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A General History of Music, from the Earliest Times to the Present
Comprising the Lives of Eminent Composers and Musical Writers

Volume 1


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Music

  • Date Published: June 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108061742

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About the Authors
  • The writer, composer and organist Thomas Busby (1754–1838) is best remembered for his highly entertaining Concert Room and Orchestra Anecdotes (1825), which paints a vivid picture of musical life at the time. The son of a coach painter, Busby was originally articled to the composer Jonathan Battishill, but found the experience unrewarding. His compositions (many now lost) include songs, theatre music and oratorios. His literary output included journal articles and monographs, among them A Grammar of Music (also reissued in this series) and A General History of Music. First published in 1819, this two-volume work proved controversial as it was alleged that Busby had plagiarised the great histories of Burney and Hawkins (also available in the Cambridge Library Collection). However, acknowledging his indebtedness to them, Busby provided a popular interpretation of their work for the general reader. Volume 1 covers the period from the ancient Greeks and Romans to the Renaissance and the invention of printing.

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    • Date Published: June 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108061742
    • length: 570 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 32 mm
    • weight: 0.72kg
    • contains: 25 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Origin, and early progress of music
    2. The ancient melopoeia
    3. Disputed counterpoint of the ancients
    4. Reputed effects of the ancient music
    5. Egyptian and Hebrew music
    6. Ancient music, as connected with the Grecian mythology
    7. Musicians and poets, subsequent to Hesiod and Homer
    8. The Grecian games
    9. The ancient musical theorists, and their works
    10. Practical view of the ancient music, vocal, and instrumental
    11. Music of the ancient Romans
    12. Music of the early Christians to the time of Guido
    13. State of music from the time of Guido to the formation of the time table
    14. Invention of the time table
    15. Minstrels, troubadours, etc.
    16. General state of music, from the beginning of the fourteenth century to the time of Hambois
    17. State of music, from the time of Hambois to the invention of printing
    18. State of music, from the invention of printing to the time of Josquin del Prato
    19. Josquin del Prato
    20. State of music from the early part of the sixteenth century, to the reign of Elizabeth.

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    Thomas Busby

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