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Norton Anthology of Western Music: Volume 1: Ancient to Baroque 5th Edition
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If you're looking to learn something about music written before 1800, stay away from these kinds of surveys and point yourself in the direction of books focused more on particular subject areas -- for example, James Anthony's book on French Baroque music and Gary Tomlinson's book "Monteverdi and the End of the Renaissance" provide lucid breakdowns for those new to these genres, as well as those who already have some background in the subject matter.
There are a few books that are even more general than those I mentioned above but that still provide a clear outline of music from paricular eras. For example, Richard Hoppin's "Medieval Music" and the accompanying "Anthology of Medieval Music" is a fine place to begin a study of this period. Alan Atlas' "Renaissance Music: Music in Western Europe, 1400-1600", and Howard Mayer Brown's "Music in the Renaissance" (2nd Edition) are excellent surveys of the music of that period. For Baroque music, Claude Palisca's "Baroque Music" (3rd Edition) is a good primer, as is Manfred F. Bukofzer's "Music in the Baroque Era, from Monteverdi to Bach.Read more ›
The anthology strives to give textbook examples of certain genres, forms, etc. and even ones that don't follow such rules that I HOPE are explained by an instructor. The reason they do that is so students don't leave the class thinking every piece fall neatly into rules. It's only big schools (who more than likely have a graduate program like I'm in) that can afford to offer classes that can focus on narrower time periods. It was only until I was in grad school that I could take a semester class that just focused on the Baroque; Just 150 years were studied in one semester and even then things were left out. For a comprehensive reference for music history, this is a great anthology.
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This is a great product, exactly what the description states. I am satisfied with my purchase. I would highly recommend it.Published on June 24, 2013 by Adriana
But i will live i was missing acouple of sections but luckly we didn't read from the book too much still i wish i had got the proper edition.Published on December 29, 2012 by SheAngel
Good, comprehensive work of pieces in that era. I like that they include original notation an language as well as a modern translation.Published on September 23, 2011 by Lillibet
Norton Anthology of Western Music: Volume 1: Ancient to Baroque
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The book was in great condiditon. It is put together well with great description, both theoretical and musical, about each piece.Published on October 9, 2008 by N. Daley
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