The definitive history of Western Music
The definitive survey, combining current scholarship with a vibrant narrative. Carefully informed by feedback from dozens of scholars, it remains the book that students and teachers trust to explain what’s important, where it fits, and why it matters. Peter Burkholder weaves a compelling story of people, their choices, and the western musical tradition that emerged. From chant to hip-hop, he connects past to present to create a context for tomorrow’s musicians.
Part 1.THE ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL WORLDS.
1. Music in Antiquity.
2. Roman Liturgy and Chant.
3. Song and dance Music to 1300.
4. Polyphony through the Thirteenth Century.
5. New Developments in the Fourteenth Century.
Part 2. THE RENAISSANCE.
7. England and Burgundy in the Fifteenth Century.
8. Franco-Flemish Composers, 1450-1520.
9. Madrigal and Secular Song in the Sixteenth Century.
10. Sacred Music in the Era of the Reformation.
11. The Rise of Instrumental Music.
Part 3. THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY.
12. New Styles in the Seventeenth Century.
13. The Invention of Opera.
14. Music for Chamber and Church in the Early Seventeenth Century.
15. France, England, Spain the New World, and Russia in the Seventeenth Century.
16. Italy and Germany in the Late Seventeenth Century.
Part 4.THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY.
17. The Early Eighteenth Century in Italy and France.
18. German Composers of the Late Baroque.
J. Peter Burkholder
Claude V Palisca
(late of Yale University)
Donald Jay Grout
(late of Cornell University)