A history of western music

From Edna Susman

Author: J. Peter Burkholder

Title:   A history of western music  

In 1960, Donald Jay Grout wrote the first edition of this one-volume standard history of music. It is now in its ninth edition and still serves as the THE definitive  English-language general history of Western music used in colleges and universities. Since Grout’s death in 1987, the work has been co-written by Claude Palisca and J. Peter Burkholder. With this revision, we find new repertoire, new information on performance careers and practice, updated timelines and more. Chapters are organized chronologically and include the social and historical context, styles, key composers, genres, and works of each period.

The Smart Guide to Classical Music

From  Edna Susman

Author:  Sherman Robert

Title:  The Smart Guide to Classical Music

Robert Sherman and Philip Seldon have written this guide to help anyone in their quest to “de-mystify classical music”. This resource is excellent for both the classical music connoisseur and neophyte. It’s loaded with interesting facts and simple definitions. It will help you develop your ear with tips on how to listen to classical music. There are “fascinating anecdotes on composers” as well as handy hints on concert etiquette, how to dress when attending a concert and much more. One of the authors, Robert Sherman, recently celebrated his 56th anniversary with WQXR classical music radio in New York City. This book would be a worthwhile read or addition to your home music library, should you want to purchase it yourself.