Music in Western Civilization, Volume B: The Baroque and Classical Eras / Edition 1

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Overview

Understand music in context with MUSIC IN WESTERN CIVILIZATION, VOLUME B: THE BAROQUE AND CLASSICAL ERAS! Clear and easy-to-understand, this music text provides you with the tools you need to succeed in this course. With a focus on the history of music in the wider context of Western civilization, you will see how study of music history is important to the practice and performance of music today. Numerous full-color photographs, maps, and timelines give you a sense of the place of music within the arts and humanities in the West. Class preparation is made easy with the book-specific website that contains features such as additional musical selections, a music glossary, unit resources, and more.

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"[The writing] was the book's principle strength. It is a truly accessible book…Students might even become better writers by reading this textbook! It's probably alone in its field in this respect, and I can't raise it enough."

"Finally a textbook that examines the history if music in the wider context of Western civilization. The reader gets a clear sense of how music functioned in society."

"The writing is focused, vivid, and engaging—-the strongest I have seen in a college textbook for majors studying Western art music. The author excels at breathing life into the works of prominent composers, and at setting in sharp relief the historical and cultural circumstances that engendered them."

"Short chapters delineate material into "user-friendly" segments."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780495008682
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 7/1/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Craig M. Wright received his Bachelor of Music degree at the Eastman School of Music in 1966 and his Ph.D. in musicology from Harvard University in 1972. He began his teaching career at the University of Kentucky and for the past 40 years has been teaching at Yale University, where he is the Henry L. and Lucy G. Moses Professor of Music as well as Director of Online Education. He teaches his perennially popular introductory course "Listening to Music", also part of the offerings of Open Yale Courses, and his selective seminar "Exploring the Nature of Genius". The author of numerous scholarly books and articles on composers ranging from Leoninus to Bach, Dr. Wright has also received many awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Einstein and Kinkeldey Awards of the American Musicological Society, and the Dent Medal of the International Musicological Society. In 2004 he was awarded the honorary degree Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Chicago, and in 2010 he was elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, joining fellow inductee banjo player Steve Martin. Dr. Wright has also published LISTENING TO MUSIC, CHINESE EDITION (Cengage Learning/Three Union Press, 2012), translated and simplified by Profs. Li Xiujung (China Conservatory, Beijing) and Yu Zhigang (Central Conservatory, Beijing), both of whom worked with Wright at Yale; LISTENING TO MUSIC and LISTENING TO WESTERN MUSIC, Seventh Editions (Cengage Learning, 2015); and MUSIC IN WESTERN CIVILIZATION, MEDIA UPDATE (Cengage Learning, 2010) with coauthor Bryan Simms. He is presently at work on a volume titled MOZART'S BRAIN: EXPLORING THE NATURE OF GENIUS.

Bryan R. Simms (Bachelor of Arts, Yale University, 1966; Ph.D., Yale University, 1971) has taught since 1976 at the University of Southern California, where he has been director of graduate studies and is currently chair of the department of musicology. He is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Fulbright Foundation. He is the author of books and articles on topics in twentieth-century music and music theory, including MUSIC OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY (Schirmer 1996) and, most recently, THE ATONAL MUSIC OF ARNOLD SCHOENBERG, 1908-1923 (Oxford University Press).

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Table of Contents

PART IV: BAROQUE MUSIC. 29. Early Baroque Music. 30. The Birth of Opera: Florence, Mantua, and Venice. 31. The Concerted Style in Venice and Dresden. 32. Religious Music in Baroque Rome. 33. Instrumental Music in Italy. 34. Instrumental Music in Germany and Austria. 35. Music in Paris and at the Court of Versailles, Part I: Vocal Music. 36. Music in Paris and at the Court of Versailles, Part II: Instrumental Music. Musical Interlude 5: From Ancient to Modern: Aspects of Baroque Music Theory. 37. Music in London, Part I: Henry Purcell. 38. Music in London, Part II: George Frideric Handel. 39. Johann Sebastian Bach: Instrumental Music in Weimar and Cöthen. 40. Johann Sebastian Bach: Vocal Music in Leipzig. PART V: THE ENLIGHTENMENT AND THE CLASSICAL ERA. 41. Music in the Age of Enlightenment: Opera. 42. Music in the Age of Enlightenment: Orchestral Music. 43. Music in the Age of Enlightenment: Keyboard Music. 44. Classical Music in Vienna. 45. Joseph Haydn: Instrumental Music. 46. Joseph Haydn: Late Symphonies and Vocal Music. 47. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Instrumental Music. 48. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Vocal Music. 49. The Early Music of Beethoven. 50. Beethoven's Middle Period: 1802-1814. 51. After the Congress of Vienna: Beethoven's Late Music.

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