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A beautifully composed journey through music history!

Music history is a required course for all music students. Unfortunately, the typical music history book is dry and academic, focusing on rote memorization of important composers and works. This leads many to think that the topic is boring, but bestselling author Michael Miller proves that isn’t so. This guide makes mus
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Paperback, 336 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by Alpha
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Peter Stuckings
Very enjoyable book, and practically set up to help you really understand the music styles discussed, by ending each chapter with a listening list, the songs easily found on YouTube. The author injects a little humour and personal perspective from time to time, to remind you this is a real person with a passion for music writing to you, not just a reference book.
The book covers the development of music historically, then in the modern era it steps sideways to look at the music of different geog
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JoyfulK
This is very readable. It's a good overview. I wish it had better footnotes. I particularly enjoyed the discussion of Greek influences on music that are still present today, as well as the discussion of African polyrhythms.

Sadly, as so often happens, the "History of Music" section is really a history of Western music, and music of other areas of the world is shunted off to a separate section rather than being integrated into the main narrative. This is better than if other areas weren't covered
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Laura
I am not completely through with this book and won't be for awhile- I have to return it to the library soon. I really want this book on my own bookshelf- with the CDs as well. I liked this book on music history because it was so straight forward and really enjoyable to read for a history book. It didn't over analyze the eras so you weren't bogged down in the words. You could just float through musical time. I liked that it really helped me remember all those things I learned once upon a time as ...more
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Michael Miller received a Marketing degree from Indiana University in 1980. After graduation, he worked for seven years in his family's retail business, then spent twelve years in various positions at Macmillan Publishing. In his last position as Vice President of Business Strategy, he helped guide the strategic direction for the world's largest reference publisher and influence the shape of today ...more
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