In this astute exploration of the history and development of music, the author has sought to relate each innovation in style, form and content to the era and society in which it was born. From ancient music to modern atonalism, Dr. Young explains how western music mirrored social, religious and political phenomena. The famous composers, their fortes and philosophies are a natural part of the story. The reader is guided from Medieval times through the Renaissance, Romanticism, Impressionism and the ""age of anxiety"" by a perceptive and clever teacher. Christianity gave rise to music that reflected the faith, the Renaissance of the flowering of secular music and new forms-the madrigal, ballet, opera. The growth of Romanticism, music to tell a story, Russian music, folk music are each in turn integrated within the context of civilization. Reginald H. Haggar has illustrated this excellent survey for music lovers everywhere.