Music in Western Civilization (Available Titles Cengagenow)

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Understand music in context with MUSIC IN WESTERN CIVILIZATION! Clear and easy-to-understand, this music text provides you with the tools you need to succeed in this course. With a focus on the history of music in the wider context of Western civilization, you will see how study of music history is important to the practice and performance of music today. Numerous full-color photographs, maps, and timelines give you a sense of the place of music within the arts and humanities in the West. Class preparation is made easy with the book-specific website that contains features such as additional musical selections, a music glossary, unit resources, and more.

Product Details

  • Series: Available Titles Cengagenow
  • Hardcover: 864 pages
  • Publisher: Schirmer; 1 edition (July 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0534619622
  • ISBN-13: 978-0534619626
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.8 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds

Customer Reviews

The Best General Survey of Western Music History Ever Written!

17 people found this helpful.
 on March 26, 2006
I am a doctoral student in conducting and an avid lover of books. I purchase many books each year and am constantly in search of texts that are interesting, well-designed, well-written, and easy to understand. Craig Wright and Bryan Simms have written what I believe is the best general survey of western music history EVER! The writing is clear, engaging, and easy to understand. The book is in full-color with hundreds of maps, examples of art, architecture, pictures of composers, palaces, instruments, etc. The chapters are short and are written in such a way that the material is easily retained. Furthermore, each chapter concludes with an EXCELLENT summary and list of key terms which can be used as a self-test for recall of important facts and concepts. Finally, the book is built around a comprehensive list of pieces spanning all periods in the history of western music. The accompanying scores and CD’s are also excellent (though the CD’s can be hard to find online). The book also contains an exceptional glossary and an easy-to-use index. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in an easy-to-read, easy-to-understand history of music. It is also exceptional for use as a graduate history review text and I highly recommend it for anyone facing doctoral qualifying or comprehensive exams in history. A beautiful work – well worth the price.

Excellent Music History book

4 people found this helpful.
 on August 11, 2011
By Emma Leonhardt
This book was purchased as a required reading for a college level Music History Course I participated in. This book covers a vast range of background on music and its origins in Western Civilization. The college I attended studies this book for 3 semesters in order to best understand the material presented in it. I would highly reccommend this book for any individual considering the music field, especially the history of music. It is excellent for both students and hobbyists.

Even if I didn’t have to have it….

6 people found this helpful.
 on December 7, 2010
By Ellen Terry
I have to have this book for my Music History Classes. It is a brief, but detailed, overview of music and the culture surrounding. One of the best buys that I have made for my degree.

music history book

2 people found this helpful.
 on October 20, 2011
By Diana
On time, perfect condition, exact product I ordered. Using this book for a music history course. It is interesting and informative.

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