A History of Western Music

Tenth International Student Edition

7 February 2019

Territory Rights — International Edition: World excluding the USA, its dependencies, and Canada.


The definitive history of Western Music.

The definitive survey, combining current scholarship with a vibrant narrative. Carefully informed by feedback from dozens of scholars, it remains the book that students and teachers trust to explain what’s important, where it fits and why it matters. Peter Burkholder weaves a compelling story of people, their choices and the western musical tradition that emerged. From chant to hip-hop, he connects past to present to create a context for tomorrow’s musicians.

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180 x 257 mm • 1120 pages



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