Music in the Western World

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This classic anthology assembles over 200 source readings, bringing to life the history of music through letters, reviews, biographical sketches, memoirs, and other documents. Writings by composers, critics, and educators touch on virtually every aspect of Western music from ancient Greece to the present day.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Schirmer; 2 edition (May 7, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 053458599X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0534585990
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds

Customer Reviews

Four Stars

 on September 13, 2016
By Amazon Customer
Works great!

Five Stars

 on November 30, 2014
By John P Eagle
amazing resource.

Five Stars

 on May 19, 2014
By Summer Le
I like it.

a useful text

 on July 20, 2009
By D. Cotterill
I ordered this book as it is a prescribed text for my University studies next Semester. It arrived promptly and in good order. As for the content? Ask me again in 6 months time!!!

Every music teacher should read this

2 people found this helpful.
 on November 3, 2013
By Brasspiano
This is great — real letters and primary sources for music history. Actually fun to read. Feel free to throw your Grout away or at the wall!

Fine collection edited skillfully for readability & breadth

20 people found this helpful.
 on June 17, 2004
By Craig Matteson
This is a particularly fine collection of a couple of hundred readings on Western Music from the ancient Greeks to the 1980s. That is a broad span, but the editors, Weiss and Taruskin, have done a fine job and keep things moving in a lively manner. The energy and vitality of these articles holds the reader’s interest and wondering what treasure is coming next.

Highly Recommended

11 people found this helpful.
 on October 27, 2005
By A. Castor
Music for the Western World is an excellent anthology of source readings in western music history. Texts are well-chosen and entirely relevant to the period being discussed. What’s unique about this book is the breadth of issues addressed and variety of sources cited. You get to hear from all sorts of people, from composers, to critics, to philosophers, and the texts offered take the form of letters, articles, reviews, autobiographies. All is given within a clear historical context, with reference to such events as the Reformation, French Revolution, and World Wars. Interesting introductions by editors Richard Taruskin and Piero Weiss (my professor at the Peabody Conservatory) as well as pictures, diagrams, and a good glossary allow this book to go beyond being simply a textbook. Anyone with an interest in music will find it easy to understand and entirely enjoyable.

Great buy.

One person found this helpful.
 on February 28, 2014
By Jeffrey Hernandez
The documents, although open to interpretation, reflect the relationships of people in relation to music from a historical point of view. It helps you familiarize yourself with historic names on a different level.

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