Western music from the earliest Greek and Roman sources up to the present is scrutinized in this carefully compiled history. The authors not only describe in detail the technical developments in composition, but clearly articulate the philosophic currents of the varying times in relation to the musical conceptions of composers. Also, wherever it is possible they not only describe forms, they display them. Distinct from other extant musical histories, the strength of The Art of Music lies in its integration of musical ideas with philosophical, political, religious, literary, and psychological theory. A staple for music school and college libraries and for readers with a more than passive interest in the subject.