Student's Guide to Music History, A Kindle ☆ Guide

Student's Guide to Music History, A Kindle ☆ Guide

7 thoughts on “Student's Guide to Music History, A

  1. Diego Palomino Diego Palomino says:

    Informative funConcise yet full of interesting facts A good introduction to composers and classical music as a whole My only criticism is for the author who clearly makes his politics known in a book that has nothing to do with that

  2. Nathan Albright Nathan Albright says:

    Although I deeply love music history I must admit I read few books on it 1  It is especially rare for me to read books on music history that attempt to cover the subject in a large span rather than dealing with artists or artistic movements individually  This book is written with an ambitious scope but the author is well aware of his limitations as an author not least the fact that he admits that he is unable to focus on as many non western and non classical artists as he would wish  Even with these limitations though the author does a good job at putting musicians within a larger historical context that recognizes the influences between them and that also encourages this reader at least to do a lot listening to some obscure composers that I am not familiar with  I think that alone makes this book a stellar success as this book does a good job at aiding the reader in appreciating a long history of good music and not only a few of the better known composers but very obscure ones who deserve to be better knownThe author spends than 100 pages writing about music history here even with its limitations of mostly European and North American composers and those who became famous before World War II within the classical world  As might be imagined the author spends a great deal of his time talking about the history of music by looking at those who made good music  After a short preface the author discusses the beginnings of music to 1600 pointing out that we simply do not know a great deal about the music notations and therefore the sounds of a great deal of music for the vast majority of human history  After this there is a discussion of music history from the Gabrielis and Monteverdi to Bach and Handel dealing with the baroue era  After this comes a look at bluck and Bach's sons to Beethoven and Schubert covering the classical period  A chapter follows looking at music history from Weber and Rossini to Wagner and Verdi and then one from Brahms and Bruckner to Sibelius and Stravinsky  After this there is a look at music history in the interwar period and then a short epilogue of the mostly sad state of classical music since 1945 before a helpful glossary and bibliographyWhen looked at completely it can be said that the author at least covers European and North American classical music as thoroughly as possible and provides people with the sort of music they are likely to enjoy  Whether we are dealing with Gregorian chants or motets or operas or symphonies or concerti grossi there is a lot to appreciate here  Even though a great deal of music that we happen to know about has been lost there are still at least a few pieces that are good enough to be on the repertoire that are not too widely known yet and so this particular book ought to be something consulted by classical musicians who wish to perform music that is both worthwhile and sufficiently obscure to draw some interest from those who may have been a bit fatigued by hearing the same few pieces over and over again not that these pieces are themselves bad  This book gives readers insight into a larger world of classical music than most are likely to be familiar with with the hopes of having them listen to and perhaps even play than they are used to and that can only be a good thing1 But see for example

  3. Rachel Rachel says:

    Mostly biographical which worked for me since it basically meant I found out a bunch of weird shit about the lives of composers whose music I grew up playing and now want to go listen to their stuff again in light of what I now know The sudden political asides apropos of nothing were annoying though

  4. Elizabeth Elizabeth says:

    This is a most enjoyable collective biography and introduction to the world of European Russian and even American classical musicThe 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 uite oftenRJ Stove brings all the main characters in the history of music to life and I both sympathized with them and chuckled at them in turn Stove's brief biographical sketches are full of witticisms subtle commentary and so many interesting random facts and tidbits such as that Vivaldi had red hair and was called The Red Priest because of his hairHistorical context is always given and Stove also takes time to elouently refute the damage that Hollywood has done to our impressions of these greats such as MozartI have a love for classical music but before reading this book I admit that I only had a little knowledge about the composers and the history but I feel so much better informed after having read this gem

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  6. Wilbur Wilbur says:

    Concise a to the point A good summary

  7. Steve Steve says:

    Really liked this short summary a musical history A good overview of the main characters and trends

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Student's Guide to Music History, A ❰Read❯ ➪ Student's Guide to Music History, A Author R.J. Stove – 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 di to Music MOBI ô 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 Student's Guide eBook ´ development from the early Middle Ages onwards Beginning with a discussion of Hildegard von Bingen a twelfth century German nun and composer and Guide to Music Epub Ý the origins of plainchant Stove’s narrative recounts the rise and ever increasing complexity of harmony during the medieval world the differences between secular and sacred music the glories of the contrapuntal style and the origins of opera Stove then relates the achievements of the high baroue period the very different idioms that prevailed during the late eighteenth century and the emergence of Romanticism with its emphasis upon the artist hero With the late nineteenth century came a growing emphasis on musical patriotism writes Stove especially in Spain Hungary Russia Bohemia Norway Denmark Finland and the United States A final section discusses the trends that have characterized music since  Stove’s guide also singles out eminent composers for special coverage including Palestrina Monteverdi Handel Bach Haydn Mozart Beethoven Schubert Wagner Verdi Brahms Debussy Richard Strauss Sibelius and Messiaen As a brief orientation to the history and countours of classical music A Student’s Guide to Music History is an unparalleled resource.