The definitive history of Western music, by the foremost musicologist of our time Winner of the R. R. Hawkins Award (Association of American Publishers) for Best Scholarly Work; ASCAP Deems Taylor Award,; Otto Kinkeldy Award of the American Musicological Society The Oxford History of Western Music is a magisterial survey of the traditions of Western music by one of the most prominent and provocative musicologists of our time. This text illuminates, through a representative sampling of masterworks, those themes, styles, and currents that give shape and direction to each musical age.
Taking a critical perspective, this text sets the details of music, the chronological sweep of figures, works, and musical ideas, within the larger context of world affairs and cultural history. Written by an authoritative, opinionated, and controversial figure in musicology, The Oxford History of Western Music provides a critical aesthetic position with respect to individual works, a context in which each composition may be evaluated and remembered. Taruskin combines an emphasis on structure and form with a discussion of relevant theoretical concepts in each age, to illustrate how the music itself works, and how contemporaries heard and understood it. It also describes how the context of each stylistic period-key cultural, historical, social, economic, and scientific events-influenced and directed compositional choices.
Derived from the classic "Oxford Dictionary of Music", this dictionary of music provides information for lovers of music of different periods and styles. It includes over 14,000 entries on musical terms from allegro to zingaro, as well as musical instruments and their history, composers, librettists, musicians, singers, and orchestras.