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Studying Music History: Learning, Reasoning, and Writing About Music History and Literature (2nd Edition) Paperback – August 17, 1995

ISBN-13: 978-0131902244 ISBN-10: 0131902245 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 2 edition (August 17, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131902245
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131902244
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #363,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Studying Music History: Learning, Reasoning, and Writing About Music History and Literature: Second Edition develops a thorough knowledge of genres, composers and compositions, as well as skills for organizing, assimilating, applying and writing using this knowledge.

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Studying Music History: Learning, Reasoning and Writing About Music History and Literature: Second Edition develops a thorough knowledge of genres, composers and compositions, as well as skills for organizing, assimilating, applying and writing using this knowledge. The text maintains a strict three-fold emphasis that includes (1) a systematic approach to the data of music history and literature, (2) identification and interpretation of unidentified music samples and excerpts from several kinds of historical documents, and (3) properly written expression of musical knowledge and judgment through small-scale writing projects.

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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 10, 2000
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As a music graduate student, I don't think I would have passed my oral or qualifying exams if not for this book. Poultney takes the major details of the major musical periods and boils them down to broad strokes. If you've studied a lot of music history but need a way to pull it all together, this book is a great tool.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By J. Lindberg on August 8, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent review and condensation of Western Music History. I recommend it in particular for:

1. Master's students preparing for music history placement tests.

2. Doctoral students in music, preparing for comprehensive exams.

3. Any music teacher who would like a concise description of musical styles, in a more condensed format that traditional music history books (such as those by Grout or Stolba).

I would not recommend it for anyone studying the History of Music for the first time.
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A fantastic resource for anyone who wants a concise history of music. I purchased this book to prepare for DMA comprehensive exams and it worked fantastically. Poultney manages to boil down the past 1000 years into major composers, genres, compositions. for each period of Western Music History. The price is very high but it was worth it to me. I plan to use this book for quite some time.
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By Jennifer Gellar on October 1, 2013
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This book is a must have book for anyone who is studying music history or anyone who is interested in music history!
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