Music M401
History and Literature of Music I:
Antiquity to 1750

Indiana University Jacobs School of Music

Fall 2018


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Anthologies and Books on Reserve

Table of Contents

  1. Anthologies
  2. Primary Sources
  3. Research Guide
  4. Books
  5. Surveys of the Social History of Music

1. Anthologies

When studying any type of music, it helps to hear or look at more than one piece to get a sense of how pieces in the same repertoire, of the same style, or by the same composer are alike or different from one another. The following anthologies are full of useful examples and are on reserve. Briscoe's anthology overthrows the old lie that there are no great women composers by showing you their music. The others survey music from their respective periods.


2. Primary Sources

One way to learn about musical cultures of the past is to read what people wrote about the music they made and heard. These two anthologies of documents are especially useful. Strunk and Treitler focus on longer documents and excerpts; the bibliography in HWM often refers to this collection. Weiss and Taruskin offer briefer passages, sometimes edited for length.


3. Research Guide

The following guide may be helpful as you work on your research project.


4. Books

The first item is a magisterial overview of the history of Western music by one of the world's leading musicologists. The others, listed here in chronological order by the period each covers, are specialized history texts, which cover their subjects in more detail than the broad survey in HWM. These can be useful as supplements to class or as introductions to topics you may want to explore in your research project.


5. Surveys of the Social History of Music

The following are part of a series (Man and Music) on the social history of music.


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