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Ideas and Styles in the Western Musical Tradition

Third Edition

Douglass Seaton

Publication Date - November 2009

ISBN: 9780195379884

512 pages
Hardcover
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $79.95

A "-free" book of music history: anthology-free, box-free, and clutter-free!

Description

Ideas and Styles in the Western Musical Tradition, Third Edition, explores the conceptual frameworks that have shaped musical development from antiquity to the present. In a lively narrative that prompts readers to think both critically and creatively, Douglass Seaton uses historical documents from thinkers, artists, and musicians to add rich detail to the compelling story of Western music. This brief and accessible narrative of music history features numerous works of art, literature, and music that immerse the reader in the historical and intellectual contexts of musical styles.

In addition, the thoroughly updated and revised third edition:

* Includes the most current historiography
* Clarifies the interconnections and divisions between musical periods, moving away from "periodization" terms
* Offers an updated and comprehensive timeline
* Expands the final chapter with additional recent works and more reflection on postmodernism
* Features a unique anthology-free design that allows instructors the flexibility to choose their own musical examples (a correlation guide to the major score anthologies is included in the Companion Website)

The third edition is also enhanced by a new Companion Website (www.oup.com/us/seaton) with study aids, teaching tips, chapter synopses, review and quiz materials, and listening recommendations. Also included are questions for study and reflection, guidance for research and writing in music history, and hints for pronouncing church Latin, as well as a correlation guide to the major score anthologies.

About the Author(s)

Douglass Seaton is Warren D. Allen Professor of Music at The Florida State University.

Previous Publication Date(s)

November 2007
January 1991

Reviews

"Seaton's writing style is very fine--elegant and clear--an excellent model. . . . It really is interesting to read, and it leaves a lot of room for the instructor to choose the listening selections."--Carol Padgham Albrecht, University of Idaho

"I enjoy the flexibility that this book allows in selecting which pieces to use in and out of class, whether in an existing anthology, online, in a course-pack, or in the library. . . . This is an outstanding textbook, and the only one I feel comfortable asking my students to purchase. "--Jay Grymes, University of North Carolina-Charlotte

"When I was reading this text, it was as if I were reading a new novel for my own pleasure. The book is beautifully written, clear, and concise. . . . Though Seaton's writing is as scholarly as any I've read, it is immediately readable, logical, and utterly enjoyable."--Virginia Boaz, East Texas Baptist University

Table of Contents

    1. MUSIC IN CLASSICAL ANTIQUITY
    Music in the Life and Philosophy of Ancient Greece
    Music and the Doctrine of Ethos
    Characteristics of Music
    Greek Music Theory
    Music in Ancient Rome

    2. THE EARLY CHRISTIAN PERIOD
    The Growth of the Christian Church and Its Music
    The Jewish Heritage
    The Diversification of Practice
    The Eastern Influence
    Local European Practices


    3. THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A CATHOLIC TRADITION
    The Political-Cultural Situation at the Beginning of the Ninth Century
    The Roman Liturgy
    The Divine Office
    Mass
    Aesthetic Considerations Regarding the Chant
    The Musical Style of the Chant
    The Music Theory of the Chant
    Later Developments in the Liturgical Chant
    The Trope
    Liturgical Drama

    4. MEDIEVAL SECULAR SONG AND INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC
    Secular Music before the Eleventh Century
    Latin Songs
    Epics and Minstrels
    Troubadours and Trouvères
    German Court Music
    Monophonic Songs in Other Regions
    Italy
    Spain and Portugal
    Britain

    Instruments
    String Instruments
    Wind Instruments
    Percussion Instruments
    Organs
    The Use of Instruments

    5. THE DEVELOPMENT OF POLYPHONY
    The Significance of Polyphony
    Carolingian Polyphony
    Romanesque Developments
    Free Organum
    Rhythmic Independence
    Florid Organum and Discant
    Gothic Thinking and Style
    Notre Dame Polyphony
    Rhythmic Order in Organum: Leonin
    Perotin
    Cadences

    The Motet
    Late Thirteenth-Century Developments
    New Developments in Rhythmic Notation
    Hocket
    Symbolic Values in Medieval Polyphony

    6. MUSIC IN THE FOURTEENTH CENTURY
    The Increasing Secularization of Culture
    Ars Nova
    Isorhythm
    The Roman de Fauvel
    Form in Secular Song
    Guillaume de Machaut
    Ars Subtilior
    The Italian Trecento
    Cadence Patterns in the Fourteenth Century
    English Polyphony
    Gymel and English Discant
    Secular Music: Rota


    7. HUMANISM AND MUSIC
    The Rise of a Humanist World View
    The Hundred Years' War and English Music on the Continent
    John Dunstaple
    The New Style on the Continent
    Guillaume Du Fay
    Gilles Binchois
    Polyphonic Cadences

    The Idea of a New Music

    8. THE SPREAD OF NEW MUSICAL IDEAS AND PRACTICES TO 1600
    The Growth of the Renaissance Musical Style in the North .
    Johannes Ockeghem
    The Next Generation of Franco-Netherlands Composers
    Josquin des Prez
    The Ascendancy of the Northern Style
    Music for Social Use
    Regional Variations of the Cosmopolitan Style in Secular Music
    The French Chanson
    English Music
    German Music
    Spanish Repertoires
    The Italian Frottola and Madrigal
    The Poetic Model for Musical Expression

    9. INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC IN THE SIXTEENTH CENTURY
    The Place of Instruments
    Instruments and their Combinations
    Consorts
    Broken Consorts
    Plucked Instruments
    Keyboard Instruments
    Tablature
    Instruments and Vocal Music
    Instrumental Adaptations of Vocal Music and Genres
    Instrumental Genres
    Dances
    Variations
    Instrumental Pieces in the Style of Improvisations

    10. THE REFORMATION AND MUSIC
    The Background of the Reformation
    The Music of the Lutheran Reformation
    The Calvinist Reformation
    The Reformation in England
    The Counter-Reformation
    Palestrina
    Tomás Luis de Victoria and Roland de Lassus

    Faith, Music, and the Power of Words

    11. THE CLOSE OF THE SIXTEENTH CENTURY
    Italian Music at the End of the Sixteenth Century
    Mannerism
    The Italian Style in England
    France
    The Venetian Style
    The Significance of Late Humanist Styles

    12. RATIONALISM AND ITS IMPACT ON MUSIC
    An Age of Reason
    Aesthetic Considerations
    The Doctrine of Affections
    The Florentine Camerata
    Monody and the Basso Continuo
    Concertato
    Seconda Pratica
    Expression of New Ideas in New Styles

    13. NEW GENRES AND STYLES IN THE AGE OF RATIONALISM
    Three Styles
    The Creation of Opera
    First Experiments in Opera
    Orfeo

    Developments in Italian Opera
    Stylistic Trends
    Vocal Chamber Music
    Texture and Form
    Sacred Music
    The Sacred Concerto
    Oratorio

    Seventeenth-Century Instrumental Music
    The Fantasia
    The Sonata
    Sets of Variations
    Dance Music
    Improvisatory Instrumental Music

    14. THE LATE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY
    French Opera in the Seventeenth Century
    Historical Context
    The Beginnings of French Opera
    French Operatic
    Style
    English Music in the Seventeenth Century
    The First Stuarts
    The Commonwealth
    The Restoration
    Italian Opera
    The Cantata and Other Vocal Chamber Music
    German Musical Genres
    Keyboard Music
    Musical Drama
    The Development of Instrumental Forms and Idioms
    Style Developments in Instrumental Music
    Fugue
    The Suite
    The Ensemble Sonata
    Concerto

    15. THE EARLY EIGHTEENTH CENTURY
    The Late Rationalist Period
    Opera Seria - Handel and Others
    The Intermezzo
    Opera in France
    Handel and the Oratorio
    Germany
    Johann Sebastian Bach
    Bach's Early Career
    The Court of Weimar
    The Court of Cöthen
    The City of Leipzig
    Bach's Culmination of Stylistic Tradition

    16. NEW CURRENTS IN THE EARLY EIGHTEENTH CENTURY
    New Directions in Thinking and Style
    The Development of the Tonal System
    The Idea of the Galant
    In France
    Outside of France
    French and Italian Operatic Comedy
    La Guerre des Bouffons
    The empfindsamer Stil
    Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
    Keyboard Instruments
    Song

    Structure in Early Eighteenth-Century Instrumental Music
    Developments in Instrumental Music

    17. THE ENLIGHTENMENT AND THE CLASSIC STYLE
    The Enlightenment
    The Classic Outlook
    Musicians in Late Eighteenth-Century Society
    Contrasting Careers for Classical Musicians: Haydn and Mozart
    Franz Joseph Haydn
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Comic Opera in the Early Enlightenment
    Opera Seria and Opera Reform
    Instrumental Genres and the Sonata Plan
    The Symphony
    The String Quartet
    The Keyboard Sonata
    The Concerto
    The Divertimento
    The Sonata Form and Its Variants
    Harmonic Plan
    Thematic Plan
    Outline of Sonata Form
    Some Terminological Clarification
    Applications of the Sonata Procedure
    Expression and Function

    18. THE END OF THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY
    The Position of Haydn and Mozart
    Chamber Music
    Symphony
    Concerto
    Mozart's Mature Operas
    Opera Seria
    Singspiel
    Collaboration with Da Ponte
    A Finale in the Popular Theater
    A New Model for Expression
    The Enlightenment Beethoven
    Beethoven's Early Years in Bonn
    Beethoven's First Decade in Vienna
    The Music of Beethoven's First
    Vienna Period
    The American Colonies and the early United States

    19. THE RISE OF THE ROMANTIC MOVEMENT
    Philosophical Roots of Romantic Thought
    Politics, Economics, and Social Change
    The Concept of Organic Unity
    Romantic Art
    Themes in Romantic Art
    Techniques of Romantic Art
    The Romantic Movement in the History of Musical Style
    Beethoven from 1802
    Beethoven and the Artist as Hero
    Beethoven's Heroic Style
    Beethoven's Sketchbooks
    Beethoven's Personal Life in His Middle Period

    Beethoven's Last Period
    Beethoven's Influence on Nineteenth-Century Music
    The Romantic Lied
    Franz Schubert
    Early Nineteenth-Century Italian Opera
    Gioacchino Rossini
    Opera in France
    German Romantic Opera
    The Social Context for Music in the Nineteenth Century

    20. DEVELOPMENTS IN ROMANTICISM TO 1850
    The Context for Romanticism to the Middle of the Nineteenth Century
    Composers' Lifestyles
    Composers' Literary and Artistic Activities
    Romantic Lyricism in Italian Opera
    Style
    Performance Practice
    Giuseppe Verdi
    French Grand Opera
    The Cult of Virtuosity
    Some "Serious" Performers
    Lyricism and Virtuosity - Chopin
    Salons and Drawing Rooms
    Instrumental Genres in Romantic Music
    Piano Music
    Orchestral Music
    Romantic Musical Style
    Expansion of Sound Vocabulary
    Romantic Harmony
    Form in Romantic Music
    Recognition of the Musical Heritage
    The Midpoint of the Nineteenth Century

    21. THE SECOND HALF OF THE NINETEENTH CENTURY
    The New German School
    The Artwork of the Future
    Wagner's Music Dramas
    Wagner's Librettos
    Wagner's Musical Style
    Wagner in Social and Political History

    Late Romanticism
    Austria
    France
    Italy

    Influences of the New German Style
    Progressives in Vienna
    Richard Strauss
    Alexander Skryabin
    Realism in Late Nineteenth-Century Opera
    Exoticism
    Late Nineteenth-Century National Styles
    Bohemia
    Russia
    Nationalism in Other Countries
    The Situation at the End of the Nineteenth Century

    22. THE ARRIVAL OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
    A Turning Point in Artistic Ideas and Styles
    Impressionism
    Claude Debussy
    Diffusion and Limits of Impression

    The Aesthetics of Ugliness
    Primitivism
    Expressionism
    Arnold Schoenberg
    Alban Berg
    Advantages and Problems in Atonal Expressionism
    An American Original: Charles Ives

    23. MODERNISM AND THE PERIOD BETWEEN THE WORLD WARS
    Modernism
    A Period of Readjustment
    The Twelve-Tone Method of Composition
    Schoenberg after 1920
    Adaptations of the Twelve-Tone Method
    Toward Serialism
    Artistic Objectivity
    Neoclassicism
    France
    Stravinsky's Neoclassic Music and Thought
    Germany
    New Tonal Theory
    The Influence of Regional Musics
    The Music of Socialist Realism in the Soviet Union
    The United States
    Jazz
    Incorporating Jazz into Traditional Genres
    The Avant-Garde
    American Experimentalists

    24. IN THE SECOND HALF OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
    History and Contemporary Music
    Composers in Late-Twentieth-Century Society
    Total Control
    The Exploration of New Timbres: Extended Techniques
    Electronic Music
    Computers
    The Performer
    Indeterminacy
    Indeterminacy, Performers, and Computers
    Aesthetic Issues
    Postmodernism
    Postmodernism in Music
    Postmodern Composer and Listener
    Diversity in Styles Based on the Western Tradition
    Juxtapositions and Fusions with Non-Western Musics
    Minimalism
    Mixed-Media and Performance-Oriented Music
    Jazz and Popular Music
    Jazz
    Rock Music
    The Situation at the Dawn of the Twenty-first Century

    Appendix: Timeline

    Index