By Richard L. Crocker
Style — the distinct demeanour of presentation, development, and execution in any paintings — is a subject of fundamental value in track heritage. This very popular textual content via 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 swap in the background of favor itself (rather than within the historical past of fellows or of ideas), this enlightening account indicates how track, becoming 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 ebook stresses the continuity of uncomplicated musical rules over lengthy classes of heritage, whereas it explores intimately moments of excessive stylistic success and the composers who exemplified them.
Drawing of the earliest written documents, Crocker starts his description and research of Western music's altering variety with a dialogue of Frankish Gregorian Chant, laudes and melismas, and polyphony — the top medium of musical improvement after 1150. the writer lines the development of latest polyphonic kinds from the Parisian motet of the thirteenth and 14th centuries via Italian tune kinds to the Franco-Flemish form of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. This sweeping survey then records the emergence of the vintage kind after 1550, embodied within the tune of such composers as Palestrina and Byrd, strikes via new Italian dramatic types (1600–1650) and directly to the harmonic and polyphonic contributions of the seventeenth- and 18th-century masters.
With notion and perception, Crocker strains the production of the German symphonic sort, epitomized within the works of Mozart, Beethoven, and Brahms, and bargains with the parallel improvement of operatic variety. An illuminating exam of recent types after 1900, together with the serial track of Schoenberg, Webern, and Berg, concludes this exhaustive study.
Over one hundred forty song examples supplement Crocker's lucid textual content, and lists of chosen learn fabrics for every bankruptcy are given behind the e-book. This paintings should be welcomed through track scholars in any respect degrees, song students, and the layman as well.
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A History of Musical Style (Dover Books on Music) by Richard L. Crocker