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Mueller eds. Think of all the music that is based on it. Can one possibly interpret correctly the great religious oratorios of Handel without placing them in their appropriate historical context? This annotated edition introduces readers to the Bible by providing a complete overview of the world of biblical history and scholarship, plus commentary on the text. Taruskin, Richard. The Oxford History of Western Music, 6 vols.
Sweepingly ambitious and exceedingly well received. Authoritative and opinionated with very fine sections on Post music. Music in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Bloomington, Indiana: Frangipani Press, Quite extensive; the first one quarter of the book, an interesting read, discusses the Ancient Music of Mesopotania, Egypt, Jewish Music, and Greece. This is followed by a significant section which divdes early polyphonic music, , by countries, French, Italian, and England. Music in the Renaissaince is very well written. This text is Volume 1 of 5 in the Music Literature Outline series.
Hoppin, Richard H. Medieval Music. One of the Norton Introduction to Music series texts. Anthology available. Reese, Gustave. Music in the Middle Ages. This book, originally published in , has remained a standard reference text. Yudkin, Jeremy. Music in Medieval Europe. Comes with two cassette tapes. This book is part of the Prentice Hall Music Series.
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Brown, Howard Mayer. Music in the Renaissance. Knighton, Tess, and David Fallows. Companion to Medieval and Renaissance Music. Berkeley: University of California Press, What was it like to be a composer in the Middle Ages? This book tackles these subjects and others like them. An interesting read. This book has remained a standard reference text since its publication. Charts the interaction of Handel's life and music. Burrows, Donald.
Handel: Messiah. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, As well as tracing the history of the work, the book addresses musical and technical issues. David, Hans, and Arthur Mendal ed. Revised and enlarged by Christoph Wolff. As Yo Yo Ma says, "Just reading these documents brings this great composer to life in a most exciting and vivid way. I love this book. Baroque Music: Music in Western Europe, Palisca, Claude V.
Baroque Music. Sadie, Julie Anne. Companion to Baroque Music. This excellent book is your Baedeker. Bach, The Learned Musician. Comprehensive and engaging, the most important Bach biography since Spitta. As the blurb says, "Unusual and stimulating. Heartz, Daniel. Lavishly illustrated and highly detailed. Landon, H. Haydn, Chronicle and Works. London: Thames and Hudson, Highly detailed and very well written by one of the great raconteurs of music. Pauly, Reinhard G. Music in the Classic Period.
Expanded edition. Many works are analyzed in this outstanding book. Solomon, Maynard. New York: Schirmer Trade Books, Mozart, A Life.. New York: Harper Perennial, Solomon solves the riddle of Beethoven's immortal beloved. Garden, Edward. Explores the personal history of each composer and the social context surrounding the music. Millington, Barry. Received very good reviews.
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First published in and now somewhat dated, a worthwhile book. Cope, David H. New Directions in Music. Prospect Heights, Illinois: Waveland Press, Now in its seventh edition. Comprehensive and up to date. Gridley, Mark C. Jazz Styles: History and Analysis. Kostka, Stefan. Materials and Techniques of Twentieth-Century Music. Contains some historical content but best used as a compositional reference text for a 20th century history course. Also listed in Post Composition. Morgan, Robert P. Twentieth Century Music. Morris, Mark. A Guide to Twentieth Century Composers. London: Methuen, All the major, and many minor, composers are discussed.
The introduction is very fine. Has an interesting section on Canada. An excellent book. Salzman, Eric. Twentieth Century Music: An Introduction. Wilson, Elizabeth. Shostakovich: A Life Remembered. One has to only look at the number of times his 15 symphonies and 15 string quartets are recorded and performed to realize that the attention given to his music in these texts is abysmal. In most editions of the Enjoyment of Music he receives one sentence: "The first Russian composer of international repute who was wholly a product of the Soviet musical culture.
Doodle squat on his outstanding output and preeminent significance to our musical heritage. Yet, the 5th symphony is almost every major orchestra's party piece and the 8th string quartet is the equivalent to quartets. Reviews were glowing for the first edition of Shostakovich: A Life Remembered.
Richard Taruskin - "Elizabeth Wilson's magnificent new oral history, [is] the one indispensable book about the composer.
For the first time, Shostakovich's anguished personality comes into focus, and his emotionally devastating encounters with the Soviet government are put into trustworthy perspective. Whittall, Arnold. Music Since the First World War. Wyman, Bill, with Richard Havens. Blues Odyssey. It begins with the slave trade, and works its way forward through ragtime, spirituals, and jazz before tackling the main subject of the book. The writing, and the fact there are too many pictures of Bill Wyman in the book, have been criticized, but overall it is a comprehensive and well documented.
Volkov, Solomon. Testimony: The Memoirs of Dmitri Shostakovich. New York; Limelight A best seller when it first came out, the book later came into dispute to the point where some have called it a fraud. Whatever, it is riveting. As one reviewer puts it, "Whether it is Dmitri Shostakovich's own story or a first-person novel by Volkov, this is a deeply engrossing, chillingly emotional and intensely tragic tale about the cost of fame in the Stalin years.
However, these are very fine and well worth reading. Boulez, Pierre. Boulez on Music Today. Bradshaw and R. Harvard University Press, Serial Composition. Written by a highly regarded British serialist. Craft of Musical Composition. Mainz: Schott, A comprehensive text on Post music. Highly recommended. Also listed in History, Post Lendvai, Erno. Messiaen, Olivier. The Technique of My Musical Language. Tustin, California: American Biography [Reprint of ed. Persichetti, Vincent.
Twentieth-Century Harmony. This book covers composition in the first half of the 20th century. It is out of date, but there is much to admire in this highly musical book. Wuorinen, Charles. Simple Composition. New York: Service. Reprint of ed. Peters, Adler, Samuel. The Study of Orchestration. Six CDs are available that cover the musical examples in the book. This is very helpful.
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Also available is a workbook. Berlioz, Hector, and Richard Strauss. Treatise on Instrumentation. Richard Strauss revised and enlarged it in the early 's. As the blurb says, "a work in which no musician, composer, or music lover can afford to be without. Percussion Instruments and their History. The writing is infectious and highly knowledgeable.
Has scads of illustrations and a forward by Benjamin Britten. If you are interested in percussion, it doesn't get any better than this. Contemporary Percussion. It contains a multitude of highly technical helpful information and uses the single line notation system for all the instruments except those that use a piano-keyboard layout. Cole, Hugo. Sounds and Signs, Aspects of Musical Notation. It examines the role played by notations in the whole complex of current activities which we lump together as "music" in the Western world.
Thought provoking, lighthearted at times, intelligent and thoroughly enjoyable. Out of print, but used copies are available. Del Mar, Norman. Anatomy of the Orchestra. Full of facts, tremendous fun, indispensable for orchestrators. Forsyth, Cecil. A delight. One goes to look up, say the range of the piccolo, and finds a discussion of its effect when doubling the clarinet two octaves higher in Bizet's Carmen.
Not a first choice, but a definite must for any orchestrator. Exceedingly well written. Gould, Elaine. London: Faber Music Ltd, It continues the fine work of Kurt Stone see below. However it is greatly enlarged and much more thorough - an indispensable companion to anyone who notates music whether pencil to paper or using Sibelius 7 with its reference book, also highly recommended - it doesn't matter, when in doubt, Behind Bars is the 'go to' book.
It's all here, every aspect of notation is covered in glorious pages supported by 1, music examples of published scores from Bach to Xenakis. Certainly nobody could have done it better, and it will be a reference for musicians for decades to come," Simon Rattle. Jacob, Gordon. Orchestral Technique, A Manual for Students. The concerto, written many years before in , is a fine piece of music. It displays Jacob's tremendous skill as an orchestrator and his first rate idiomatic instrumental writing.
That orchestral knowledge shines through in this short book - pages, written in - which can serve as an introduction to the art of orchestration. And though it is brief, the book contains many especially pleasing concepts which any student of orchestration can use. Particularly charming is his description of the percussion section, "The best way of avoiding temptation of using the rest of the kitchen, i. This practice has the merit of cutting down expense as well as checking one's primitive barbaric instincts. The Technique of Orchestration.
One never get to hear the exercises they complete. A good strategy is to acquire, along with the mandatory scores and recordings, as many orchestration textbooks as possible. This textbook makes a good first choice. It is an outstanding orchestration text from a prominent composer. It includes excellent, in depth but easy to perceive, descriptions of each instrument and each family of instruments.
Percussion, in all music, has been enhanced since the writing of this book. The acquisition of Contemporary Percussion by Reginald Smith Brindle would make a good companion volume.
Reed, Owen, and Joel Leach. Scoring for Percussion, and the Instruments of the Percussion Section. Revised with added CD by Deanna Hudgins. Van Nuys, California: Alfred Publishing, The book is divided into two main sections — Percussion Instruments and Notation and Scoring. The description of each instrument is good. What is very good is that each instrument has a point form paragraph of beaters used and their effect, and a similar paragraph listing distinctive features.
The layout is larger and clearer. Instrumental ranges reflect modern instruments and many instruments have been added. However, you have to use it in your computer because of the lack of track numbers on the CD-ROM Contents reference page. Also the instruments are in alphabetical order on the CD-ROM and grouped by family on the reference page. Fun for some, maddening for most. Stone, Kurt. This notable notation textbook was written shortly afterward. Swartz, Boris. However, one can glean much about violin technique and writing for the violin by reading it.
Excellent and comprehensive. Has an introduction by Yehudi Menuhin. Rcm Examinations. Kathleen Wood. Barbara Wharram. Harris Frederick. Only Books by Frederick Harris X. Only 2nd Edition Books X. Each book in these progressive series includes clear and concise lessons, using language appropriate for students at each stage of their development.