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Oxford History of Western Music: (5 Vol set)  

This is a set of 5 volumes and almost 4000 pages covering every aspect of Western music by one of the most prominent and provocative musicologists of today, Richard Taruskin. He has received universal acclaim and numerous awards for this work and is extraordinarily good value for what some have describes as the book of the decade. Essential reading for anyone wishing to understand the rich diversity of Western music, it begins with the invention of musical notation more than a thousand years ago and covers structure and form in music through the ages and how the music was perceived in its own time. Each stylistic musical period is described in the context of historical, social, economic and scientific events and we see how these influenced the composition of music.

 

A Concise History of Western Music  

This story of western music and of its composers provides an enticing introduction to students and uses a minimum of technical terms. Informative and clearly written, it describes how muic has evolved through the ages and provides a foundation upon which ones musical knowledge can be built.

 

A History of Western Music  

Focusing on the most influential, significant and enduring musical works ,styles,genres and ideas this book covers a wide range of music from sacred to secular and from serious to comical, from Europe to the Americas.In its 8th edition Peter Burkholder has refined tha narrative to appeal to a new generation of students and this book is an essential read for A level students or anyone wishing to increase their overall knowledge of the history of western music.

 

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