By Richard L. Crocker
Style — the unique demeanour of presentation, development, and execution in any artwork — is a subject of fundamental significance in tune heritage. This very popular textual content by way of famous musicologist Richard Crocker (University of California, Berkeley) takes a much-needed clean examine the topic and makes an attempt to reshape a few simple principles within the mild of contemporary learn. looking the explanations for stylistic switch in the heritage of fashion itself (rather than within the heritage of fellows or of ideas), this enlightening account exhibits how song, starting to be out of its personal earlier, has formed its personal development.
Professor Crocker's highly transparent and systematic presentation permits scholars to simply stick to the evolution of Western musical kind from Gregorian Chant (ca. 750) to the atonal tune of the mid-20th century. The e-book stresses the continuity of uncomplicated musical ideas over lengthy classes of background, whereas it explores intimately moments of excessive stylistic success and the composers who exemplified them.
Drawing of the earliest written files, Crocker starts off his description and research of Western music's altering kind with a dialogue of Frankish Gregorian Chant, laudes and melismas, and polyphony — the major medium of musical improvement after 1150. the writer lines the development of latest polyphonic varieties from the Parisian motet of the thirteenth and 14th centuries via Italian tune kinds to the Franco-Flemish variety of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. This sweeping survey then records the emergence of the vintage variety after 1550, embodied within the song of such composers as Palestrina and Byrd, strikes via new Italian dramatic kinds (1600–1650) and directly to the harmonic and polyphonic contributions of the seventeenth- and 18th-century masters.
With notion and perception, Crocker lines the production of the German symphonic sort, epitomized within the works of Mozart, Beethoven, and Brahms, and offers with the parallel improvement of operatic variety. An illuminating exam of recent kinds after 1900, together with the serial track of Schoenberg, Webern, and Berg, concludes this exhaustive study.
Over a hundred and forty song examples supplement Crocker's lucid textual content, and lists of chosen research fabrics for every bankruptcy are given in the back of the publication. This paintings might be welcomed via track scholars in any respect degrees, tune students, and the layman as well.
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A History of Musical Style (Dover Books on Music) by Richard L. Crocker