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ISBN-13: 978-0534585990 ISBN-10: 053458599X Edition: 2nd

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  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 2 edition (May 7, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 053458599X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0534585990
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #404,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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We use this book as additional readings in our music history class.
Ziyong Lin
What I like about volumes of source readings is the way the writings give a better context and flavor of their time than any later writing.
Craig Matteson
Editors' introductions are extremely helpful in placing each reading in context.
Chris

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Craig Matteson HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 17, 2004
Format: Paperback
This is a particularly fine collection of a couple of hundred readings on Western Music from the ancient Greeks to the 1980s. That is a broad span, but the editors, Weiss and Taruskin, have done a fine job and keep things moving in a lively manner. The energy and vitality of these articles holds the reader's interest and wondering what treasure is coming next.
Of course, this is a perfect volume for students in courses on music history and music appreciation, but it is also a very fine book for the general reader who is interested in learning more about the history of Western Art Music ("Classical Music").
What I like about volumes of source readings is the way the writings give a better context and flavor of their time than any later writing. Yes, the editors have to provide some context for us, and the editors do make choices about what to provide to us and they are almost always in translation, but they make a valuable contribution to one's education about the matters at hand.
This is a fine collection that is edited in a skillful way for readability, breadth, and vitality. Superb job!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A. Castor on October 27, 2005
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Music for the Western World is an excellent anthology of source readings in western music history. Texts are well-chosen and entirely relevant to the period being discussed. What's unique about this book is the breadth of issues addressed and variety of sources cited. You get to hear from all sorts of people, from composers, to critics, to philosophers, and the texts offered take the form of letters, articles, reviews, autobiographies. All is given within a clear historical context, with reference to such events as the Reformation, French Revolution, and World Wars. Interesting introductions by editors Richard Taruskin and Piero Weiss (my professor at the Peabody Conservatory) as well as pictures, diagrams, and a good glossary allow this book to go beyond being simply a textbook. Anyone with an interest in music will find it easy to understand and entirely enjoyable.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amy on December 28, 2013
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I usually get annoyed seeing reviews that do not talk about the product but instead complains about the seller or shipping but I just wanted to warn others not to get the Kindle version even if it is for renting. I don't think this book was really cleared for the digital version and so more than 30 pages were omitted and left blank except for a sentence citing copyright issues.

This book is expensive for us college kids on a budget so don't go the cheap route and rent or buy the Kindle version because there's a catch!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Chris on June 21, 2003
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A fabulous collection for professors, students, and amateurs alike. More concise than others out there without sacrificing the breadth and importance of the readings. Editors' introductions are extremely helpful in placing each reading in context. A must-have for evey music lover.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ziyong Lin on February 25, 2010
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We use this book as additional readings in our music history class. The book provides letters,critiques or concert reviews at that time. It's very interesting to learn history in this way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brasspiano on November 3, 2013
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This is great -- real letters and primary sources for music history. Actually fun to read. Feel free to throw your Grout away or at the wall!
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By D on March 19, 2014
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Good book to study music history. Be careful if you need it for a class and decide to rent it because some of the readings I needed to do for class were removed from my rental for copyright purposes.
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