Oxford History of Western Music, Volumes 1-5

Oxford History of Western Music, Volumes 1-5

Richard Taruskin


The universally acclaimed and award-winning Oxford historical past of Western track through the most famous and provocative musicologists of our time, Richard Taruskin. Now in hardcover, the set has been reconstructed to be on hand for the 1st time as person books, every one taking up a severe period of time within the background of western song. All 5 books also are being provided in a decrease wrapped set for a reduced expense. each one ebook during this impressive set illuminates - via a consultant sampling of masterworks - these topics, kinds, and currents that supply form and path to every musical age. The 5 titles hide Western song from its earliest days to the 16th century, the 17th and eighteenth century, the 19th century, the early 20th century, and the overdue 20th century. Taking a serious point of view, Taruskin units the main points of tune, the chronological sweep of figures, works, and musical rules, in the higher context of worldwide affairs and cultural heritage. He combines an emphasis on constitution and shape with a dialogue of correct theoretical recommendations in each one age, to demonstrate how the track itself works, and the way contemporaries heard and understood it. He additionally describes how the context of every stylistic interval - key cultural, old, social, financial, and clinical occasions - stimulated and directed compositional offerings. in addition, the 5 books are full of worthwhile illustrations that increase the ancient context of musical composition, in addition to musical examples, black-and-white photos all through, feedback for additional interpreting, and indexes. Laced with fantastic observations, memorable musical research, and a breathtaking feel of the interactions among historical past, tradition, politics, paintings, literature, faith, and song, those books may be crucial analyzing for an individual who needs to appreciate this wealthy and numerous tradition.

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