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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. 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 Details

ISBN: 9780198166474
ISBN-10: 0198166478
Format: Hardback
(242mm x 165mm x 36mm)
Pages: 576
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 9-Dec-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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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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Roots of the Classical by Peter Van Der Merwe

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