The History of Music
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The History of Music

About the Book

This book is an easy to read collection of essays on the history of western music and the evolution of form in music composition. It also contains short essays on the music of number of other cultures. I trust you will enjoy it!

About the Author

Dr Robert Styles
Dr Robert Styles

I initially trained in music then, in a later chapter of my life, went on to become an academic doing applied research in the field of Contextual Behavioural Science through the Australian National University. Over the last couple of decades, this stream of activity has had me working with communities, organisations, and governments across the Australian, Pacific, African, Asian, European, and American regions. Presently, I am working with Prosocial World, an organisation that has developed a change method based on behavioural and evolutionary science that enhances cooperation and collaboration for groups of all types and sizes that is potentially effective on a global scale. When engaged, for me, this means co-designing behavioural and evolutionary approaches to realising environmental and socio-cultural resilience and wellbeing for those I am working with.

The approach I take to this work is captured in my two books, The Functional Self-Discrimination Measure and Interview and The ConversationThe Functional Self-Discrimination Measure & Interview provides a method for analysing language that has shown the way people describe their own and others’ behaviour predicts their long-term wellbeing. Applying this understanding has led to the design of healthy social behaviour by successfully identifying and aligning the intrinsically held values of community members. The Conversation translates this research agenda into an easy to read and evocative conversation that strives, with integrity, to answer the question, “What is important now and in the long run (for you and the significant others in your life)?” In this way, applying an empirically validated understanding of the function of language and cognition and how it regulates behaviour to reinforce prosocial and moral conduct in different contexts. The significance of these two books extends from the one-on-one session work of therapists and professional coaches with their clients to the work of leaders and change agents aiming to coordinate broader systemic change. The History of Music, reflects my enduring love of the art.

Table of Contents

From Chant to Organum

Ars Nova & the Early Renaissance

The High Renaissance

The Late Renaissance

The Baroque and its Beginnings

Early & Middle Baroque

Late Baroque

Classical Era

Three Great Classical Composers

Romantic Era

Early Romanticism in Germany

Romanticism Outside Germany and Austria 

Operatic Masters of the Romantic Era 

The Turn of the Century 

20th Century Music 

Popular Music 

Cultural European and Islamic Music 

Music of Black Africa and America 

Music of Eastern Asia 

Music of India 

The Enlargement of Orchestral Tonalities and Sonorities 

Climax of the Romantic Orchestra 

The Virtuoso Concerto and Concerto Grosso 

The Development of the Symphony

Symphony No1 by Beethoven

Symphony in D Minor by César Franck

Opera and Oratorio

Summary of Historical Periods

Summary of Form in Music Composition

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