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A general history of music : from the earliest ages to the present period (1789)

Author: Charles Burney; Frank Mercer
Publisher: New York : Dover Publications, [1957]
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Burney, Charles, 1726-1814.
General history of music.
New York, Dover Publications [1957]
(OCoLC)639417309
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Charles Burney; Frank Mercer
OCLC Number: 512686
Notes: Includes music.
Description: 2 volumes : illustrations, portraits ; 21 cm
Contents: Volume 1. Book I. Dissertation on the music of the ancients : 1. Of the notation or tablature of ancient music, including its scales, intervals, systems, and diagrams ; 2. Of the three genera: diatonic, chromatic, and enharmonic ; 3. Of the modes ; 4. Of mutation ; 5. Of melopoeia ; 6. Of rhythm ; 7. Of the practice of melopoeia ; 8. Whether the ancients had counterpoint or music in parts ; 9. Of dramatic music ; 10. Of the effects attributed to the music of the ancients --
The history of Egyptian music --
The history of Hebrew music --
The history of Greek music : 1. Of music in Greece during the residence of pagan divinities, of the first order, upon earth ; 2. Of the terrestrial, or demi-gods ; 3. Concerning the music of heroes and heroic times ; 4. Of the state of music in Greece, from the time of Homer, till it was subdued by the Romans, including the musical contests at the public games ; 5. Of ancient musical sects, and theories of sound ; 6. Of the scolia, or songs, of the ancient Greeks --
The history of the music of the Romans --
A list and description of the plates to book I --
Reflections on the construction and use of some particular musical instruments of antiquity. Book II. A general history of music : Of the introduction of music into the church, and of its progress there previous to the Time of Guido --
Of the invention of counterpoint, and state of music, from the Time of Guido, to the formation of the time-table --
Of the formation of the time-table, and the state of music from that discovery till about the middle of the fourteenth century --
Of the origin of modern languages, to which written melody and harmony were first applied; and general state of music till the invention of printing, about the year 1450 --
Of the state of music, from the invention of printing till the middle of the XVIth century: including its cultivation in the masses, motets and secular songs of that period. Volume 2. Book III. Essay on musical criticism : 1. The progress of music in England from the time of King Henry VIII to the death of Queen Elizabeth --
2. Of the state of music in Italy during the sixteenth century: including an account of theorists, with the progress of practical music in the church, as well as of Madrigals, Ricercari, or Fantasias, and secular songs, of that period --
3. Of the progress of music in Germany during the sixteenth century --
4. Of the state of music in France during the sixteenth century --
5. Of the progress of music in Spain during the sixteenth century --
6. Concerning the music of the Netherlands during the sixteenth century --
7. Of the progress of music in England from the death of Queen Elizabeth, till the end of the seventeenth century --
8. Of the music of Italy in the church and chamber during the seventeenth century --
9. Progress of the violin in Italy, from the sixteenth century to the present time --
10.Of the progress of music in Germany during the seventeenth century --
11. Of the state of music in France during the seventeenth century --
12. Progress of church music in England after the death of Purcell. Book IV. Essay on the euphony or sweetness of languages and their fitness for music : 1. Of the invention of recitative, and establishment of the musical drama, or opera, in Italy --
2. Rise and progress of the sacred musical drama, or oratorio --
3. Of the opera buffa, or comic-opera, and intermezzi, or musical interludes, during the seventeenth century --
4. Of cantatas, or narrative chamber-music --
5. Attempts at dramatic music in England, previous to the establishment of the Italian opera --
6. Origin of the Italian opera in England, and its progress there during the present century --
7. Progress of the musical drama at Venice, during present century --
8. Progress of the musical drama at Naples, and account of the eminent composers and school of counterpoint of that city --
9. Opera composers employed at Rome, and tracts published in Italy on the theory and practice of music, during the present century --
10. Of the progress of music in Germany, during the present century --
11. Of the music of France during the present century --
12. General state of music in England during the present century.
Responsibility: with critical and historical notes by Frank Mercer.

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