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Oxford History of Western Music: 6-Volume Set

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The Oxford History of Western Music is a magisterial survey of the traditions of Western music by one of the most prominent and provocative musicologists of our time. This text illuminates, through a representative sampling of masterworks, those themes, styles, and currents that give shape and direction to each musical age. Taking a critical perspective, this text sets the ...more
Hardcover, 4272 pages
Published January 6th 2005 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 2005)
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Stephen
Jul 05, 2009 marked it as to-read
may never get to read all this, but music is so fascinating to me.
Marina
Nov 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I just read the most part of the third volume for a project I had to do about Nationalism in Music. It was very helpful!! I really enjoyed reading it. I will definitely read the rest of the volumes when I have more time!
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This set of reference books is very highly acclaimed. Taruskin emphasizes both the context behind stylistic periods of music, and the theoretical musical concepts of each period. The five volumes cover Western music from the beginnings of Western musical notation up to the late twentieth century.
Lufan
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: musicology
This is book is extraordinary, beyond so many models of writing music history. It really puts music in a multiple layered context. The music analysis is also insightful and interesting
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There's like two or three readymade PhD theses in doing a sentence-by-sentence correction of this.
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