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A History of Western Music Hardcover + Digital Product License Key Folder with Total Access Registration Card, 10th Edition

  • J. Peter Burkholder
  • Donald Jay Grout
  • Claude V. Palisca
  • ISBN-10: 0393668177
  • ISBN-13: 9780393668179
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  • COPYRIGHT: 2019 Published
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The definitive history of Western Music

The definitive survey, combining current scholarship with a vibrant narrative. Carefully informed by feedback from dozens of scholars, it remains the book that students and teachers trust to explain what’s important, where it fits, and why it matters. Peter Burkholder weaves a compelling story of people, their choices, and the western musical tradition that emerged. From chant to hip-hop, he connects past to present to create a context for tomorrow’s musicians.


  • WHAT’S IMPORTANT, WHERE IT FITS, WHY IT MATTERS, AND WHO CARES. The book and anthology traverse more than 1000 years of history, music, and musicians. The focus throughout is on understanding the connections between music and its context--whether musical, cultural, or historical. Students learn to apply this knowledge to music they hear, play, or study today.

  • CUTTING-EDGE SCHOLARSHIP MADE ACCESSIBLE FOR UNDERGRADUATES Expert reviewers pored over every chapter to provide detailed recommendations for the revision. Peter Burkholder carefully sifted through these reviews, adapting and integrating suggestions to fit within his clear narrative – always mindful that he is addressing undergraduate readers. Every chapter in the book reflects this process in ways both great and small.

Table of Contents

Part One: The Ancient and Medieval Worlds
Chapter 1: Music in Antiquity
Chapter 2: The Christian Church in the First Millennium
Chapter 3: Roman Liturgy and Chant
Chapter 4: Song and Dance Music to 1300
Chapter 5: Polyphony through the Thirteenth Century
Chapter 6: New Developments in the Fourteenth Century

Part Two: The Renaissance
Chapter 7: Music and the Renaissance
Chapter 8: England and Burgundy in the Fifteenth Century
Chapter 9: Franco-Flemish Composers, 1450–1520
Chapter 10: Madrigal and Secular Song in the Sixteenth Century
Chapter 11: Sacred Music in the Era of the Reformation
Chapter 12: The Rise of Instrumental Music

Part Three: The Seventeeth Century
Chapter 13: New Styles in the Seventeenth Century
Chapter 14: The Invention of Opera
Chapter 15: Music for Chamber and Church in the Early Seventeenth Century
Chapter 16: France, England, Spain, and the New World in the Seventeenth Century
Chapter 17: Italy and Germany in the Late Seventh Century

Part Four: The Eighteenth Century
Chapter 18: The Early Eighteenth Century in Italy and France
Chapter 19: German Composers of the Late Baroque
Chapter 20: Musical Taste and Style in the Enlightenment
Chapter 21: Opera and Vocal Music in the Early Classic Period
Chapter 22: Instrumental Music: Sonata, Symphony, and Concerto
Chapter 23: Classical Music in the Late Eighteenth Century

Part Five: The Nineteenth Century
Chapter 24: Revolution and Change
Chapter 25: The Romantic Generation: Song and Piano Music
Chapter 26: Romanticism in Classic Forms: Orchestral, Chamber, and Choral Music
Chapter 27: Romantic Opera and Musical Theater to Midcentury
Chapter 28: Opera and Musical Theater in the Later Nineteenth Century
Chapter 29: Late Romanticism in Germany and Austria
Chapter 30: Diverging Traditions in the Later Nineteenth Century

Part Six: The Twentieth Century and After
Chapter 31: The Early Twentieth Century: Vernacular Music
Chapter 32: The Early Twentieth Century: The Classical Tradition
Chapter 33: Radical Modernists
Chapter 34: Between the World Wars: Jazz and Popular Music
Chapter 35: Between the World Wars: The Classical Tradition
Chapter 36: Postwar Crosscurrents
Chapter 37: Postwar Heirs to the Classical Tradition
Chapter 38: The End of the Millennium
Chapter 39: Music in the Twenty-First Century

New to this edition

  • THE ANTHOLOGY OFFERS 229 COMPELLING WORKS SUPPORTED BY THE PEDAGOGY STUDENTS NEED. This companion anthology in three volumes provides the scores for every major work discussed in the text. The new edition offers 36 new or expanded selections, from new medieval chant examples to 21st-century works by Caroline Shaw and Thomas Adès. Recordings of each work are available for streaming and download.
  • NEW MEDIA RESOURCES THAT SHARPEN ANALYTICAL SKILLS AND MOTIVATE ENGAGEMENT. Help students learn more than mere names and dates. Dynamic new tools and content motivate the application of concepts and develop musicological skills. Every new copy of the book provides Total Access, including all activities, study tools, streamed audio from the entire Norton Recorded Anthology of Western Music, and opera excerpts from our exclusive Metropolitan Opera video.