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  • April 2014
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-91829-8
  • 1200 pages
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J. Peter Burkholder (Author, Indiana University), Donald Jay Grout (Author, late of Cornell University), Claude V. Palisca (Author, late of Yale University)


The definitive history of Western music, now with Total Access.

Combining current scholarship with cutting-edge pedagogy, the Ninth Edition of A History of Western Music is the text that students and professors have trusted for generations. Because listening is central to music history, the new Total Access program provides a full suite of media resources—including an ebook and premium streaming recordings of the entire Norton Anthology of Western Music repertoire—with every new text. Combining thoughtful revisions—particularly to chapters on the twentieth and twenty-first centuries—with exceptional media resources, A History of Western Music provides all the resources that students need in a text that will last a lifetime.


All the media resources students need to listen and study – free

The new Total Access program gives students premium streaming recordings of all 220 works in the Norton Anthology of Western Music, an ebook, video excerpts from the Metropolitan Opera, and a suite of tools for study and assessment—all included at no extra cost with the purchase of a new book.  

A dynamic revision for the way music historians teach today

The text has been thoughtfully revised in response to feedback from professors to reflect the way that music history—particularly the history of twentieth- and twenty-first-century music—is taught in classrooms today. New In Performance boxes introduce students to the performance decisions behind the music, and the Norton Anthology of Western Music has been expanded to 220 works–with more music from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. 

Highlights what’s important, where it fits, why it matters, and who cares

While preserving a vivid, accessible, and richly contextual view of music history, the story foregrounds people, their choices, and their values, showing students how each work fits into the culture of its time. Illuminating sidebars contextualize the musical works, source readings allow students to hear from composers, musicians, and others in their own voices, and new streamlined timelines help students see the connections between music and historical events.  

    Part One: The Ancient and Medieval Worlds
    1. Music in Antiquity
    2. The Christian Church in the First Millennium
    3. Roman Liturgy and Chant
    4. Song and Dance Music to 1300
    5. Polyphony through the Thirteenth Century
    6. New Developments in the Fourteenth Century

    Part Two: The Renaissance
    7. Music and the Renaissance
    8. England and Burgundy in the Fifteenth Century
    9. Franco-Flemish Composers, 1450–1520
    10. Sacred Music in the Era of the Reformation
    11. Madrigal and Secular Song in the Sixteenth Century
    12. The Rise of Instrumental Music

    Part Three: The Seventeenth Century
    13. New Styles in the Seventeenth Century
    14. The Invention of Opera
    15. Music for Chamber and Church in the Early Seventeenth Century
    16. France, England, Spain, and the New World in the Seventeenth Century
    17. Italy and Germany in the Late Seventeenth Century

    Part Four: The Eighteenth Century
    18. The Early Eighteenth Century in Italy and France
    19. German Composers of the Late Baroque
    20. Musical Taste and Style in the Enlightenment
    21. Opera and Vocal Music in the Early Classic Period
    22. Instrumental Music: Sonata, Symphony, and Concerto
    23. Classic Music in the Late Eighteenth Century

    Part Five: The Nineteenth Century
    24. Revolution and Change
    25. The Romantic Generation: Song and Piano Music
    26. Romanticism in Classic Forms: Orchestral, Chamber, and Choral Music
    27. Romantic Opera and Musical Theater to Midcentury
    28. Opera and Musical Theater in the Later Nineteenth Century
    29. Late Romanticism in Germany and Austria
    30. Diverging Traditions in the Later Nineteenth Century

    Part Six: The Twentieth Century and After
    31. The Early Twentieth Century: Vernacular Music
    32. The Early Twentieth Century: The Classical Tradition
    33. Radical Modernists
    34. Between the World Wars: Jazz and Popular Music
    35. Between the World Wars: The Classical Tradition
    36. Postwar Crosscurrents
    37. Postwar Heirs to the Classical Tradition
    38. The End of the Millennium
    39. Music in the Twenty-First Century