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Norton Anthology of Western Music: Classic to Modern (Norton Anthology of Western Music Volume II Series, Volume 2) Paperback – October, 1996
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Two notes of warning: first, the book is not accompanied by any music. It contains simply the printed scores. A good choice for supplementing the two volume set, is Hannig's Concise History of Western Music with its 4 CD set. Although the CD set does not contain all music of the two volumes, it does contain a good protion of it(about 60-70%) and has a user friendly, easy to understand cross-reference system with the two volumes. Additionally, the book may offer the much needed commentary and background in some cases.
Second note of warning: as any anthology, this one, too, is merely a represenative sample. It is not a 'Greatest Hits' collection-for example you won't find Beethoven's Fifth or Ninth in it, or even the complete score of a large scale piece(i.e. Operas or Symhonies). What is included are excerpts (whole Movements for example), and shorter complete pieces (i.e. Chopin's E-flat Major Nocturne), that from the editors' perspective present a more or less complete landscape of Music from where Vol. 1 concludes and up to today. Naturally, omissions are inevitable, especially when one looks for balance. The four stars (and not five) are mainly because of the choice of scores at some points, at the choice (or omission) of composers at others, and, mainly, for the lack of more comprehensive commentaries and analyses of the pieces.