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  • Hardcover: 986 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 8Rev Ed edition (3 Mar 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393931250
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393931259
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 0.4 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 597,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lmpd on 15 Feb 2012
Format: Hardcover
Updated version of the resource we depended upon, studying music at university in the 70's. Bought for daughter off to study for music degree last year and she has found it equally useful. Lovely modern design and layout, it improves with each new updated edition. Will be buying another to use with our A level students
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful
good but a little uneven and confusing 31 Jan 2010
By James H. Waters - Published on
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i'm just a neuropsychologist who is interested in music - very interested, but not a formal student or teacher. I've studied clarinet, piano, recorder in some detail... I got this for an overview and general grounding, and also in the hopes of being able to obtain a good deal of detail when i wanted it. for the most part it does both, but, as to the latter - depth/detail - some things are covered in great detail and others in what i would call a cursory manner, with a couple sentences. In some cases, i myself know there is much more easily available, just from my lifetime of perusing liner notes, watching PBS or listening to NPR, the occasional book, and other ways of learning about music. Of course, the editors/writers had to pick and choose, but i just think some areas are under-represented; the book is already big so there would be little downside to it being even half again bigger. Maybe i just hoped for more because i already knew what was in there. My background is admittedly uneven.

My major complaint, however, which probably should prompt even more "points" knocked off the rating, is that there are accompanying materials - the written/graphic "anthology" and the "recorded" anthology, both of which i would like to get, but they are expensive and it is VERY (!!!!) difficult to determine exactly which of each of these really goes with the 8th edition i got. Everything seems to have different editions, and there are the "lite" version (something like 6 cds) and the "complete" version (like 15 cds or something), i think of both. the reason to be sure is that in the margin there are (very helpful) indications where in the written/graphic and in the recorded anthology you can find the score (written/graphic) or music (recorded) materials that are being discussed. If you pick a certain instance of this, then try to go where you might order the written or recorded anthology - guess what! - you do not immediately find anything that looks right. Not to mention that i believe on the Norton site the current edition of the history itself is - or was last month - the 7th edition. I just don't see the reason for all this chaos and confusion. Once they get it figured out and clear, i will be buying, because it is good material, but this is almost like dealing with Microsoft! Why not say, 8th edition history goes with 5th edition "lite" cds, or something - in a chart?

If someone actually has found out what to buy, or somehow bought the right thing by chance, you are probably giving this 5 stars (because i'm sure it's great), and probably you think i am nuts. If so, how about tipping me off - what are the specifics (name and edition#) for the complete written and recorded anthologies that go with the book, 8th edition?

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Clear, comprehensive work. 6 Jan 2013
By Katherine - Published on
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There is a reason many musicologists still consider this text to be the definitive comprehensive text in music history. Although dry at times, this volume presents an in-depth look at the history of music. My one real criticism is that the information is not always presented chronologically -- it is sometimes presented by geographical area or by school of thought. The only problem with this is that it gives the sense of jumping around throughout history and sometimes becomes confusing in terms of figuring out a flow of what happened when. One of Burkholder's main contributions to this work was to make it correspond to the Norton Anthologies of Western Music. I highly recommend using this book in conjunction with the Norton Anthologies and Norton Recorded Anthologies. It gives a better picture by providing examples.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Good 22 Aug 2013
By Alpha - Published on
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It's difficult to envelop all of the HIstory of Music into one textbook. There is so much to cover, and this book not only does a pretty good job of it, but also gives you other resources to look into.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Alot of Info 15 July 2013
By Diane Hawes - Published on
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Took for a college class--very informative. Recommended for music majors, which I am not! Good reading anyway. Interesting, with lots of explanations
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The new edition is killer 19 Jun 2013
By Alexandre - Published on
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300 pages mores than the previous 6th edition... Amazing! Awesome content...
Good extension to my studies both at home or college.
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