A History of Music

A History of Music

A History of Music

A History of Music

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The present volume is the result of an attempt to present the history of music in such a manner that the reader will discover, to his increasing interest, that he can make a sympathetic approach to composers of all times and to all musical creeds. It is the hope of the author that what he has written will lead the reader to the music itself; that the reader will not substitute history for music. Anything worth knowing about music and musicians is eventually discernible in the music; what has been written about music should serve merely to shorten the time involved in the "eventually."

Although the material in this text has been presented with a view to showing chronological growth and development, it may be profitable, for those whose experience with the terminology of musical thought is limited, to begin with Part Two, reserving the complete reading of Part One until ready to review the first half of the book.

The bibliographies at the ends of chapters represent a great amount of reading and listening, an amount which cannot possibly be completed within the time limits of a year's course or a winter's casual reading. For either a musician or a nonprofessional listener, musical art fortunately offers more than sufficient material for a lifetime's interest. Let the introduction to the history of music be construed as the skeletal framework upon which future knowledge and experience can be logically placed; with such a conception the bibliographies may serve as guides for several years' adventure.

Some reading, and as much listening as possible, by way of illustration, should accompany the study of this book. Before leaving the matter of bibliography it should be said that while . . .

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