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Published: 16 January 2018

992 Pages

8 x 10 inches

ISBN: 9780190600228

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The Oxford History of Western Music

Second Edition

Christopher H. Gibbs and Richard Taruskin

  • Offers a unique focus on the people behind music history, telling the stories of the composers, performers, audiences, and critics who shaped each musical era
  • Makes connections among works and across history, offering differing perspectives on how the Western musical canon developed and showing how the story of classical music has evolved over time
  • Places musical works within their larger cultural, social, and political contexts, providing a compelling narrative of music history
  • Builds listening and analysis skills through comprehensive discussion of key works
  • Includes helpful learning and study tools in the form of chapter timelines, summaries, key terms, and study questions
  • Open-access Companion Website provides free access to additional study and review material and a guide to writing research papers

New to this Edition:

  • Additional pedagogy in the form of chapter opening summaries and lists of key subjects, along with callouts for key concepts and study points, help students quickly identify important information as they read and review
  • Streamlined chapters, written in a relatable, student-friendly style, relate the story of Western music in a way that is more focused and digestible
  • The three-volume Oxford Recorded Anthology of Western Music is now conveniently available in streaming audio format, replacing the physical CD sets of the previous edition. The streaming audio volumes are available in a variety of purchase and package options. See below for details.

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