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A Little History of Music, Philip

A Little History of Music, Philip

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Human beings have always made music. Music can move us and tell stories of faith, struggle and love. It is common to all cultures across the world, but how has it changed over the millennia?

Robert Philip explores the extraordinary history of music in all its forms, from our earliest ancestors to today’s mass-produced songs — a truly global story. Looking to Europe, South America, Asia, Africa and beyond, Philip reveals how musicians have been brought together by trade and migration and examines the vast impact of colonialism. From Hildegard von Bingen and Clara Schumann to Bob Dylan and Aretha Franklin, great performers and composers have profoundly shaped music as we know it.

Covering a remarkable range of genres, including medieval chant, classical opera, jazz and hip hop, this Little History shines a light on the wonder of music and why it is treasured around the world.

Robert Philip was formerly a senior lecturer in music at the Open University and is a well-known presenter on BBC Radio. He is the author of The Classical Music Lover’s Companion to Orchestral Music and the award-winning Performing Music in the Age of Recording.

Author: Robert Philip
Format: Hardcover, 312 pages
Publisher: Yale University Press (2023)
ISBN: 9780300257748

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