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The definitive collection of great writings on music from ancient Greece through the twentieth century. Forty-five years after the appearance of the first edition, Oliver Strunk's monumental anthology of writings about music has been thoroughly revised and extended by a team of scholars working under the direction of musicologist Leo Treitler. For this new edition, seven specialists in music history have replaced some selections, added others, contributed new translations, and provided additional notes and introductions. An entire new section, covering the twentieth century, significantly enlarges the book's scope. Readers can now acquire a comprehensive picture of Western musical thought and ideas through the ages.
Hardcover: 1576 pages
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (April 17, 1998)
Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 2.5 x 9.6 inches
Shipping Weight: 4.5 pounds
A Visual Artist’s Review
7 people found this helpful.
on April 23, 2008
By Jokie X Wilson
I am a visual artist with a great appreciation for music. Over the years, I have had many questions about music, why it was done this way or that, why some people felt something wasn’t music that others did, and the like. I generally listen to music while I paint and draw. I am educated in visual art making, history, and aesthetics. I wanted a book that would answer my questions and in the voices of the composers, critics, philosophers, performers, and others of the periods in question. I wanted something not too technical, something that explained the whys and why nots. I wanted a book like the Art in Theory series, but about music. This is that book!
on November 16, 2014
By José Rafael Iguina-Monrouzeau
Very good condition. No markings.
Great collection of primary sources in music history
on December 28, 2012
A great firsthand perspective on music history – filled with primary sources. Several excerpts were used in my graduate music history course.
on March 6, 2016
By Amazon Customer
Very useful book for Music History and History of Music Theory. Great binding. No problems with it at all.
Great source of knowledge
on October 11, 2014
Amazing book! It’s helping me in my Music History course and will read it after!
4 people found this helpful.
on January 11, 2007
By James Cockroft
This is an excellent compendium of music philosophy from ancient times through the 20th century. The selections are grouped into large sections covering individual periods, and the sections are subdivided into subsections covering various movements. Each section opens with a helpful introduction that clarifies the material to follow, and most of the selections are complete. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in the development of orchestral music and aural philosophy.
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