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The Early Music Revival: A History Paperback – August 20, 1996

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; New edition edition (August 20, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486291626
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486291628
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,870,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Emily L. Ferguson on January 12, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The hardcover is 1988. It's a good read, well researched and assembled, especially if you are interested in the details of the revival, but a lot has happened since 1988. The need to keep the book from becoming an encyclopedia certainly curtails much of the post Greenberg/Bagby/Leonhardt era, but the pre-WWI chapters summarize a lot of valuable and interesting historical data in a very useful way. Gobs of footnotes in the back, lots of biblio but it's presented in paragraph style making it very difficult to scan.
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This is a very informative book about the revived interest in early music. It traces the history (starting at the obvious point of Mendelsohn's Matteus) through relatively modern times, discussing people and ideas.

So far so good. However, it's important to note that this is more or less a sociological history, and it doesn't much discuss actual musical ideas. For instance, neither the word "temperament" (I was interested when people started exploring non-equal temperaments in early music) nor, even more remarkably, "vibrato" (surely a topic of great interest and the subject of much controversy in the early music movement) appear in the index.
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A useful book for my purposes as I am studying for an M.A. and I have been able to get an in depth knowledge for my subject. Well written and researched
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Format: Paperback
This guy, Harry Haskell, sure knows his music history. I suppose this book is too esoteric for some, but if you like history and music as I do, then you'll love this book. I highly recommend it.
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By et-d15 on March 29, 2016
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Well written perspective of different historical perspectives in the performance of early music.
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