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This book was published in 1956 (I picked it up used and cheap at Powell's), and it does show its age: the introductions to each section suffer a bit from both the great man and developmental progression approaches to music history, and no women are included anywhere. However, many of the excerpts were quite interesting and also served to point me in the direction of other books I might like to read. I was particularly interested in the way certain themes kept recurring across eras and styles: ...more