The Oxford History of Western Music

The Oxford History of Western Music

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The universally acclaimed and award-winning Oxford History of Western Music is a magisterial five-volume survey of the traditions of Western music by one of the most prominent and provocative musicologists of our time, Richard Taruskin.Now this renowned work is available in paperback--both as a set and (for the first time) individually. This volume examines the music of the late twentieth century, ranging from Milton Babbitt and Edgard Varese to Steven Reich and Philip Glass . Taking a critical perspective, Taruskin sets thedetails of music, the chronological sweep of figures, works, and musical ideas, within the larger context of world affairs and cultural history. He combines an emphasis on structure and form with a discussion of relevant theoretical concepts in each age, to illustrate how the music itself works, andhow contemporaries heard and understood it. He also describes how the context of each stylistic period - key cultural, historical, social, economic, and scientific events - influenced and directed compositional choices.Attractively illustrated and laced with brilliant observations, memorable musical analysis, and a panoramic sense of the interactions between history, culture, politics, art, literature, religion, and music, this volume is essential reading for anyone who wishes to understand twentieth-centurymusic.
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010.
ISBN: 9780195384857
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Characteristics: 5 v. : ill., music, facsims. ; 26 cm.
Additional Contributors: Oxford University Press
Alternative Title: History of western music

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