xv, 489 p. : ill., port., facsims., music ; 24 cm.
Music--17th century--History and criticism. Music--18th century--History and criticism.
Music History; Music Criticism; Seventeenth Century; Eighteenth Century; Baroque Era
ML 193 .B84 M87 1947
Bukofzer, Manfred F. Music in the Baroque Era: From Monteverdi to Bach, 1st ed. New York: W.W. Norton, 1947.
First English language attempt (1947) to survey the history of the baroque era, with a focus on the music rather than the biographical lives of the composers.
Covers the styles in music from Monteverdi to Bach. Focuses on discussions of stylistic trends and characteristics, while biographical information on composers is generally avoided. The bibliography at the end contains books on baroque music that primarily consider the styles of the composers and their music (not biographical information).
The author attempted to organize the book by style and not strictly chronologically. Chapters titles are: Renaissance versus Baroque Music; Early Baroque in Italy; Early and Middle Baroque int he Northern Countries; Italian Music of the Middle Baroque; French Music under the Absolutism; English Music during the Commonwealth and Restoration; Late Baroque - Luxuriant Counterpoint and Concerto Style; Fusion of National Styles - Bach; Coordination of National Styles - Handel; Form in Baroque Music; Musical Thought of the Baroque Era; Sociology of Baroque Music; and Appendices (including a checklist of Baroque books on music and a bibliography). Useful subheadings are also provided under each chapter, making it easy to locate information on a very specific topic.