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History of Western Music (Regulation Edition) [[8th (eighth) Edition]] Unknown Binding – 2010


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  • Unknown Binding
  • Publisher: w Norton& Co2010 8th (eighth) Edition (2010)
  • ASIN: B004Y3ZJZ0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,857,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a must book for any who are interested in the History of Music.
Roberta L Lindsey
Once they get it figured out and clear, i will be buying, because it is good material, but this is almost like dealing with Microsoft!
James H. Waters
I needed this book for college, but I'm sure I'll still use it plenty more as a teacher.
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful By James H. Waters on January 30, 2010
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i'm just a neuropsychologist who is interested in music - very interested, but not a formal student or teacher. I've studied clarinet, piano, recorder in some detail... I got this for an overview and general grounding, and also in the hopes of being able to obtain a good deal of detail when i wanted it. for the most part it does both, but, as to the latter - depth/detail - some things are covered in great detail and others in what i would call a cursory manner, with a couple sentences. In some cases, i myself know there is much more easily available, just from my lifetime of perusing liner notes, watching PBS or listening to NPR, the occasional book, and other ways of learning about music. Of course, the editors/writers had to pick and choose, but i just think some areas are under-represented; the book is already big so there would be little downside to it being even half again bigger. Maybe i just hoped for more because i already knew what was in there. My background is admittedly uneven.

My major complaint, however, which probably should prompt even more "points" knocked off the rating, is that there are accompanying materials - the written/graphic "anthology" and the "recorded" anthology, both of which i would like to get, but they are expensive and it is VERY (!!!!) difficult to determine exactly which of each of these really goes with the 8th edition i got. Everything seems to have different editions, and there are the "lite" version (something like 6 cds) and the "complete" version (like 15 cds or something), i think of both. the reason to be sure is that in the margin there are (very helpful) indications where in the written/graphic and in the recorded anthology you can find the score (written/graphic) or music (recorded) materials that are being discussed.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Katherine on January 6, 2013
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There is a reason many musicologists still consider this text to be the definitive comprehensive text in music history. Although dry at times, this volume presents an in-depth look at the history of music. My one real criticism is that the information is not always presented chronologically -- it is sometimes presented by geographical area or by school of thought. The only problem with this is that it gives the sense of jumping around throughout history and sometimes becomes confusing in terms of figuring out a flow of what happened when. One of Burkholder's main contributions to this work was to make it correspond to the Norton Anthologies of Western Music. I highly recommend using this book in conjunction with the Norton Anthologies and Norton Recorded Anthologies. It gives a better picture by providing examples.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alpha on August 21, 2013
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It's difficult to envelop all of the HIstory of Music into one textbook. There is so much to cover, and this book not only does a pretty good job of it, but also gives you other resources to look into.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Diane Hawes on July 15, 2013
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Took for a college class--very informative. Recommended for music majors, which I am not! Good reading anyway. Interesting, with lots of explanations
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alexandre on June 19, 2013
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300 pages mores than the previous 6th edition... Amazing! Awesome content...
Good extension to my studies both at home or college.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Julie E Asta-Ferrero on April 26, 2013
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Accompanied with the Anthologies of the same title this set is great for learning about the history of music. Clear and easy to read it explains everything about the music of the times covered in this edition. Great.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Roberta L Lindsey on February 25, 2013
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J. Peter Burkholder has done the impossible. He has improved on the work of Grout. This is a must book for any who are interested in the History of Music.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Charles J. Taraboletti on June 18, 2011
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A previous (I think 6th Edition) was my music history text book at Illinois State University in 75-78. Grout seems to be THE recognized author for college music majors. Some of the reviewers seem to have missed the historic connection of the Church (read hear the Catholic Church) and most music prior to the 17th Century. Like today, there was popular song, very little of which was written down, and there was serious music (read mostly Church music here).

It's still an excellent music resource and I consult the book regularly. Get a copy.
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