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  • Series: Preston A. Wells Jr. Guide to the Major Disciplines
  • Paperback: 90 pages
  • Publisher: Intercollegiate Studies Institute (January 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933859415
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933859415
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,133,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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R. J. Stove, born in 1961 in Sydney, is a professional organist and composer in Melbourne. His previous books are Prince of Music: Palestrina and His World and The Unsleeping Eye: Secret Police and Their Victims. He is a contributing editor at the American Conservative, and his articles have appeared in Modern Age, the New Criterion, Chronicles, National Review, the National Observer (Australia), and elsewhere. He has also broadcast on Sydney and Melbourne radio.

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Music is as old as humanity itself, and to some, just may be older than that. "A Student's Guide to Music History" covers from the early middle ages and onwards, focusing on classical music's development since then. Origins of the Plainchant, differences between secular and sacred music, and origins of opera are all covered, as are intriguing portraits of many famous composers such as Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss among others. Any one with interest in the great strides of classical music over the centuries should look into "A Student's Guide to Music History", which should be in every community library music collection.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Tucker on February 26, 2008
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I've enjoyed this book so much, and give great credit to both the author and publisher. It is intelligent, charming, and incredibly informative given its size. I'm using it in a class with some young teens, and they have loved it -- even if it is a bit over their level.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Monkman on May 26, 2008
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Eurocentric it certainly is, but you will not read a more informative, judicious, concise, indeed subtly brilliant account of the masters of music than this. The publishing person who has slotted this into the 9-13 year-old age range needs to get into a different line of work. The young should certainly be encouraged to read it. But Stove weaves his most potent magic for grown-up minds. Stunning.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Olivier Goessens on January 3, 2013
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I guess a real newbie to musical history could use this introduction, but most people with the interest of buying it will already know half its content, or more.
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