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A Student's Guide to Music History

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R. J. Stove’s A Student’s Guide to Music History is a concise account, written for the intelligent lay reader, of classical music’s development from the early Middle Ages onwards. Beginning with a discussion of Hildegard von Bingen, a twelfth-century German nun and composer, and the origins of plainchant, Stove’s narrative recounts the rise (and ever-increasing complexity) ...more
Paperback, 135 pages
Published 2007 by Intercollegiate Studies Institute
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Elizabeth
Dec 08, 2015 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
This is a most enjoyable collective biography and introduction to the world of European, Russian and even American classical music.

The book is one long narrative that gracefully and effortlessly flows telling the story of music from Hildegard of Bingen, the German nun living in the twelfth century, to post-WWII in America. It also contains a very trusty glossary which I found myself consulting quite often.

R.J. Stove brings all the main characters in the history of music to life and I both sympat
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Wilbur
Aug 25, 2014 Wilbur rated it really liked it
Concise a to the point. A good summary.
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Oct 22, 2010 Steve rated it really liked it
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Really liked this short summary, a musical history. A good overview of the main characters and trends.
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