Music in Western Civilization Romanticism to the Present

ISBN-10: 0495008699

ISBN-13: 9780495008699

Edition: 2006

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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.
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List price: $96.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 7/1/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 752
Size: 8.75" wide x 11.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

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).

Musical Interlude
Music In The Nineteenth Century: The Romantic Period
Franz Schubert
Music in Paris Under Louis Philippe: Berlioz and Chopin
Leipzig and the Gewandhaus: Mendelssohn and the Schumanns
German Opera in the Nineteenth Century: Weber and Wagner
Opera in Italy: Rossini and Verdi
Nationalism and Virtuosity: Franz Liszt
Vienna in the Late Nineteenth Century: Brahms and Bruckner
Music and Ballet in Nineteenth-Century Russia: Mussorgsky and Tchaikovsky
Vienna at the turn of the Twentieth Century: Gustav and Alma Mahler
England at the End of the Romantic Period: Elgar and Vaughan Williams
Opera in Milan After Verdi: Puccini, Toscanini, and Mascagni
Paris of the Belle Epoque: Debussy, FaurT, and Lili Boulanger
The Twentieth Century
Musical Interlude
Music Since 1900
Richard Strauss in Berlin
Music in Russian During the Silver Age: Igor Stravinsky
Atonality: Schoenberg and Scriabin
French Music at the Time of World War I: Ravel and Satie
Music in Paris After World War I: Stravinsky and the Six
Vienna in the Aftermath of War: Twelve-Tone Methods
Musical Theater in Germany in the 1920's: Berg and Weill
BTla Bart=k and Hungarian Folk Music
Early Jazz
Paul Hindemith and Music in Nazi Germany
Music in Soviet Russia: Prokofiev and Shostakovich
Self-Reliance in American Music: Ives, Seeger, and Nancarrow
American Composers Return from Europe: Copland and Barber
Tin Pan Alley and the Broadway Musical
Contemporary Music
Musical Interlude
After World War II
Reflections on War: Britten, Penderecki, and Others
Twelve-Tone Music and Serialism After World War II
Alternatives to Serialism: Chance, Electronics, Textures
Harlem in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s: Big Bands, Bebop, and Cool Jazz
Musical Interlude
The Birth Of Rock
Music of the 1960s and 1970s: Live Processes, Minimalism, Metric Modulations
Returning to the Known: Music of the Recent Past
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