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Published: 18 July 2016

528 Pages | 172

7 x 10 inches

ISBN: 9780190246778

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Ideas and Styles in the Western Musical Tradition

Fourth Edition

Douglass Seaton

  • A brief and accessible chronological narrative tells the compelling story of the growth of classical music through its key composers, performers, and works in a way that is approachable to students
  • Coverage of both musical analysis and cultural history provides students with a balanced and well-rounded view of the development of Western music
  • Numerous works of art portray musicians, provide historical context for the music, and represent ideas and values
  • Excerpts from key historical documents enrich discussions of music in social life, artistic values, and musical problems

New to this Edition:

  • New pedagogy including chapter-opening summaries and outlines; marginal cues to identify key ideas in each paragraph; and extended excerpts from key historical texts
  • Increased and balanced coverage of women's roles in music history, ranging from discussions of key composers and performers like Isabella d'Este and Fanny Hensel to women's important roles as patrons
  • A custom score anthology drawn from the Oxford History of Western Music offers students full scores and analysis for key works from the text
  • A more user-friendly design makes it easier for students to quickly locate key information
  • Updates to the narrative throughout, including the most recent research findings along with updates to the reception of key works

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