Music in Western Civilization Antiquity Through the Renaissance

ISBN-10: 0495008672
ISBN-13: 9780495008675
Edition: 2006
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Description: MUSIC IN WESTERN CIVILIZATION by Wright and Simms places music in the context of the politics and personalities, and the arts and humanities of each period of Western intellectual history. The importance of cultural context is evidenced by chapters  More...

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List price: $96.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 7/1/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 8.75" wide x 11.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

MUSIC IN WESTERN CIVILIZATION by Wright and Simms places music in the context of the politics and personalities, and the arts and humanities of each period of Western intellectual history. The importance of cultural context is evidenced by chapters entitled "Richard Strauss in Berlin," "Johann Sebastian Bach: Vocal Music in Leipzig," and "Music in Medieval Paris: Polyphony at Notre Dame." The writing is crystal clear, and student comprehension is increased by means of boldface Key Terms and by concise chapter summaries. The eighty-three brief chapters allow instructors to pick and choose which material they wish to emphasize, and it is available in three formats: comprehensive edition, 2 volumes, and 3 volumes. Moreover, the text is as comprehensive as it is clear. All major composers, styles, and genres are covered. 224 pieces are discussed, with additional commentary and complete musical scores in an accompanying anthology prepared by Professor Timothy Roden. The anthology is available in a two-as well as a three volume set to meet the needs of various course structures. Recordings of all 224 pieces are available on the 13 CDs, and student exercises and analysis questions are found in a companion Student Workbook. In sum, the text of Wright and Simms will revolutionize the teaching of music history because it situates music in its cultural context, yet does so in a way that is clear and easy to understand.

Bryan R. Simms (Bachelor of Arts, Yale University, 1966; Ph.D., Yale University, 1971) has taught since 1976 at the University of Southern California, where he has been director of graduate studies and is currently chair of the department of musicology. He is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Fulbright Foundation. He is the author of books and articles on topics in twentieth-century music and music theory, including MUSIC OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY (Schirmer 1996) and, most recently, THE ATONAL MUSIC OF ARNOLD SCHOENBERG, 1908-1923 (Oxford University Press).

Antiquity and The Middle Ages
Music in Ancient Greece
Antiquity to the Middle Ages: Music in Rome, Jerusalem, and the Early Christian World
Music in the Monastery and Convent
Music Theory in the Monastery: John of St. Gall and Guido of Arezzo
Later Medieval Chant: Tropes, Sequences, and the Liturgical Drama of Hildegard of Bingen
Troubadours and TrouvFres
Early Polyphony
Music in Medieval Paris: Polyphony at Notre Dame
Music in the Cathedral Close and University: Conductus and Motet
In the Parisian Master's Study: Music Theory of the Ars Antiqua and Ars Nova
Music at the Court of the French Kings
Fourteenth-Century Music in Reims: Guillaume de Machaut
Avignon, Symbolic Scores, and the Ars Subtilior
Musical Interlude
From Medieval Manuscript To Modern Performance
The Late Middle Ages and Early Renaissance
Music in Florence, 1350-1425
Music at the Cathedral of Florence
Music in England
Music at the Court of Burgundy
Music at the French Royal Court
Music in the Low Countries
The Late Renaissance
Musical Interlude
Musical Humanism and The Renaissance
Popular Music in Florence, 1475-1540: Carnival Song and Lauda, Frottola, and Early Madrigal
Josquin Des Prez and Music in Ferrara
Musical Interlude
Music Printing During The Renaissance
Music in Renaissance Paris
Renaissance Instruments and Instrumental Music
Musical Interlude
Music Theory In The Renaissance
Music in Three German Cities: The Protestant-Catholic Confrontation
Rome and the Music of the Counter-Reformation
Music in Elizabethan England
Early Vocal Music
Music in Elizabethan England
Instrumental Music and Later Vocal Music
The Later Madrigal in Ferrara and Mantua: Gesualdo and Monteverdi

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