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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $34
  • February 2009
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-93240-9
  • 8.2 × 9.9 in / 948 pages
  • Volume(s): 3: Twentieth Century
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

Norton Anthology of Western Music

Sixth Edition


Volume(s): 3: Twentieth Century

J. Peter Burkholder (Editor, Indiana University), Claude V. Palisca (Editor, late of Yale University)


This comprehensive collection of 205 scores illustrates every significant trend and genre of Western music from antiquity to modern times.

Highlights of the repertoire include new works from all periods: more contrasting virelais, ballades, and other chansons from the fourteenth through the sixteenth centuries; large-scale choral works, including Gabrieli’s In ecclesiis, Lully’s Te Deum, Haydn’s Creation, and Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky; more opera, including Norma, Les Huguenots, and Madama Butterfly; orchestral and chamber works by Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Dvorák, and Tchaikovsky; and new twentieth-century works by Satie, Bartók, Milhaud, Prokofiev, Varese, Hindemith, Cowell, Cage, Feldman, Stockhausen, Boulez, Berio, Reich, Adams, Ligeti, Schnittke, and Michael Daugherty.


Every piece is a good teaching piece

Pieces are representative of time, genre, and composer, and choices emphasize complete works over excerpts. Major composers are represented by multiple works, reflecting the composers’ range of style. Other pieces reveal chains of development, including genres, conventions, forms, and techniques. Selections encompass not only the standard canon but also music from Spain, Eastern Europe, and the Americas; music of the African-American tradition; music by women; and music by living composers. Each work is followed by illuminating commentary that covers the work’s origins; describes its form, contents, and important stylistic traits; and addresses matters of performance practice.

Vivid, compelling repertoire in dynamic performances—many new to this edition

Responding to extensive feedback from over 400 professors, the new Sixth Edition of the Norton Anthology of Western Music expands from 172 to 205 works to feature more chamber music, longer orchestral works, and more operatic scenes from the nineteenth century, and to showcase greater diversity in twentieth-century styles and genres. Each work is chosen to highlight the best music from every age, showing each piece’s relevance and impact on subsequent generations. Now available in three spiralbound volumes and fourteen audio CDs, the recorded anthology features 60 new performances.

    † New work. ‡ New recording. In Concise Version.

    Volume 3 Twentieth Century

    155. Scott Joplin: Maple Leaf Rag, piano rag

    1. A. As Played by Scott Joplin
      1. Scott Joplin, piano roll
    2. B. As Played by Jelly Roll Morton
      1. Jelly Roll Morton, piano

    156. Claude Debussy: Nuages, from Trois Nocturnes

    1. New York Philharmonic; Pierre Boulez, conductor

    157. Sergei Rachmaninov: Prelude in G Minor, Op. 23, No. 5

    1. Sergei Rachmaninov, piano

    158. Alexander Scriabin: Vers la flamme, poem for piano

    1. Bernd Glemser, piano

    †159. Erik Satie: Embryons desséchés, No. 3, De Podophthalma: Un peu vif

    1. Aldo Ciccolini, piano

    160. Arnold Schoenberg: Pierrot lunaire, Op. 21, excerpts

    1. A. No. 8: Nacht
    2. B. No. 13: Enthauptung
    3. Lucy Shelton, soprano; Da Capo Chamber Players

    161. Arnold Schoenberg: Piano Suite, Op. 25, excerpts

    1. A. Prelude
    2. B. Minuet and Trio
    3. Peter Hill, piano

    162. Alban Berg: Wozzeck, opera, excerpt: Act III, scene 3

    1. Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritone; Alice Oelke, mezzo-soprano; Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin; Karl Böhm conductor

    163. Anton Webern: Symphony, Op. 21, first movement

    1. Ulster Orchestra; Takuo Yuasa, conductor

    164. Igor Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring, excerpts

    1. A. Danse des adolescentes
    2. B. Conclusion of Part II: Danse sacrale
    3. Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Seiji Ozawa

    165. Igor Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms, first movement

    1. CBS Symphony Orchestra; The Festival Singers of Toronto; Igor Stravinsky, conductor

    †166. Béla Bartók: Mikrokosmos, No. 123, Staccato and Legato

    1. Kornél Zempléni, piano

    167. Béla Bartók: Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta, third movement

    1. New York Philharmonic; Pierre Boulez, conductor

    168. Charles Ives: General William Booth Enters into Heaven, song

    1. William Sharp, baritone; Stephen Blier, piano

    169. George Gershwin: I Got Rhythm, from Girl Crazy

    1. Ethel Merman, alto

    170. Bessie Smith: Back Water Blues, song

    1. Bessie Smith, vocal; James P. Johnson, piano

    171. King Oliver: West End Blues, as performed by Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five

    1. Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five: Louis Armstrong, trumpet and vocal; Earl (Fatha) Hines, piano; Fred Robinson, trombone; Jimmy Strong, clarinet; Mancy Cara, banjo; Zutty Singleton, drums

    172. Duke Ellington: Cotton Tail

    1. Duke Ellington and His Orchestra

    †173. Darius Milhaud: La Création du Monde, Op. 81 (1923), ballet, excerpt: 1st tableau (the jazz fugue)

    1. Little National Orchestra; Jean-Claude Casadesus, conductor

    †174. Paul Hindemith: Symphony Mathis der Maler, second movement, Grablegung

    1. San Francisco Symphony; Herbert Blomstedt, conductor

    †175. Sergei Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky, cantata, fourth movement: Arise, Ye Russian People

    1. Stanislavsky Chorus and Russian State Symphony Orchestra; Dmitry Yablonsky, conductor

    176. Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5, Op. 47, second movement

    1. Concertgebouw Orchestra; Bernard Haitink, conductor

    177. Silvestre Revueltas: Sensemayá, for orchestra

    1. Mexico Festival Orchestra; Enrique Batiz, conductor

    †178. Edgard Varèse: Hyperprism

    1. Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra; Christopher Lyndon-Gee, conductor

    †179. Henry Cowell: The Banshee

    1. Henry Cowell, piano

    180. Ruth Crawford Seeger: String Quartet 1931, fourth movement

    1. Pellegrini Quartet

    181. Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring, excerpt, with variations on Simple Gifts

    1. London Symphony Orchestra; Aaron Copland, conductor

    182. William Grant Still: Afro-American Symphony, first movement

    1. Chicago Sinfonietta; Paul Freeman, conductor

    183. Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie: Anthropology

    1. Dizzy Gillespie, trumpet; Charlie Parker, alto saxophone; Bud Powell, piano; Tommy Potter, bass; Roy Haynes, drums

    184. Olivier Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time, first movement

    1. Amici Ensemble

    185. Benjamin Britten: Peter Grimes, opera, excerpt from end of Act III

    1. Peter Pears (Peter Grimes); Claire Watson (Ellen Orford); Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Benjamin Britten, conductor

    186. Samuel Barber: Hermit Songs, No. 8: The Monk and His Cat

    1. Cheryl Studer, soprano; John Browning, piano

    †187. John Cage: Sonatas and Interludes, excerpt: Sonata V

    1. Yuji Takahashi, prepared piano

    188. John Cage: Music of Changes I, for piano

    1. ‡Steffen Schleiermacher, piano

    †189. Morton Feldman: Projection I, for cello

    1. The Barton Workshop; James Fulkerson, director

    †190. Karlheinz Stockhausen: Kreuzspiel, first section

    1. Members of the London Sinfonietta; Karlheinz Stockhausen, conductor

    †191. Pierre Boulez: Le marteau sans maître, movement 6: “Bourreaux de solitude”

    1. Jeanne Deroubaix, alto; Severino Gazzelloni, flute; Georges van Gucht, xylorimba; Claude Ricou, vibraphone; Jean Batigne, percussion; Anton Stingl, guitar; Serge Collot, viola; Pierre Boulez, conductor

    †192. Luciano Berio: Sequenza III for female voice

    1. Tony Arnold, soprano

    193. George Crumb: Black Angels, Thirteen Images from the Dark Land, excerpts

    1. A. Image 4: Devil-Music
    2. B. Image 5: Danse macabre
    3. Concord String Quartet

    194. Milton Babbitt: Philomel, section I

    1. Bethany Beardslee, soprano

    195. Krzysztof Penderecki: Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima

    1. National Polish Radio Symphony Radio Orchestra (Katowice); Antoni Wit, conductor

    196. Karel Husa: Music for Prague 1968, for concert band, first movement: Introduction and Fanfare: Adagio

    1. Eastman Wind Ensemble; Donald Hunsberger, conductor

    †197. Steve Reich: Tehillim, Part IV

    1. Ossia; Alan Pierson, conductor

    †198. John Adams: Short Ride in a Fast Machine

    1. Bournemouth Symphony; Marin Alsop, conductor

    †199. György Ligeti: Etudes, Book II, excerpt: No. 9, Vertige

    1. Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano

    200. Ellen Taaffe Zwilich: Symphony #1, first movement

    1. Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra; John Nelson, conductor

    201. Arvo Pärt: Magnificat antiphons

    1. A. No. 1: O Weisheit
    2. B. No. 6: O König aller Völker
    3. Taverner Choir; Andrew Parrott, conductor

    202. Sofia Gubaidulina: Rejoice! Sonata for Violin and Violoncello, fifth movement

    1. Gidon Kramer, violin; Yo-Yo Ma, cello

    †203. Alfred Schnittke: Concerto Grosso No. 1, second movement Toccata

    1. The New Stockholm Chamber Orchestra; Lev Markiz, conductor

    †204. Michael Daugherty: Dead Elvis

    1. Charles Ullery, bassoon; London Sinfonietta; David Zinman, conductor

    205. Bright Sheng: Seven Tunes Heard in China, for solo cello, No. 1: Seasons

    1. Yo-Yo Ma, cello