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The History of Western Music Paperback – 17 Apr 1996


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  • Paperback: 880 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Co.; 5th Revised edition edition (17 April 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393969584
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393969580
  • Product Dimensions: 17.7 x 1.5 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,005,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Marco Bertaglia on 23 July 2007
Format: Hardcover
In my opinion, this is the best existing book on the history of western music ever published. There is a host of information, written clearly, from the ancient Greece to contemporary music. I was astonished by the quality of presentation, with continous references to recorded examples, wonderful illustrations, bits of graphs and pictures showing musical notation, etc. Not to mention the extraordinarily good, vast, reasonably-priced ancillary material. This include both online and off-line materials, and it was thanks to this book that I discovered I could download some mp3 files and also access all of Naxos music library for six months with a small additional $15. Just type "a history of western music 7e" in Google and explore what is available on the first website that comes up. If you're serious about learning the history of music, buy this book now. I can guarantee you will be happy.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 July 1999
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An excellent overview of the development of Western music from its origins in Ancient Greece to the avant garde composers of the late 20th century. In covering so much it can not possibly provide detailed information on each topic but is a good "jumping off" point to lead into more detailed work on any of the topics. This is assisted by an excellent bibliography for each section including information both on sources and details for further reading material. Essential for A-Level students and probably the same for those at degree level as a general reference.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Macavity on 22 Nov. 2013
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Great content in this book, massive help to me and my study of music history. Every music student should own a copy.

Shame that the cover is made of very flimsy card, after only using the book several times the cover became dog-eared and now refuses to sit flat. That's my only criticism.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Underwood on 21 May 2010
Format: Hardcover
As a classical musician, this book is a must have for all those essay you need to write. Not difficult to understand and very informative. It's also an extremely interesting book!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Jun. 2005
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Probably the best introduction to weatern music available. Very comprehensive and clear an absolute must.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James on 28 Nov. 2011
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A great book covering the history of western music from the earliest music to the music we have today. Highly Reccomended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MRS J SMITH on 6 Dec. 2013
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It is essential reading for my daughter's university course. It has been - and still is - very well used.
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19 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Jun. 2001
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I am an A Level music student in Leicester and I have found this book superb. It takes a detailed, concise look at the development of western music which is invaluable in my A level studies and it is also a great book for general interest and reading
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