ESSAYS ON MUSIC IN THE WESTERN WORLD by Oliver Strunk

ESSAYS ON MUSIC IN THE WESTERN WORLD

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Essays by the eminent musicologist on diverse themes ranging from medieval studies to stylistics and analysis, to explorations of new manuscripts. Some pieces may be groundbreaking (""Some Motet-types of the 16th Century""); others are sharp elucidations of problems in musicology (""The Historical Aspect of Musicology,"" ""Sources and Problems for Graduate Study in Musicology""). Most are far and away beyond the grasp or interest of the layman. There are some notable exceptions: ""Guglielmo Gonzaga and Palestrina's Missa""; ""Early Music Publishing in the United States""; Vergil as depicted by composers; a lucid study of Haydn. Strunk is surely a master in his field; it's unfortunate that his field is thankless.

Pub Date: Sept. 23rd, 1974
Publisher: Norton