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A General History of Music
From the Infancy of the Greek Drama to the Present Period


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Music

  • Date Published: June 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108064798

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  • A friend and pupil of Mendelssohn, the composer and author William Smith Rockstro (1823–95) was regarded as an expert on early music. He contributed articles on the subject to Sir George Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians as well as teaching counterpoint and plainsong at the Royal College of Music. His published output includes biographies of Handel (1883), Mendelssohn (1884) and the opera singer Jenny Lind (1891), all of which are reissued in this series. The present work was first published in 1886. In its narrative of musical history since the Greeks, it gives due weight to the development of music in England and includes, naturally, a chapter on Handel that reflects his enduring influence on national taste. The final section of the book discusses the contemporary musical scene and considers the importance of the recently deceased Wagner for the music of the future.

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    • Date Published: June 2013
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108064798
    • length: 558 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 32 mm
    • weight: 0.7kg
    • contains: 49 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Music in the Early Ages:
    1. The music of the Greeks
    2. The music of the early Christians
    Part II. Music in the Middle Ages:
    3. The condition of music in the early middle ages
    4. Troubadours, minstrels and minnesingers
    5. The invention of counterpoint
    6. Concerning the polyphonic schools
    7. The productions of the polyphonic schools
    8. Polyphonic music in England
    9. Mediaeval hymnody
    Part III. Music in the Seventeenth Century:
    10. On the schools of the decadence
    11. Early history of the opera
    12. Early history of the oratorio
    13. Instrumental music
    14. The later composers
    15. The English school of the Restoration
    Part IV. Music in the Eighteenth Century:
    16. Music in Italy
    17. Music in France, England and Germany
    18. The modern system of part-writing
    19. The seven lamps
    20. George Frederick Handel
    21. Johann Sebastian Bach
    22. Christoph Willibald Gluck
    23. Franz Joseph Haydn
    24. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    25. Ludwig van Beethoven
    26. The development of the piano-forte
    27. Dramatic music in Italy
    28. Dramatic music in France
    29. The schools of Leipzig and Vienna
    30. Music in England
    Part V. Music in the Nineteenth Century:
    31. The seven lesser lights
    32. Music in Italy
    33. The German schools
    34. The French schools
    35. The English schools
    Part VI. The Present Condition of Music, and its Probable Influence upon the Future:
    36. The new world
    37. Wilhelm Richard Wagner
    38. L'envoi
    Index and chronological table.

  • Author

    William Smith Rockstro

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