Taruskin's Highly Acclaimed Oxford History of Western Music Now Available Online

Oct 12, 2010, 10:34 ET from Oxford University Press


NEW YORK, Oct. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is praise for the print edition of Taruskin's Oxford History of Western Music:

"Most of the news in classical music takes place on stage or on disc. But at the moment, one of the biggest stories (in more ways than one) is taking place on the printed page."

--The New York Times

"Erudite, engaging, and suffused throughout with a mixture of brilliance and delirium."

--Washington Post

"It is a visionary addition to our understanding of our culture."

--Times Literary Supplement

"Authoritative, opinionated and controversial, which is not surprising given that all...volumes are written by one man - and the most prominent and provocative musicologist of our time at that."

--The Economist

"Cogent and entertaining, written in a rambunctious style that conveys technical information with great lucidity."

--New York Review of Books

"Taruskin's chef-d'oeuvre, however, is a feast of contrarian ideas, with enough spice to sting the palate of anyone with a stake in telling the old stories in the old way. It aims for nothing less than the revaluation of practically everything you thought you knew about classical music....Taruskin's magnum opus is a must-read, and in its way, a real page-turner of detective non-fiction. It's a cinch to become the most discussed music title of the year, if not of the decade."

--The Globe & Mail

"The book is nothing short of spectacular."

--New Music Box

"There's plenty to keep you amused and enlightened - it's very good reading."

--American Record Guide

"Rather than assemble an overview, Taruskin has written a critical, subjective history in which he examines the influence of key figures, works, and musical ideas against the backdrop of world affairs and cultural history."  


"Readers will profit from his sharp analysis and unabashed opinions... Taruskin has succeeded in writing a stimulating overview of Western society, setting a standard that will not be surpassed for a very long time..."

--Library Journal

From Oxford University Press comes the Oxford History of Western Music is a magisterial survey of the traditions of Western music by one of the most prominent and provocative musicologists of our time – Richard Taruskin. This text illuminates, through a representative sampling of masterworks, those themes, styles, and currents that give shape and direction to each musical age. Taking a critical perspective, this text sets the details of music, the chronological sweep of figures, works, and musical ideas, within the larger context of world affairs and cultural history. Written by an authoritative, opinionated, and controversial figure in musicology, The Oxford History of Western Music provides a critical aesthetic position with respect to individual works, as well as a context in which each composition may be evaluated and remembered. Taruskin combines an emphasis on structure and form with a discussion of relevant theoretical concepts in each age, in order to illustrate how the music itself works, and how contemporaries heard and understood it. It also describes how the context of each stylistic period--key cultural, historical, social, economic, and scientific events--influenced and directed compositional choices.

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SOURCE Oxford University Press