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Description - A Student's Guide to Music History by R. J. Stove

R. J. Stove s "A Student s Guide to Music History" is a concise account, written for the intelligent lay reader, of classical music s development from the early Middle Ages onwards. Beginning with a discussion of Hildegard von Bingen, a twelfth-century German nun and composer, and the origins of plainchant, Stove s narrative recounts the rise (and ever-increasing complexity) of harmony during the medieval world, the differences between secular and sacred music, the glories of the contrapuntal style, and the origins of opera. Stove then relates the achievements of the high baroque period, the very different idioms that prevailed during the late eighteenth century, and the emergence of Romanticism, with its emphasis upon the artist-hero. With the late nineteenth century came a growing emphasis on musical patriotism, writes Stove, especially in Spain, Hungary, Russia, Bohemia, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and the United States.A final section discusses the trends that have characterized music since 1945.Stove s guide also singles out eminent composers for special coverage, including Palestrina, Monteverdi, Handel, Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Wagner, Verdi, Brahms, Debussy, Richard Strauss, Sibelius, and Messiaen. As a brief orientation to the history and countours of classical music, "A Student s Guide to Music History" is an unparalleled resource."

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781933859415
ISBN-10: 1933859415
Format: Paperback
Imprint: ISI Books
Publisher: ISI Books
Publish Date: 15-Jan-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - R. J. Stove

R. J. Stove, born in 1961 in Sydney, is a professional organist and composer in Melbourne. His previous books are "Prince of Music: Palestrina and His World" and "The Unsleeping Eye: Secret Police and Their Victims." He is a contributing editor at the" American Conservative, "and his articles have appeared in "Modern Age, "the" New Criterion, Chronicles, National Review, "the" National Observer" (Australia), and elsewhere. He has also broadcast on Sydney and Melbourne radio.