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Music in Western Civilization

4.21  ·  Rating Details  ·  34 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
The scope of the book is vast, beginning with the music of ancient Greece and ending with that of the first two decades of the twentieth century. But music is not viewed in isolation. Rather, the author presents music as one of the many arts that, taken in conjunction, form the essence of the artistic spirit of an era.
Hardcover, 1152 pages
Published August 17th 1997 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 1941)
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Feb 03, 2008 Joe rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Musician, Music Lover, Historian
Recommended to Joe by: Danny Bought it for me... thank you
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This book is a monster. It is a bible, the bible... for western music. Paul Henry Lang is the all knowing apostle whose understanding and relationship to music is intuitive and extrinsic. Each page is filled with the most intense stories and each words is so carfully chosen as to not belabor the most lucid and honest thought. His approach is unique and unmatched, unparralled... the only down fall is that the books can not reference late 20th/early 21st Century composers and musicians. His book c ...more
fathi esam
Mar 03, 2016 fathi esam rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
اوعى تسحل نفسك فى كتب أكاديمية انت متعرفش مجالها كويس ومش دارسه وخصوصا لو كمان أسلوب الكاتب مش بسيط ومعقد ونص المصطلحات انت مش عارفها وفاهمها. ..لو كنت خريج معهد الموسيقى أنصحك جدا بقرايته أما لو كنت شغوف ومهتم فقط بالموسيقى وعايز تقرأه فمنصحكش بيه لأنه ممكن يكرهك فى اكتر حاجة بتحبها
Apr 30, 2015 Dschreiber rated it did not like it
Serious musicologists may consider this a must-read, but it is not for the general reader. Lang learned English as a second language. He write correctly, but entirely without ease or grace. The prose is turgid beyond belief.
Oct 07, 2008 Reena rated it really liked it
it is a tome, but it is worth it. such eloquent writing. it has very interesting perspectives on musical development in relation to the contemporary historical developments of each time period.
Apr 05, 2012 Kalliope rated it it was amazing
Only 10 pages into the 1030 total and I am already fascinated by the account of Music during the Greek classical times. This will be a great read.
May 10, 2013 Douglaszhao rated it it was amazing
It is a great book.If you should read one book on musicology,That is it.
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Mar 27, 2016 Emy Elsaleh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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