?Berman here approaches the history of Western music from a refreshingly different stance: . . . His archetypal model. . .is a valuable tool that can greatly enhance one's understanding of music from all historical periods. This book is a very impressive achievement. Highly recommended.?-Choice
About the Author
LAURENCE BERMAN is a pianist and Associate Professor of Music at the University of Massachusetts in Boston, where he gives courses in the history and theory of music. His areas of academic specialization include turn-of-the-century French music as well as music aesthetics and criticism, and he has published articles on composers, most frequently Debussy, in reference books, journals, and essay collections.