Music in the Eighteenth Century (Western Music in Context: A Norton History)

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Eighteenth Century Music in its cultural, social, and intellectual contexts.John Rice's Music in the Eighteenth Century takes the reader on an engrossing Grand Tour of Europe's musical centers, from Naples, to London, Berlin, Vienna, Prague, and St. Petersburg —with a side trip to the colonial New World. Against the backdrop of Europe's largely peaceful division into Catholic and Protestant realms, Rice shows how "learned" and "galant" styles developed and commingled. While considering Mozart, Haydn, and early Beethoven in depth, he broadens his focus to assess the contributions of lesser-known but significant figures like Johann Adam Hiller, Francois-André Philidor, and Anna Bon.

Western Music in Context: A Norton History comprises six volumes of moderate length, each written in an engaging style by a recognized expert. Authoritative and current, the series examines music in the broadest sense—as sounds notated, performed, and heard—focusing not only on composers and works, but also on broader social and intellectual currents.

Product Details

  • Series: Western Music in Context: A Norton History
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (November 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393929183
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393929188
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds

Customer Reviews

Fabulous resource!

 on February 11, 2013
By Charis
For all you music students, undergrad or grad, this is a great book to have. Rice steers clear of strictly focusing on the “Big 3” of the 18th century/Classical Era composers (Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn) and gives a wonderful overview of the “learned” style and the “galant” style, their interaction with each other, and how they influenced the music of the 18th century.

Wonderful Addition to Materials Relating to Music in the Eighteenth Century

 on July 4, 2013
By Patricia Weis
I am always on the lookout for materials relating to all periods of music history. There haven’t been newer additions to the music of the Eighteenth Century until now, so I was excited not only to see this volume but also all of the new volumes in this series.

Very good book, informative and easy to read

 on April 8, 2013
By Pete
This book is written for students of music history as well as general music lovers. It is informative and easy to read, i.e., not to assume readers’ prior extensive knowledge. The author tells his stories in an interesting and engaging way. Highly recommended!

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