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Western Music History

This is a free, online wikibook so it is continually being updated and refined.  According to the authors, "Western Music History can be traced back to Medieval times, with the Introduction of Chanting (later termed Gregorian Chanting) into the Catholic church services. Western Music then started becoming more of an art form with the advances in music notation and more focus on secular themes that occurred in the Renaissance period. We then...

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Jeffrey Quick
Jeffrey Quick (Librarian)
41 weeks ago
The title holds out hope that this might be the long-hoped-for "Grout-killer". Alas, this book is totally useless for any purpose that I can imagine. Each period of Western music gets about a page, divided into subtopics, which each get 2 or 3 sentences. The subdivision is not even useful as a historical outline. Almost any open-access "music appreciation" text does a better job of telling the story of Western music history.
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