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  • April 2014
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-92066-6
  • 736 pages
  • Territory Rights: USA and Dependencies, Philippines and Canada.
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Barbara Russano Hanning (Author, Emeritus of the City College of New York)


The most student-friendly music history text available, now with Total Access.

Barbara Hanning’s Concise History of Western Music offers students a manageable introduction to the forces that shaped music. Combining concision with the imaginative pedagogy that her text pioneered, Hanning focuses on an essential repertoire of 109 characteristic works—from the Middle Ages to the present—providing students with the cultural and historical context to illuminate the music and remember its significance. The new Total Access program unlocks a full suite of media resources with every new book, including instant access to streaming recordings of the complete Norton Anthology of Western Music repertoire, an ebook, audio for nearly every short example in the text, and stunning Metropolitan Opera video.


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 streamlined and accessible revision for today’s students

Drawing on decades of classroom experience teaching performers and liberal arts students, Hanning zooms in on the essential details that students need to know about musical works and styles, as well as the context in which they were created and heard. New for this edition the twentieth- and twenty-first-century chapters have been reorganized to highlight the connections between European and American modernists and enhance coverage of vernacular music and the music of the last fifteen years.  

Outstanding pedagogy highlights essential information and places musical works in a memorable context

The Fifth Edition maintains Hanning's tradition of innovative pedagogy. In part introductions, illuminating sidebars, and lavish illustrations, Hanning sets the music—along with its creators, performers, and consumers—in a broad social and historical context. New for this edition, more first-person quotations allow students to hear patrons and composers in their own voices, while redesigned Timelines and new At the Time boxes call attention to music's place in history. Finally, A Closer Look boxes unpack important genres, forms, and works, helping students to remember important details. 

Focuses on a central repertory of characteristic works and genres

To provide a focused introduction to music history, Hanning examines 109 works—selected from the broader Norton Anthology of Western Music—in depth, showing how they work and the ways they reflect the concerns and values of the age that produced them. For maximum flexibility, every work in the broader Norton Anthology of Western Music is briefly mentioned in the text and is available as a streaming recording via Total Access. A MP3-DVD of the Concise Repertory is available for students who want the recordings in a permanent format.  

    Part One
    The Ancient and Medieval Worlds

    1. Music in Ancient Greece and Early Christian Rome
    2. Chant and Secular Song in the Middle Ages
    3. Polyphony through the Thirteenth Century
    4. French and Italian Music in the Fourteenth Century

    Part Two
    The Age of the Renaissance

    5. England, France, and Burgundy
    6. Music of Franco-Flemish Composers, 1450–1520
    7. Secular Song, National Styles, and Instrumental Music in the Sixteenth Century
    8. The Rise of Instrumental Music
    9. Sacred Music in the Era of the Reformation

    Part Three
    The Long Seventeenth Century

    10. Vocal Music of the Early Baroque and the Invention of Opera
    11. Vocal Music for Chamber and Church in the Early Baroque
    12. Instrumental Music in the Seventeenth Century
    13. Opera and Vocal Music in the Late Seventeenth Century
    14. Baroque Music in the Early Eighteenth Century

    Part Four
    The Eighteenth Century

    15. The Early Classic Period: Opera and Vocal Music
    16. The Early Classic Period: Instrumental Music
    17. The Late Eighteenth Century: Haydn and Mozart
    18. Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)

    Part Five
    The Nineteenth Century: The Age of Romanticism

    19. The Early Romantics
    20. Opera and Music Drama in the Nineteenth Century
    21. The Later Romantics
    22. Music in the Late Nineteenth Century: Nationalism, Romanticism, and Beyond

    Part Six
    The Twentieth Century and Today

    23. Classical Modernism
    24. Vernacular Music in America
    25. Radical Modernism
    26. Music between the Two World Wars
    27. The Changing World of Music since 1945
    28. Into the Twenty-First Century