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By Richard Taruskin

The universally acclaimed and award-winning Oxford heritage of Western song is the eminent musicologist Richard Taruskin's provocative, erudite telling of the tale of Western tune from its earliest days to the current. every one publication during this superlative five-volume set illuminates-through a consultant sampling of masterworks- the subjects, kinds, and currents that supply form and course to an important interval within the historical past of Western song.

This first quantity in Richard Taruskin's majestic background, tune from the Earliest Notations to the 16th Century , sweeps throughout centuries of musical innovation to make clear the early forces that formed the advance of the Western classical culture. starting with the discovery of musical notation greater than 1000 years in the past, Taruskin addresses themes reminiscent of the legend of Saint Gregory and Gregorian chant, Augustine's and Boethius's recommendations on tune, the liturgical dramas of Hildegard of Bingen, the expansion of the tune printing company, the literary revolution and the English madrigal, the effect of the Reformation and the Counter-Reformation, and the operas of Monteverdi. Laced with marvelous observations, memorable musical research, and a breathtaking feel of the interactions among heritage, tradition, politics, artwork, literature, faith, and song, this e-book should be crucial studying for someone who needs to appreciate this wealthy and various period.

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