"Walks us through history in a nicely paced diary format ..A superb project."—Rocky Mountain News
Taking the form of a chronological diary from 1600 to the present, this book leads the reader through the centuries, year by year, following the musicians' overlapping and interweaving lives.
The composers' own worlds, public and private, spring to life in extracts from contemporary letters and journals, and in hundreds of illustrations, many in full color. An informative introduction traces the history of music before 1600, and special features discuss key works, influences on musical form and performance, centers of musical energy, and changing working conditions. A companion chronology introduces the wider context of important historical and artistic events.
The reference section includes biographies, a glossary of technical words, charts summarizing the history of music and the development of orchestras, and a guide to CDs and performers. 388 illustrations, 160 in color.
This lavishly illustrated "diary" follows in detail the development of the western canon of classical music since 1600. In entries for each of these 400 years (there are multiple entries for many of them), the reader can trace the events in the European and American worlds as composers and musical forms were born, prospered, and died. Enriching the chronological text are informative inserts detailing the instruments, composers, performers, theatres, relevant politics, and musical terminology of each era. These inserts are always complete on a single page, well set, and readable. To accompany the chronology, there is a rich reference data section including biographical data on hundreds of composers, a glossary of musical terms, a timeline of musical events and a section on the development of the orchestra. This is an excellent introductory and/or supplemental reference for the student of music or music history. KLIATT Codes: JSA—Recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 1994, Norton/Thames & Hudson, 288p, illus, bibliog, index, 28cm, 94-60345, $24.95. Ages 13 to adult. Reviewer: Patricia A. Moore; Academic Resource Ctr., Emmanuel College, Boston, MA (retired) January 2001 (Vol. 35 No. 1)