Music in Western Civilization

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Lang's monumental history of music and musical culture has stood for the past half-century as the definitive work of its kind.
The scope of the book is vast, beginning with the music of ancient Greece and ending with that of the first two decades of the twentieth century. But music is not viewed in isolation. Rather, the author presents music as one of the many arts that, taken in conjunction, form the essence...

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Overview

Lang's monumental history of music and musical culture has stood for the past half-century as the definitive work of its kind.
The scope of the book is vast, beginning with the music of ancient Greece and ending with that of the first two decades of the twentieth century. But music is not viewed in isolation. Rather, the author presents music as one of the many arts that, taken in conjunction, form the essence of the artistic spirit of an era.

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Editorial Reviews

Virgil Thomson
“All in all, Music in Western Civilization is about the most fascinating general book on music I have ever read. I only wish there were more of it. 1100 pages is not a proper length for a book like that.”
Library Journal
Lang's volume has long been hailed as a benchmark in the field since making its debut in 1941. This updated edition includes a new foreword.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393040746
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1100
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 2.20 (d)

Meet the Author

The late Paul Henry Lang ranks among the century's most eminent musicologists. A longtime faculty member at Columbia University, he also served as editor of the Musical Quarterly and as music critic for the New York Herald Tribune.

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Table of Contents

Illustrations, Maps
Introduction
1 Ancient Greece 1
2 Byzantium 21
3 Rome 31
4 The Patristic Period 37
5 Gregorian Art and Its Sphere of Influence 62
6 Further Diffusion of Gregorian Art 89
7 The Gothic 122
8 The Ars Nova 144
9 The Renaissance 168
10 The Baroque 314
11 The Late Baroque 430
12 Rococo - Style Galant - Empfindsamkeit 530
13 The Classic Era 618
14 The Peripheries of Eighteenth-Century Music and Its Practice 675
15 The Confluence of Classicism and Romanticism 734
16 Romanticism 801
17 From Romanticism to Realism 843
18 Counter Currents 895
19 The Peripheries of Nineteenth-Century Music and Its Practice 916
20 The Road to the Present 990
Notes 1031
Bibliography 1045
Index 1067
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