The Life of Music: New Adventures in the Western Musical Tradition
September 1, 2021
Western classical music has a long and fascinating history, which Nicholas Kenyon illuminates in several ways. Each chapter has a topical title such as “Chant” or “Masters,” and they proceed sequentially in time from early (35,000 years ago in a German cave) to late (Hamilton on Broadway). Kenyon is an expert on early music, having edited a book about it and as a member of the editorial board of the journal Early Music. Beginning with some of the first notated music of classical Greece, he takes us on a detailed journey through the gorgeous and increasingly complex world of medieval and Renaissance music. Along the way, we are always made aware of the influence these composers and their music have on each other.