Music in the Nineteenth Century: The Oxford History of Western Music

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The universally acclaimed and award-winning Oxford History of Western Music is the eminent musicologist Richard Taruskin's provocative, erudite telling of the story of Western music from its earliest days to the present. Each book in this superlative five-volume set illuminates-through a representative sampling of masterworks-the themes, styles, and currents that give shape and direction to a significant period in the history of Western music.

In Music in the Nineteenth Century , Richard Taruskin offers a panoramic tour of this magnificent century in the history music. Major themes addressed in this book include the romantic transformation of opera, Franz Schubert and the German lied, the rise of virtuosos such as Paganini and Liszt, the twin giants of nineteenth-century opera, Richard Wagner and Giuseppe Verdi, the lyric dramas of Bizet and Puccini, and the revival of the symphony by Brahms. Laced with brilliant observations, memorable musical analysis, and a panoramic sense of the interactions between history, culture, politics, art, literature, religion, and music, this book will be essential reading for anyone who wishes to understand this rich and diverse period.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 928 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (July 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195384830
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195384833
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 2.4 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds

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Outstanding music criticism and analysis.

9 people found this helpful.
 on February 1, 2011
By martin fritter
The Taruskin books are famous in certain circles. Written for an academic audience, one supposes, they are demanding without being difficult. They are also extensively illustrated with many examples from the scores. Getting the most out of them assumes a certain amount of music theory, the ability to read a score or at least the ability to work through one on the keyboard. Still, many of the pieces analysed are very well known so if you know your Tristan or Brahms 1st you can follow what he’s saying.

Erudite writing, but excellent and useful content!

One person found this helpful.
 on July 19, 2015
By Eron Smith
This book is really helpful and covers a lot of material. If you’re interested in nineteenth-century music or looking for a more in-depth scholarly introduction to this revolutionary century in music, Taruskin’s book is fantastic. Small quibbles: His writing can sometimes be overbearingly erudite, and he uses “air quotes” in excess on almost “every” page.

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