Variety

Craft Versus Art

The Elements of Music

Historical Perspective

World Music

Historical Periods

2. ANTIQUITY (Pre-500 AD)


The Greeks

The Music of the Greeks

The Romans

The Rise of Christianity

Early Christian Music

Music Analysis CD I, Track 1: Kyrie

Secular Music of Antiquity


The Medieval Church

Romanesque Era (500—1100)

Early Medieval Music

The Further Development of Chant

The Gothic Era (1100—1400)

The Development of Notation

The Further Development of Polyphony

The Trecento


Musica Reservata

Music Analysis CD I, Track 2: Josquin Desprez, Kyrie from the Pange Lingua Mass

The Reformation

Music Analysis CD I, Track 3: Giovanni Pierluigi Da Palestrina, Kyrie from the Pope Marcellus Mass


Music Analysis CD I, Track 4: Thomas Morley, Now Is the Month of Maying

5. THE BAROQUE PERIOD (1600—1750)

Early Baroque Influences

The Florentine Camerata

Early Opera

Music Analysis CD I, Tracks 5—7: Claudio Monteverdi, L’Orfeo, Rosa del Ciel, Io Non Dirò, Lasciate I Monti

Other Baroque Vocal Forms

Music Analysis CD I, Track 8: George Frederic Handel, Halleluiah from Messiah

Music Analysis CD I, Tracks 9—10: Johann Sebastian Bach, St. Matthew Passion, Aria, Blute Nur, Chorale, Ich Bins, Ich Sollte Büssen

Baroque Instrumental Forms

Music Analysis CD I, Track 11: Johann Sebastian Bach, Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, First Movement

Music Analysis CD I, Track 12: Antonio Vivaldi, Violin Concerto, Op. 8, No. 1, First Movement, La Primavera (Spring) from The Four Seasons

Music Analysis CD I, Track 13: Johann Sebastian Bach, Organ Fugue in G minor (The Little Fugue)

Bach and Handel


The Rococo

The Age of Enlightenment and the Age of Reason

Classical Musical Genres

Sonata-Allegro Form

Classical Period Forms

Music Analysis CD I, Track 14: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, First Movement from Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550

Music Analysis CD I, Track 15: Franz Joseph Haydn, Fourth Movement from String Quartet, Opus 33, No. 2 in E-flat major

Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven


Music Analysis CD I, Track 16: Ludwig Van Beethoven, Sonate (Appassionata), Opus 57, Mvt. III

Music Analysis CD I, Track 17: Ludwig Van Beethoven, First Movement from Symphony No. 5 in C minor

7. THE ROMANTIC PERIOD (1810—1900)

Romantic Ideals

The Conservative Romantic Composers

Music Analysis CD II, Track 1: Franz Schubert, Erlkönig (The Erl King)

Music Analysis CD II, Track 2: Johannes Brahms, Fourth Movement from Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Opus 98

Radical Romantic Composers


Music Analysis CD II, Track 3: Bedrich Smetana, The Moldau

The Coming of the Modern Age



Impressionism in Music

Music Analysis CD II, Track 4: Claude Debussy, Prelude a l’apres-midi d’un faune (Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun)


Music Analysis CD II, Track 5: Arnold Schoenberg, Madonna from Pierrot Lunaire


Igor Stravinsky

Music Analysis CD II, Track 6: Igor Stravinsky, Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring), Part 1

Electronic Music

Chance Music (The Avant-Garde)


American Art Composers

Music Analysis CD II, Track 7: Aaron Copland, Appalachian Spring Section 7 (Theme and Variations on Simple Gifts)


The Blues


Music Analysis CD II, Track 8: Scott Joplin, Maple Leaf Rag


Chicago Jazz

Music Analysis CD II, Track 9: Louis Armstrong, Back O’Town Blues

The Swing Era

Music Analysis CD II, Track 10: Duke Ellington, It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)



The 1980s and Beyond

Country and Western/White Gospel

Rhythm and Blues/Black Gospel


Contemporary Christian Music

Popular Music of the Future



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