Norton Anthology of Western Music (Sixth Edition) (Vol. 1: Ancient to Baroque)

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This comprehensive collection of 205 scores illustrates every significant trend and genre of Western music from antiquity to modern times. Highlights of the repertoire include new works from all periods: more contrasting virelais, ballades, and other chansons from the fourteenth through the sixteenth centuries; large-scale choral works, including Gabrieli’s In ecclesiis, Lully’s Te Deum, Haydn’s Creation, and Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky; more opera, including Norma, Les Huguenots, and Madama Butterfly; orchestral and chamber works by Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Dvorák, and Tchaikovsky; and new twentieth-century works by Satie, Bartók, Milhaud, Prokofiev, Varese, Hindemith, Cowell, Cage, Feldman, Stockhausen, Boulez, Berio, Reich, Adams, Ligeti, Schnittke, and Michael Daugherty.

Product Details

  • Series: Norton Anthology
  • Spiral-bound: 816 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 6 edition (February 2, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393931269
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393931266
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.2 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds

Customer Reviews

The Bible of Music History

7 people found this helpful.
 on January 14, 2012
By lexiconductor_91
Memorize this book. Dense but clear presentation of music history from the beginning of time up through the 20th century. It’s considered the study guide for entrance exams to graduate schools of music.

Must-have for music students.

One person found this helpful.
 on January 6, 2013
By Katherine
These anthologies are breathtakingly expensive, but they are important to any music education because they are thoroughly comprehensive. Rather than provide a history of music, these recordings explain principles and ideas in a concrete way and present examples.

Fantastic resource

 on December 21, 2012
By Nick
Chances are if you’re using this book, you’re in a music history course. This book does an excellent job with all the music presented, and makes sure that everything is laid out in an interesting way. I found myself spending time just flipping through it and listening to the various pieces. Definitely the gold standard.

Good presentation and content

One person found this helpful.
 on May 6, 2013
By LauGA
The analysis at the he end of the pieces is helpful and not complicated.for the average music student. It’s commonly assigned.

Excellent Text

 on December 24, 2012
By Marco Zaragoza
This book gave me very precise information regarding the early beginning of chant music and the texts that accompanied the pieces.

These are fantastic music textbooks to work with and they are nearly …

 on December 4, 2015
By Alpha
These are fantastic music textbooks to work with and they are nearly perfect in combination with their other Norton music books.


 on November 18, 2012
By begoldn
This was a good purchase as it saved me money. The book was used in my history class, and I used it for a couple of semesters

Great Information!

 on July 15, 2013
By Diane Hawes
good for learning the history of music–I took for a course at school. You can learn a lot if you study.

Nothing objectively wrong with it…

 on December 18, 2015
By António da Costa
Needed it for a class. Serves its purpose well. Chronicles all necessary composers and their works.

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