A Concise History of Western Music

In his 30 years as a music critic in New York and London, Paul Griffiths has published more than 2 million words about classical music. In this book he constructs a boiled-down narrative of musical history. The writing reflects a big-city, public, secular approach to the music Griffiths has chosen to include. For an intended audience apparently made up primarily of consumers—concertgoers and record-buyers eager to learn the historical background of favorite compositions and composers—this is a useful introductory volume.

 

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