A History of Music in Western Culture

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 701 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall; 2nd edition (March 20, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131931040
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131931046
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.6 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds

Customer Reviews

A Great Music History Book

10 people found this helpful.
 on June 24, 2007
By ELH
This is one of the new breed of general music history texts to hit the market in the past decade. Correcting many of the errors made by the Grout and vastly more readable, this text is filled with unique side bars, charts, lists, photographs, time lines, etc. I keep one copy of this at home and one at the office along with Craig Wright and Bryan Simms’ Music in Western Civilization (which is my all-time favorite music history text). If you only want to buy one book (and this is not required for a class), purchase the Wright/Simms. If you don’t mind spending the extra money, I would purchase the Bonds and the Wright/Simms as a superb addition to any professional musician’s library.

A good edition book

 on October 14, 2012
By kangyi Liu
Our music history instructor recommend us to buy the 3rd Edition for this book but I find it is not many differences between 2nd and 3rd.

Good textbook on music history.

One person found this helpful.
 on September 9, 2012
By Greg Michaels
This was the required textbook for my music history class. It does a good job covering everything without being too drab. There are plenty of composer bios, etc. to break up the text.

Saved money.

2 people found this helpful.
 on February 28, 2010
By Jesse A. Benson
I bought this edition instead of the newest edition. As a result, I paid ten dollars instead of nearly eighty. I win. Very little has changed between the two editions. Music history is not exactly one of those things that gets completely rewritten in five years. Seller was very prompt in shipping, book arrived in the same condition in which it was listed. Very satisfied with the purchase.

Detailed HIstory Text Book

 on September 23, 2008
By Brandon Saucier
This text book is a really good one. It has a huge amount of information and lots of interesting points and obscure details. The text is accompanied by a lot of full color pictures of composers, manuscripts, maps, and lots of other things. The only issue I had with it was to extremely close look at the music theory part of the history. Half of the book is about the notes that the composers used.

2006 version

13 people found this helpful.
 on October 8, 2005
By Gary Galvan
As a general history intended for the academic market, Bonds’s contribution ranks as a formidable contender with K Stolba’s and Grout/Palisca’s works. Visually appealing with many period paintings, illustrations and tables in color, the book also entertains with well-written text which illuminates the cultural context of developing genres.

One of the best overall sources of it’s kind

2 people found this helpful.
 on December 27, 2007
By Priscilla Stilwell
For information and a clear perspective on Western European (and American) music history, there is not much better. Bonds prefaces each section or era with a “prelude”, providing information on the general history of that era outside of the musical world. Then, we see how everything moves together. The overall assessment of Western European Music History is covered meticulously from the Ancients to modern day (or nearly so).

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