Learn an impressive amount of music history in this 99 page book! I am so impressed at how much this book manages to pack in its pages. 1500 years of music history is broken down into six periods, from Medieval to Modern. The first page for each period has a running timeline of the advancements in music along with major historical events to help solidify the information and provide context. There are also pictures of famous paintings and sculpture from the corresponding era for a more complete mental picture, along with lots of info about the cultural implications of the music and key elements of music theory that impacted the pieces. The book provides so much info, that reading alone might get a little dry, but don't worry. There is an included 15 track CD to provide applicable listening material. Not only that, but on the publisher's website, you can find even more music (ranging from 5 to 45 pieces per chapter) to really solidify what your student is learning. The information is provided in straightforward text, so older students are able to read and understand by themselves, though a parent could easily summarize the info for a younger student who wants to learn alongside an older sibling. Use alone, or as a history supplement for your musical student. 99 pg, sc., with 15 track CD. - Laura
Teach Yourself Music History is a thoroughly enjoyable overview of all the major periods of Western music: Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern. World history timelines and visual examples of fine art in each period help relate musical events to familiar moments in history. You will also receive access to over 13 hours of streaming audio of complete movements and entire pieces featured in the book!
The high-quality Naxos recordings include Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus," Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, Mozart's Eine kleine Nachtmusik, Beethoven's Emperor Concerto, Dvork's Symphony No. 9 (from "The New World"), Joplin's "The Entertainer," William's main theme from Star Wars, Gregorian chant, and many more.
When you are done , you will be familiar with all of the most important composers and their music, giving you the foundation for a long-lasting appreciation of classical music.