The Story of Music: From Babylon to the Beatles: How Music Has Shaped Civilization - eBook
The Story of Music: From Babylon to the Beatles: How Music Has Shaped Civilization - eBook  -     By: Howard Goodall
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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Pegasus Books
Publication Date: 2014
ISBN: 9781480447622
ISBN-13: 9781480447622

Publisher's Description

Why did prehistoric people start making music? What does every postwar pop song have in common? A "masterful" tour of music through the ages (Booklist, starred review).
 
From Mozart to Motown and beyond, this "racily written, learned, and often shrewdly insightful" social history reveals music’s role in our societies as well as its power to affect us on a personal level (The Daily Telegraph).
 
Once a building block of communication and social ritual, today music is also a worldwide tangle of genres, industries, and identities. But how did we get from single notes to multilayered orchestration, from prehistoric instruments like bone flutes to modern-day pop? In this dynamic tour, acclaimed composer and broadcaster Howard Goodall leads us through the development of music as it happened, idea by idea. In Goodall’s telling, each innovation that we now take for grantedⷕharmony, notation, dance music, recordingⷕstrikes us anew. And along the way, Goodall gives listeners a crash course in how music works on a technical level.
 
The story of music is the story of human ambition: the urge to invent, to connect, to rebel. Offering "a lively zip through some forty-five millennia, jumping back and forth between classical, folk, and pop," Howard Goodall’s beautifully accessible and entertaining ode to joy is a groundbreaking look at just how far we’ve come (The Sunday Times, London).
 

Author Bio

Howard Goodall is an Emmy, BRIT, and BAFTA award–winning composer. In recent years he has been England’s first ever national ambassador for singing; the Classic BRIT composer of the year, and Classic FM’s composer-in-residence. He was appointed commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for in 2011 for services to music education.

Editorial Reviews

"Now comes Howard Goodall and everyone’s prayers are answered. He starts right at the beginning, with 25,000-year-old bone flutes. A racily written, learned, and often shrewdly insightful book." —The Daily Telegraph

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