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Roots of the classical : the popular origins of western music

Author: Peter Van der Merwe
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book investigates the complex (and frequently hushed up) ancestry of the Western classics. It examines Renaissance lute tunes, Gypsy dances, Viennese waltzes, Italian opera, Wagner, Debussy, the early blues, and much else, always with an eye to similarities rather than differences. Roots of the Classical is primarily a study in musical evolution, like Peter Van der Merwe's previous book, Origins of the Popular
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Van der Merwe
ISBN: 0198166478 9780198166474
OCLC Number: 51109181
Description: xvii, 558 pages : music ; 25 cm
Contents: pt. 1. The melodic foundations --
1. The subtle mathematics of music --
2. The Ramellian paradigm --
3. The children's chant --
4. The pentatonic scale --
pt. 2. The harmonic revolution --
5. Primitive harmony --
6. The discovery of tonality --
7. Rivals to tonality --
8. Dissonance and discord --
9. The evolution of tonality.
Responsibility: Peter Van der Merwe.

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Sets out the fundamental laws of melody and harmony, and sketches the development of tonality between the fifteenth and eighteenth centuries. The author focuses on the years 1770-1910, treating the  Read more...

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