A Popular History of the Art of Music


Read by Tony Oliva

(4.2 stars; 5 reviews)

Preface by W.S.B. Mathews: I have here endeavored to provide a readable account of the entire history of the art of music, within the compass of a single small volume, and to treat the luxuriant and many-sided later development with the particularity proportionate to its importance, and the greater interest appertaining to it from its proximity to the times of the reader.

The range of the work can be most easily estimated from the Table of Contents (pages 5-10). It will be seen that I have attempted to cover the same extent of history, in treating of which the standard musical histories of Naumann, Ambros, Fétis and others have employed from three times to ten times as much space. In the nature of the case there will be differences of opinion among competent judges concerning my success in this difficult undertaking. Upon this point I can only plead absolute sincerity of purpose, and a certain familiarity with the ground to be covered, due to having treated it in my lectures in the Chicago Musical College for five years, to the extent of about thirty-five lectures yearly. I have made free use of all the standard histories—those of Fétis, Ambros, Naumann, Brendel, Gevaert, Hawkins, Burney, the writings of Dr. Hugo Riemann, Dr. Ritter, Prof. Fillmore, and the dictionaries of Grove and Mendel, as well as many monographs in all the leading modern languages. (14 hr 49 min)

Chapters

00 - PREFACE AND INTRODUCTION 21:15 Read by Tony Oliva
01 - MUSIC AMONG THE ANCIENT EGYPTIANS 17:16 Read by Tony Oliva
02 - MUSIC AMONG THE HEBREWS AND ASSYRIANS. 11:24 Read by Tony Oliva
03 - MUSIC AMONG THE ANCIENT GREEKS. 46:07 Read by Tony Oliva
04 - MUSIC IN INDIA, CHINA AND JAPAN. 11:39 Read by Tony Oliva
05 - THE NATURE OF THE TRANSFORMATION, AND THE AGENCIES EFFECTING IT. 12:01 Read by Tony Oliva
06 - THE MINSTRELS OF THE NORTH. 32:31 Read by Tony Oliva
07 -THE ARABS OR SARACENS. 9:16 Read by Tony Oliva
08 - ORIGIN OF THE GREAT FRENCH EPICS. 11:30 Read by Tony Oliva
09 - THE TROUBADOURS, TROUVÈRES AND MINNESINGERS. 9:15 Read by Tony Oliva
10 - THE INFLUENCE OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH. 13:19 Read by Tony Oliva
11 - THE DIDACTIC OF MUSIC FROM THE FIFTH CENTURY TO THE FOURTEENTH. 26:03 Read by Tony Oliva
12 - THE RISE OF POLYPHONY. OLD FRENCH AND GALLO-BELGIC SCHOOLS. 24:49 Read by Tony Oliva
13 - THE SCHOOLS OF THE NETHERLANDS. 16:18 Read by Tony Oliva
14 - POLYPHONIC SCHOOLS OF ITALY. PALESTRINA. 20:44 Read by Tony Oliva
15 - THE CHANGES IN MUSICAL NOTATION. 19:56 Read by Tony Oliva
16 - MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS. THE VIOLIN, ORGAN, ETC. 29:52 Read by Tony Oliva
17 - CONDITION OF MUSIC AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY. 20:19 Read by Tony Oliva
18 - FIRST CENTURY OF ITALIAN OPERA AND DRAMATIC SONG. 22:27 Read by Tony Oliva
19 - BEGINNINGS OF OPERA IN FRANCE AND GERMANY. 15:06 Read by Tony Oliva
20 - THE PROGRESS OF ORATORIO. 8:09 Read by Tony Oliva
21 - BEGINNINGS OF INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC. 14:52 Read by Tony Oliva
22 - GENERAL VIEW OF MUSIC IN THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY. 8:37 Read by Tony Oliva
23 - JOHN SEBASTIAN BACH. 14:53 Read by Tony Oliva
24 - GEO. FREDERICK HÄNDEL. 16:37 Read by Tony Oliva
25 - EMANUEL BACH; HAYDN; THE SONATA. 19:07 Read by Tony Oliva
26 - MOZART AND HIS GENIUS. 22:06 Read by Tony Oliva
27 - BEETHOVEN AND HIS WORKS. 18:45 Read by Tony Oliva
28 - HAYDN, MOZART AND BEETHOVEN COMPARED. 19:21 Read by Tony Oliva
29 - OPERA IN THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY. 48:22 Read by Tony Oliva
30 - PIANO PLAYING AND VIRTUOSI; THE VIOLIN; TARTINI AND SPOHR. 33:07 Read by Tony Oliva
31 - THE NINETEENTH CENTURY, THE ROMANTIC; MUSIC OF THE FUTURE. 16:05 Read by Tony Oliva
32 - SCHUBERT AND THE ROMANTIC. 20:49 Read by Tony Oliva
33 - THE STORY OF THE PIANOFORTE. 19:57 Read by Tony Oliva
34 - GERMAN OPERA; WEBER, MEYERBEER AND WAGNER. 45:39 Read by Tony Oliva
35 - VIRTUOSITY IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURY; PAGANINI; BERLIOZ; CHOPIN; LISZT. 48:48 Read by Tony Oliva
36 - MENDELSSOHN AND SCHUMANN. 45:16 Read by Tony Oliva
37 - ITALIAN OPERA DURING THE NINETEENTH CENTURY. 19:31 Read by Tony Oliva
38 - FRENCH OPERATIC COMPOSERS OF THE NINETEENTH CENTURY. 17:43 Read by Tony Oliva
39 - LATER COMPOSERS AND PERFORMERS. 40:57 Read by Tony Oliva

Reviews

(5 stars)

Probably one of the best produced Libravox recordings I’ve ever heard. Tony Olivia ought to get an A+ just for the pronunciations of all the names and titles.

(1 stars)

Monotone and difficult to follow due to lack of normal inflections.