Roots of the Classical
The Popular Origins of Western Music
By (author) Peter Van Der Merwe
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Roots of the Classical by Peter Van Der Merwe
Book DescriptionRoots of the Classical identifies and traces to their sources the patterns that make Western classical music unique, setting out the fundamental laws of melody and harmony, and sketching the development of tonality between the fifteenth and eighteenth centuries. The author then focuses on the years 1770-1910, treating the Western music of this period - folk, popular, and classical - as a single, organically developing, interconnected unit in which the popular idiom was constantly feeding into 'serious' music, showing how the same patterns underlay music of all kinds.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780198166474
(242mm x 165mm x 36mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 9-Dec-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Peter Van Der Merwe
Roots of the Classical, Paperback (January 2007)
Roots of the Classical identifies and traces to their sources the patterns that make Western classical music unique, setting out the fundamental laws of melody and harmony, and sketching the development of tonality between the fifteenth and eighteenth centuries.
Origins of the Popular Style, Paperback (July 1992)» View all books by Peter Van Der Merwe
This is an analysis of popular music from a musical, as opposed to a sociological, biographical or political point of view. The author surveys Western popular music in all its forms - blues, ragtime, waltzes, marches, music hall, ballads and folk music - and uncovers similarities and common roots.
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Author Biography - Peter Van Der Merwe
Peter Van der Merwe spent two years at the South African College of Music in Cape Town but is largely self-taught. He is now working as a qualified librarian. He published his first book, 'Origins of the Popular Style' with OUP in 1989.
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