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The text presents a concise list of composers and famous music literature from the various periods of music history. Additionally, the text contains explanations of musical forms, genres, and musical styles from all periods. The third edition text include discussion of jazz history and world music.
- This book contains an extensive list of composers, including their dates and primary accomplishments. It is a quick reference that is useful for musicians, students, and educators. General information that is most often needed quickly by musicians can all be found easily in this one concise book.
- Musical styles and forms are presented and explained in a clear and easy-to-understand manner. Rather than reading through difficult explanations of musical terminology, the reader can readily find easy-to-understand definitions and descriptions of musical forms, genres, styles, and terminology.
- The book includes a discussion of each musical time period and its treatment of the musical elements (melody, rhythm, harmony, texture, etc). This information is presented in a summary manner so that the reader can quickly grasp the sort of music and its style that was common in each of the time periods.
- The second edition includes a brief survey of some of the world's music cultures outside of the traditionally studied Western Cultures. Today, students and teachers alike are required to have general knowledge of non-Western music. Chapter 5 of this book presents the reader with a general survey of some of the most popular world-music cultures that are studied in education today.
- The new second edition includes a summary section on jazz and related styles. Educators and students are often required to know basic information about the Blues, jazz, and related styles. This book offers a quick and useful summary.
- An index of terms and composers has been added. The index facilitates quick access to the information in the book.
Introduction: Music History in a Condensed Melodic Nutshell.
1. AN OVERVIEW OF THE MUSICAL ELEMENTS BY HISTORICAL PERIOD: MELODY, RHYTHM, HARMONY, TEXTURE, FORM, DYNAMICS, TIMBRE, INSTRUMENTS.
Review of Musical Textures. Stylistic Comments in Detail. Antiquity: (~500 B.C. to 70s A.D). Middle Ages / Medieval Period: (~476 A.D. to 1420s). Ars Nova / Trecento: (1300-1350). Renaissance: (1430-1600). Early Baroque: (1600-1650)Middle Baroque: (1650-1700). Late Baroque: (1700-1730s/50). The Galant Style (1730s-1760s). The Classic Period: (1740s-1810s). Nineteenth Century / Romantic: (1810s-1900). Twentieth Century: (1900-2000). Impressionism. Expressionism. Other Styles.
2. A CHRONOLOGICAL OVERVIEW OF COMPOSERS AND PERSONALITIES.
Antiquity. Middle Ages / Medieval. Ars Nova/Trecento. Renaissance. Baroque. The Early Baroque. The Middle Baroque. The Late Baroque. The Classic Period. Nineteenth Century (Romantic). Twentieth Century. Impressionism: The First Modern Style, 1890s+. Les Six. Composers who Innovated Atonality. General List of Twentieth-Century Composers.
Antiquity. The Middle Ages. The Renaissance. The Baroque. Basso Continuo Explained. The Classic Period. The Nineteenth Century. The Twentieth Century.
4. MUSICAL FORMS.
5. A QUICK SURVEY OF WORLD MUSIC.
Africa. North America. Native American Music. Black American Music. Asia. China. Japan. India. Indonesia. Iran. Latin America. Brazil. Mexico. Australia.
6. A QUICK LOOK AT JAZZ HISTORY.
Ragtime. Blues. Dixieland (New Orleans Jazz). Swing. Bebop. Rhythm & Blues. Hard Bop. Rock & Roll.
7. FAMOUS PIECES OF MUSIC LITERATURE.
Listed by Composer. Listed by Title.
8. OUR TERMINOLOGY TO REVIEW.
9. BIBLIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES.
Alphabetical List of Names with Dates.
Index of Terms.