Musical Revolutions: How the Sounds of the Western World Changed

Musical Revolutions: How the Sounds of the Western World Changed

Musical Revolutions: How the Sounds of the Western World Changed

From the critically acclaimed author ofTemperament, a narrative account of the most defining moments in musical history—classical and jazz—all of which forever altered Western culture

“A fascinating journey that begins with the origins of musical notation and travels through the centuries reaching all the way to our time.”—Semyon Bychkov, chief conductor and music director of the Czech Philharmonic

The invention of music notation by a skittish Italian monk in the eleventh century. The introduction of multilayered hymns in the Middle Ages. The birth of opera in a Venice rebelling against the church’s pious restraints. Baroque, Romantic, and atonal music; bebop and cool jazz; Bach and Liszt; Miles Davis and John Coltrane. In telling the exciting story of Western music’s evolution, Stuart Isacoff explains how music became entangled in politics, culture, and economics, giving rise to…

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