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Concert music, 1630-1750 /
edited by Gerald Abraham.
imprint
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1985.
description
xx, 786 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., facsim., music. --
ISBN
0193163063 :
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imprint
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1985.
isbn
0193163063 :
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
856728
 
Bibliography: p. [695]-762.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 1986-11-01:
Together with volume 5, this volume of the New Oxford History of Music series covers the Baroque period. While the previous volume focused on opera and church music, the present one includes odes, oratorios, and vocal and instrumental music. As is the custom in this series, each chapter is written by a specialist, and volume 6 is up to the high standards set by previous volumes. The sections, well written and generously illustrated with musical examples, provide a detailed historical overview coupled with analytical discussion of exemplary compositions. An excellent book for serious students of music history. Timothy J. McGee, Faculty of Music, Univ. of Toronto Kirk, Elise K. Music at the White House: a history of the American spirit. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 1986-11:
This is the penultimate volume of a ten-volume history of mainly Western art music, the first volume of which appeared in 1954. Consequently, it suffers from time lag, which has recently given one volume a bad press; see Philip Gossett's ``The Age of Beethoven,'' Musical Times, 127, (March 1986), 149-151. The articles in this volume, like those of Volume 5: Opera and Church Music, 16301750 (1986), appear to date from the early 1970s, although some chapter bibliographies include items as recent as 1984. The two volumes combine to provide a sound, eminently readable survey of Baroque music. Many of the chapters are written by recognized British and German scholars in the field (e.g., John Caldwell, Walter Emery, Anthony Hicks, Walter Kolneder, Hans Joachim Marx, Ernst Meyer, Rosamund McGuinness, David Tunley). Given the aim to provide a survey of different genres involving innumerable composers, this volume might have been delayed further to incorporate scholarship generated by the birthday celebrations in 1985. For instance, we can no longer assume, as Kolneder does, that J.S. Bach's Concerto for two violins in D minor dates from 1718; see Christoph Wolff's ``Bach's Leipzig Chamber Music,'' Early Music, 13 (May 1985), 165-175. An almost inevitable item for college and university libraries.-P.G. Swing, Swarthmore College
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'Volume 6 is up to the high standards set by previous volumes...Well written and generously illustrated with musical examples, [it provides] a detailed historical overview coupled with analytical discussion of exemplary compositions. An excellent book for serious students of music history.'Library Journal
'Volume 6 is up to the high standards set by previous volumes...Wellwritten and generously illustrated with musical examples, [it provides] adetailed historical overview coupled with analytical discussion of exemplarycompositions. An excellent book for serious students of music history.' LibraryJournal
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Library Journal, November 1986
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Summaries
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The New Oxford History of Music is an authoritative ten-volume survey of classical music from ancient times up to 1960. Each volume is devoted to a recognised period in music history, and is written by noted scholars in the field.
Long Description
This volume offers an overall view of a period which witnessed a proliferation of music in all genres, highlighting the musical landmarks and masterpieces of the age. It discusses the ode and oratorio in England, secular song in Europe, and the whole range of baroque instrumental music from keyboard music and the solo sonata to the orchestral suite and concerto grosso.

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