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Five Straight Lines

A History of Music

Five Straight Lines

A History of Music

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£30.00

Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781781257777
Number of Pages: 656
Published: 18/11/2021
Width: 15.8 cm
Height: 23.6 cm
'Fascinating ... Composer Andrew Gant is a masterful guide, introducing readers to the major players and key themes of an entrancing topic.' BBC History Magazine Whether you prefer Baroque or pop, Theremins or violins, the music you love and listen to shapes your world. But what shaped the music? Ranging across time and space, this book takes us on a grand musical tour from music's origins in prehistory right up to the twenty-first century. Charting the leaps in technology, thought and practice that led to extraordinary revolutions of music in each age, the book takes us through medieval Europe, Renaissance Italy and Jazz era America to reveal the rich history of music we still listen to today. From Mozart to McCartney, Schubert to Schoenberg, Professor Andrew Gant brings to life the people who made the music, their techniques and instruments, as well as the places their music was played, from sombre churches to rowdy taverns, stately courts to our very own homes.

Andrew Gant

Andrew Gant is a composer, choirmaster, university teacher and writer. He lectures in music at St Peter's College, Oxford, and has directed the choirs of The Guards' Chapel, Worcester College Oxford, and Her Majesty's Chapel Royal. He is the author of O Sing unto the Lord and Christmas Carols.

What an enjoyable read this is. ... Andrew Gant quite rightly goes back into the distant past (before anything was written down) and comes right up to date, even speculating in an epilogue what the next million years might bring. ... The joy of this history is the extra bits of information which he includes. ... An entertaining history * Church Times * A genial, approachable narrator, with a welcome glint in his eye ... I came away charmed by Gant's clever turn of phrase, grateful for his distilled clarity of thought * Spectator * Praise for O Sing Unto the Lord 'Excellent ... This authoritative and engaging history brings ... light and warmth to the subject * Sunday Times * An indispensable guide to a great tradition - and a very good read. -- Catherine Bott, Presenter, Classic FM An illuminating and entertaining history ... without recourse to pedantry or jargon. * Literary Review * I would urge everybody interested in English history to buy this book at once -- Nico Muhly * New York Times * An enjoyable read ... Entertaining history * Church Times *

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