A Concise History of Western MusicPaul Griffiths
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'... thought-provoking, compelling and remarkably comprehensive narrative, this is easily one of the most thought-provoking, enjoyable and stimulating reads on Western music to have been published in the past ten years.' BBC Music Magazine 'Griffiths finds graceful ways of saying the conventional things that have to be said and of slipping in the less conventional ... a fresh formulation of the riddle of past and present, and the future.' Joseph Kerman, New York Review of Books 'A Concise History of Western Music (concise maybe, but substantial enough to merit every one of its 350 pages) is a joy.' The Book Depository '... an extremely rich and thoughtful text ... the whole thing reads exquisitely ...' Et cetera 'Hidden behind the deadpan title is an extremely rich and thoughtful text: a concise history, as it say on the tin, but also a warm meditation on the philosophy of music ... Each chapter culminates in a subtle cliff-hanger, and the whole thing reads exquisitely.' Saturday Guardian, Review Supplement 'Paul Griffiths, adept at clear, succinct presentations, manages to reduce the millennia and centuries to just 300 pages; and, to make matters easier, he gives the terms without which the story cannot be told, a brisk and lively explanation and encourages the reader to read, listen further and think ... an original and a stimulating book. I hope others will find it so, too.' Methodist Recorder '... an approachable and enjoyable tour of thousands of years of our cultural history, in the company of a familiar and erudite guide.' Tenby Observer 'The book is clearly laid out, with page-heading summaries making it valuable for academic study.' International Record Review 'Griffiths is reknowned as a writer on new music, and this bias brings a fresh perspective to his take on pre-20th century composition.' Classical FM 'Griffiths is excellent on Dowland's and Monteverdi's subjectivity ...' The Times Literary Supplement 'Paul Griffiths manages to cover a huge number of composers and musical styles in his comprehensive history. He shows a clear understanding of the nature of the development of music in the West and, though clearly argued, it is a dense read.' Reference Reviews '... text is filled with Griffith's typically excellent thought-provoking observations ...' The New York Review