The Oxford History of Western Music: College Edition

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Based on the award-winning six-volume work by Richard Taruskin, The Oxford History of Western Music, College Edition, presents the most up-to-date and comprehensive history of Western music available.


· Offers a unique focus on the people behind music history

· Places musical works within their larger cultural, social, and political contexts, providing a compelling narrative of music history

· Covers music of all eras along with a special emphasis on the most studied works of the past 200 years

· Improves critical thinking by offering differing perspectives on how the Western musical canon developed

· Builds listening and analysis skills through comprehensive discussion of key works

· Includes helpful learning and study tools (timelines, maps, musical examples and diagrams, chapter summaries, key terms, study questions, and a glossary)

Offering a complete package for building students' understanding and appreciation of the classical canon, this groundbreaking text is also supplemented by a variety of high-quality resources:

— Instructor's Resource CD containing a computerized test bank, an Instructor's Manual, study questions, PowerPoint-based lecture slides, and links to Oxford Music Online

— A free companion website ( with chapter outlines, key terms and definitions, and suggested links; through an access code card included with the purchase of a new text, students will also gain free 18-month access to Oxford Music Online, including Grove's Dictionary of Music

— Three score anthologies* featuring scores of key works discussed in the text and introductory essays prepared by a team of expert authors; a full three-volume CD set* corresponding to the three score anthologies contains musical examples from the anthologies in high-quality MP3 format:

Oxford Anthology of Western Music
Volume One: The Earliest Notations to the Early Eighteenth Century
Edited by David J. Rothenberg and Robert R. Holzer
> V1 Print Anthology: 9780199768257
> V1 Recorded Anthology (2 CDs): 9780199768288

Oxford Anthology of Western Music
Volume Two: The Mid-Eighteenth Century to the Late Nineteenth Century
Edited by Klára Móricz and David E. Schneider
> V2 Print Anthology: 9780199768264
> V2 Recorded Anthology (3 CDs): 9780199768295

Oxford Anthology of Western Music
Volume Three: The Twentieth Century
Edited by Klára Móricz and David E. Schneider
> V3 Print Anthology: 9780199768271
> V3 Recorded Anthology (2 CDs): 9780199768301

— A concise edition of recordings* is also available on 3 CDs: 9780199768318

* Sold separately

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 1248 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; College ed. edition (January 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195097629
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195097627
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 2.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.4 pounds

Customer Reviews

A must read

4 helpful votes
 on September 8, 2013
By Musiclover
Every professional musician, music student, and music lover should read this book. It covers the music history from Gregorian Chant to our years in a simple and concise way. Each chapter features maps, scores, and charts that help the comprehension of the topic covered. Perhaps the authors spend far too many pages on American composers, but that’s the way things are done in that part of the world. It is a heavy book, and perhaps it would be best if it was sold in two volumes.

Used this book for five semester of history class, …

1 helpful vote
 on August 10, 2016
By Ruth White
Used this book for five semester of history class, it still lives, and now it has a permanent place on my bookshelf

Awesome and daunting!

1 helpful vote
 on January 22, 2014
By shmac96
Ive wanted this book ever since my theory professor brought one of the conservatory’s aged volumes on 18th and 19th century music.

Excellent Gift for a Music Major!

1 helpful vote
 on June 14, 2015
By Mawiquito
I bought this book as a present to an aspiring music historian. She loves it!

Such a comprehensive edition

1 helpful vote
 on April 6, 2014
By Hieu Nguyen
I really like this book. It is such a good textbook for a beginners. Highly recommended for anyone who want to learn about classical music.

Five Stars

1 helpful vote
 on September 9, 2015
By Tianrun Long
Just like a new one!


1 helpful vote
 on August 21, 2015
By Mitchell Green

Five Stars

1 helpful vote
 on January 4, 2015
By P Boxeur
This was required for a college course.


1 helpful vote
 on September 30, 2014
By Shuang Yang
new and nice

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