THE HERITAGE OF MUSIC by

THE HERITAGE OF MUSIC

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A clear, chronological treatment of the history of music in the Western world, this has a view to the building blocks formed by composers and movement interacting as it reviews the scene from Non-European contributions of antiquity to the present. Here are the Greeks and their modes; Gregory's chants based on the modes; the 12th & 13th centuries with an advance of notation, minstrels, troubadours and minnesingers; great figures of the 16th century; the Elizabethans in England; the headway through individual composers (all the major ones are present); 19th century romanticism and 20th century experimentation. There is a full consideration of the American contribution. With an eye to the temper of the times and an ear to the actual musical developments, this provides a remarkably balanced, full yet uncluttered over-view which reads well.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1963
Publisher: Viking