Alfred's Teach Yourself Music History

Alfred's Teach Yourself Music History
Everything You Need to Know About Music---from Antiquity to Today

By L. C. Harnsberger and Donny Trieu Book & CD Item: 00-40142
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Teach Yourself Music History is a thoroughly enjoyable overview of all the major periods of Western music: Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern. World history timelines and visual examples of fine art in each period help relate musical events to familiar moments in history. You will also receive access to over 13 hours of streaming audio of complete movements and entire pieces featured in the book!

The high-quality Naxos recordings include Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus," Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, Mozart's Eine kleine Nachtmusik, Beethoven's Emperor Concerto, Dvorák's Symphony No. 9 (from "The New World"), Joplin's "The Entertainer," William's main theme from Star Wars, Gregorian chant, and many more.

When you are done , you will be familiar with all of the most important composers and their music, giving you the foundation for a long-lasting appreciation of classical music.

Sample Pages


The Basics of Music
A Little About Music Theory
Instruments---How Music Is Performed
Music in the Ancient World
What History Hasn't Told Us Yet
History and Happenings
Music and Arts in the Medieval Period
Developments in Music
The Early Roman Catholic Church
Sacred Music in the Early Medieval Period
Musical Modes
Gregorian Chant
Early Notation
Secular Vocal Music
Ars Antiqua
Consonance and Dissonance
The Canon
The 13th-Century Motet
Ars Nova
Guillaume de Machaut
Instrumental Music
Looking Ahead
History and Happenings
Music and Arts in the Renaissance Period
Early Renaissance
The Burgundian School
Guillaume Dufay
The Flemish School
Josquin des Prez
The Protestant Reformation
The English Reformation
William Byrd
The Counter-Reformation
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
Late Renaissance
Carlo Gesualdo
Musical Instruments in the Renaissance Period
Instrumental Music
Looking Ahead
History and Happenings
Music and Arts in the Baroque Period
The Birth of Tonality
Jean-Philippe Rameau
The Four Major Composers of the Baroque Period
Georg Philipp Telemann
Antonio Vivaldi
George Frideric Handel
Johann Sebastian Bach
The Development of Opera
The Florentine Camerata
Claudio Monteverdi
Jean-Baptiste Lully and French Opera
Other Opera Styles and Composers
The Da Capo Aria
Vocal Music
Religious Vocal Music
Liturgical Vocal Music
Non-Liturgical Vocal Music
Secular Vocal Music
Instrumental Music
The Dance Suite
The Sonata
The Concerto
Keyboard Music
Looking Ahead
History and Happenings
Defining "Classical"
The Influence of the Age of Enlightenment on Music
Musical Characteristics
The Pre-Classical Period
Alberti Bass, and Dynamics
The Viennese School
Franz Joseph Haydn
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Ludwig van Beethoven
The Importance of Form
Sonata Form
Other Forms
Piano Music
Chamber Music
The String Quartet
Other Chamber Music
The Concerto
Piano Concertos
Concertos for Other Instruments
The Symphony
Early Symphonies
Contributions from the Viennese School
Classical Opera
Opera in the Pre-Classical Period
Christoph Gluck's Opera Reforms
Mozart's Operas
Vocal Music Beyond Opera
Sacred Music
Vocal Music in the United States
Looking Ahead
History and Happenings
The Influence of Art and Literature on Music
Beethoven's Influence on the Romantic Period
The Development of Instruments
Nationalism in Music
Early Romantic Period and the Art Song
Franz Schubert
The Symphony, Concert Overture, and Symphonic Poem
Program Music and Developments to the Symphony
The Fantastic Symphony
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and the Concert Overture
Richard Strauss and the Symphonic Poem
Performers as Composers
Niccolò Paganini
Franz Liszt
Frédéric Chopin
Romantic Opera
The International Reach of Opera
Italian Opera
Gioachino Rossini and Early Romantic Opera
Giuseppe Verdi and Opera in the Mid-19th Century
Giacomo Puccini and Verismo
French Opera
German Opera
Richard Wagner and Music Drama
The Operetta
Other Types of Music in the Romantic Period
Nationalism Throughout the World
Music for Marching Band
Chamber Music
Looking Ahead
History and Happenings
New Instruments
New Styles
Transitioning from the Romantic Period
Claude Debussy
Maurice Ravel
Erik Satie
Les Six
Arnold Schoenberg and a New Musical Language
Twelve-Tone Music
The Second Viennese School
Alban Berg
Anton Webern
The Influence of the Second Viennese School
Russian Music
The Russian Revolution and Its Impact on the Arts
Igor Stravinsky
Sergei Prokofiev
Dmitri Shostakovich
Nationalism in the Modern Period
The United States
The Jazz Era
Early Influences
Plantation Songs and Spirituals
The Blues
Jazz Bands
George Gershwin
Duke Ellington and Big Band Jazz
Other Jazz Styles
Influence of the Blues and Jazz on Popular Music
Experimental Music
Early Experimental Innovators
Electronic Music and Musique Concrète
Terry Riley
Philip Glass
Steve Reich
John Adams
Other Types of Music in the Modern Period
Modern Opera
The Musical
Film Music

Additional Information

Series: Teach Yourself Series
Author: L. C. Harnsberger, Donny Trieu
Format: Book & CD
Page Count: 100
Item Number: 00-40142
ISBN 10: 0-7390-9271-5
ISBN 13: 978-0-7390-9271-2
UPC: 038081448404

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