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Style period history books

Traditionally, books of Western music history features musical style and individual composers. Prentice-Hall history of music series, firstly published in the 1970s, include style period histories of Western music that are in moderate lengths.

Medieval Baroque Renassiance Classical period Romantic 20th  century

Seay, Albert. 1975. Music in the medieval world.

Call no.: Music 780.902 S4

Yudkin, Jeremy. 1989. Music in medieval Europe.

Call no.: Music 780.901 Y9

         

Palisca, Claude V. 1981/1991. Baroque music.            

Call no.: Music 780.9032  P1             

 

Brown, Howard Mayer, and Louise K. Stein. 1999.   Music in the Renaissance.

Call no.: Music 780.9031 B87 m9    

 

Pauly, Reinhard G. 1973. Music in the classic period.

Call no.: Music 780.9033 P3

Pauly, Reinhard G. 2000. Music in the classic period.

Call no.: Music 780.9033 P333 m

Longyear, Rey M.1973. Nineteenth-century romanticism in music.

Call no.: Music 780.9034 L8

 

Salzman, Eric. 1974/1988 Twentieth-century music: an introduction.

Call no.: Music 780.904 S18 t

 

Another series, Norton Introduction to Music History examines each style period in depth. Each anthology consists of scores that are representative works from the period.   

Medieval Baroque Renassiance Classical period Romantic 20th  century

Hoppin, Richard H. 1978. Medieval music.               

Call no.: Music 780.902 H7

        

                                

Hill, John Walter. 2005. Baroque music: music in Western Europe, 1580-1750.            

Call no.: Music 780.9032 H64

       

                   

           

Atlas, Allan W. 1998. Renaissance music: music in Western Europe, 1400-1600.  

Call no.: Music 780.9409031 A88 r3                 

            

Downs, Philip G. 1992. Classical music: the era of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven.              

Call no.: Music 780.9033 D75 c6

                  

                  

 

Plantinga, Leon. 1984. Romantic music: a history of musical style in nineteenth-century Europe.            

Call no.: Music 780.9034 P7

           

 

Morgan, Robert P. 1991. Twentieth-century music: a history of musical style in modern Europe and America.             

Call no.: Music 780.904 M84 t9                       

                     

 

Anthology of medieval music.1978.        

Call no.: Music 780.902 A6 anthology               

                                

Anthology of Baroque music: music in Western Europe, 1580-1750. 2005.                    

Call no.: Music 780.9032 A62 H anthology                

                   

         

Anthology of Renaissance music: music in Western Europe, 1400-1600.1998.     

Call no.: Music 780.9409031 A88 a6 score

                                

Anthology of classical music.1992.                    

Call no.: Music 780.9033 A62 D7 anthology                   

                  

 

Anthology of romantic music. 1984.                   

Call no.: Music 780.9034 A62 P7 anthology              

 

Anthology of twentieth-century music. 1992.                    

Call no.:. Music 781.0904 A62 t9 anthology                       

 

Since the past decades, musicologists look at the cultural, social and historical contexts for music. Western Music in Context: A Norton History Series divide each period in a single handy book. Each anthology includes scores and analytical commentary. Use this when you want to have one specific period and its contents are cultural and social perspectives.

Medieval Baroque Renassiance Classical period Romantic 20th  century

Fassler, Margot. 2014. Music in the Medieval West.                  

Call no.: Music 780.902 F249 m98  

                             

Heller, Wendy. 2014. Music in the baroque.            

Call no.: Music 780.9032 H47                        

 

Freedman, Richard. 2013. Music in the Renaissance.     

Call no.: Music 780.9031 F85                          

 

Rice, John A. 2013. Music in the eighteenth century.              

Call no.: Music 780.9033 R49                                 

 

Frisch, Walter. 2013. Music in the nineteenth century.               

Call no.: Music 780.9034 F91                          

Auner, Joseph Henry. 2013. Music in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.             

Call no.: Music 780.904 A926 m98                       

 

Anthology for Music in the Medieval West. 2014.        

Call no.: Music 780.902 A62 F2 anthology    

     

                             

Anthology for Music in the Baroque. 2013                     

Call no.: Music 780.9032 A62 H47 anthology 

                         

 

Anthology for Music in the Renaissance.  2013    

Call no.: Music 780.9031 A62 F85 anthology

                       

 

Anthology for music in the eighteenth century. 2013                   

Call no.: Music 780.9 A62 R49 anthology                   

                                  

 

        

Anthology for Music in the Nineteenth Century. 2013                   

Call no.: Music 780.9 A62 F91 anthology 

                          

Anthology for Music in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. 2013                    

Call no.: Music 780.904 A62 anthology

                       

 

Taking a critical perspective that challenges the received wisdom of the field, Richard Taruskin sets the details of music, the chronological sweep of figures, works, and musical ideas, within the larger context of world affairs and cultural history.

Taruskin, Richard.

The Oxford History of Western Music. 

New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.

Call number: MuR 780.9 T19 o9 v.1-6

v. 1. The earliest notations to the sixteenth century

v. 2. The seventeenth and eighteenth centuries    

v. 3. The nineteenth century

v. 4. The early twentieth century

v. 5. The late twentieth century

v. 6. Resources: chronology, bibliography, master index

 

 

All style period history in one volume

 Concise history of western music - 5th edition

  • Contains illustrations, scores’ excerpts and commentary
  • Suitable for college textbook and readers who look for general information  

     Hanning, Barbara Russano, and Donald Jay Grout. 2014. 

     Concise history of western music

     New York: W.W. Norton & Company.

     Call no.: Music 780.9 H24 c7

  

 

Oxford History of Western Music: college edition, a single thick one, is based on the six-volume work by Richard Taruskin.

 

Music appreciation: Western music & world music

 Music: an appreciation.

  • Chronological approach to music history including western art music, jazz, rock, film music and non-Western music

     Kamien, Roger. 2008. 

     Music: an appreciation.

     Boston: McGraw-Hill Higher Education.

     Call no.: Music 780 K155 m9

  

 

 

The enjoyment of music: an introduction to perceptive listening

Textbook - 11th edition Anthologies - 11th edition

  

Forney, Kristine, and Joseph Machlis. 2011. The enjoyment of music: an introduction to perceptive listening. New York: W.W. Norton.

Call no.: Music 780 M14 e5

  • Inclusion of jazz, musical theatre, rock, film music, and world music
  • Color illustrations and musical examples

  

Forney, Kristine, and Roger Hickman. 2011. The Norton scores: a study anthology. New York: W.W. Norton.

Call no.: Music 780.82 N88 F7 v.1-2 anthology

Volume 1: Gregorian chant to Beethoven

Volume 2: Schubert to the present

 

Music appreciation, emphasizing on an active-listening approach: Western & non-Western musical cultures

  • This approach introduce students to the art of focused listening, to guide them through important musical works and cultivate listening skills
  • Images and historical and cultural background to appreciate the styles and traditions of music 
  • Examples of Western and non-Western works

 

Listen

  • Western arts music

      Kerman, Joseph, Gary Tomlinson, and Vivian Kerman. 2012. 

      Listen.  

      Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's.

      Call no.: Music 781.17 K39 + DVD

 

 

 

Listening to music

  • Western arts music in a chronological order; popular music, and music of the Far East, Africa, the Latin America
  • Fundamental musical elements: melody, rhythm, harmony, form

     Wright, Craig M. 2011. 

     Listening to music.

     Boston, MA: Schirmer/Cengage Learning.

     Call no.: Music 781.17 W94 l7 + CD

 

 

 

 Music in our world: an active-listening approach

  • Using elements of music, i.e. rhythm, meter, melody, harmony, etc, to develop active-listening skills and explore features of master works

     White, Gary C., David Stuart, and Elyn Aviva. 2001. 

     Music in our world: an active-listening approach.

     Boston: McGraw Hill.

     Call no.: Music 781.17 W58 m9 + CD

 

 

 

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