Book Review: Seaton, Douglass. Ideas and Styles in the Western Musical Tradition, 3rd ed.

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Abstract

Abstract Ideas and Styles in the Western Musical Tradition can be used effectively for various purposes: as a quick but substantive tour through western musical history and context, suitable for undergraduates but also sufficiently erudite for graduate courses. The history of music is presented as arising from historical, political, and cultural influences; we are invited to explore ideas such as "Humanism and Music," "The Reformation in Music," and "Rationalism and its Impact on Music," and musical concepts are presented in specific historical and cultural contexts. Ideas and Styles does not replace the standard histories but it is more comprehensive than more generic. It is a stimulating explication of ideas and the way that they inform musical process, presented through the frame of chronological history. Also included are "Suggestions for Further Reading" keyed to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and theoretical studies, and a particularly useful chart correlating the contents of the
Original languageEnglish
PublisherJournal of Music History Pedagogy / Pedagogy Study Group of the American Musicological Society
Volume1
StatePublished - Sep 2010

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