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Music in Western Civilization

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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 5 of 5 stars
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
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.
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.
It is a great book.If you should read one book on musicology,That is it.
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