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The Cambridge History of Music : The Cambridge History of Eighteenth-Century Music, Paperback / softback Book

The Cambridge History of Music : The Cambridge History of Eighteenth-Century Music Paperback / softback

Edited by Simon P. (University of Sheffield) Keefe


The eighteenth century arguably boasts a more remarkable group of significant musical figures, and a more engaging combination of genres, styles and aesthetic orientations, than any century before or since, yet huge swathes of its musical activity remain under-appreciated.

The Cambridge History of Eighteenth-Century Music provides a comprehensive survey, examining little-known repertories, works and musical trends alongside more familiar ones.

Rather than relying on temporal, periodic and composer-related phenomena to structure the volume, it is organised by genre; chapters are grouped according to the traditional distinctions of music for the church, music for the theatre and music for the concert room that conditioned so much thinking, activity and output in the eighteenth century.

A valuable summation of current research in this area, the volume also encourages readers to think of eighteenth-century music less in terms of overtly teleological developments than of interacting and mutually stimulating musical cultures and practices.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 818 pages, 11 Printed music items; 4 Tables, black and white; 5 Halftones, unspecified
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Baroque music (c 1600 to c 1750)
  • ISBN: 9781107643970



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