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A Complete History of Music
Emphasis has been laid on the work of the men who developed music, on the influences which shaped their careers and the permanent value of their contributions to music. A clear knowledge of how music reached its present state is not to be had by studying books, biographical and critical; the works of the composers must be examined, played and sung, compared, analyzed as to methods of construction (Form) and expression (Melody, Harmony and Rhythm), so that the student may appreciate the change from simple, elementary processes to the free, polyphonic style found in the complex modern piano and orchestral scores.
Reference is made to representative compositions by classical and modern composers, which are part of the average teaching repertoire. The works of the earlier com- posers are not, however, readily accessible, although good examples of the style of the i6th and I7th centuries are in the cheap editions of Peters, Litolff, Augener, Breitkopf and Hartel, and Ricordi.
The plan of this book provides for two lessons a week for thirty weeks. This will occupy a school year and allow time for quizzes, reviews and examinations. If more time is available, the work may be divided into four, five or six terms and stress laid on the study of representative composi- tions, the preparation of short papers on the suggested topics, adding, as a feature to interest friends and music lovers generally, public programs including music.
Musical clubs will find in this book material for several years’ programs, special attention having been given to the lessons on modern composers and their music, the sugges- tions as to class-work applying with equal force to the study classes of clubs. The individual reader should follow out the suggested historical and biographical parallels which help so strongly to fix in the mind the periods in which composers lived.