Manfred Fritz Bukofzer (March 27, – December 7, ) was a German- American Manfred Bukofzer, Music in the Baroque Era. New York, W.W. Norton & Co., ISBN Donor challenge: Your generous donation will be matched 2-to-1 right now. Your $5 becomes $15! Dear Internet Archive Supporter,. I ask only once a year. Music in the Baroque Era has 26 ratings and 2 reviews. Jarrod said: A very comprehensive and didactic analysis on the music of the Baroque period. I woul.. .

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This vintage book contains a comprehensive treatise of Baroque music. It was written for the music student and music lover, with the aim of acquainting them with this great period of music history and helping them to gain a historical understanding of music without which baroque music cannot be fully appreciated and enjoyed. Written in simple, plain language and full of fascinating information about baroque music, this text will appeal to those interested in music but who have little previous knowledge of baroque, and it would make for a most worthy addition to collections of music-related literature.

The chapters of this book include: We are republishing this antiquarian volume now in an affordable, modern edition complete with a new prefatory biography of the author.

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Music in the baroque era, from Monteverdi to Bach

Classical on music of the Baroque Era. The book was heavily defaced with notes and underlining on almost every page.


The image does not correspond to the book. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. However, the content is very good. Bukofsky’s book is definitely one of the best around on the subject.

Although written inthis book remains a very fine text baroqque what we call the Baroque era of music. This is roughly the transition caused by the aesthetics of the Florentine Camerata at the end of the 16th century through the culmination of the late Baroque in Bach and Handel.

Music in the Baroque Era by Manfred F. Bukofzer

Bach’s bukofzfr and their contemporaries were the transition towards the Classic period Gallant and Rococo. The writing is clear with lots of helpful musical examples and illustrations. More than just a chronology or lists of dates and names, there is a great deal of focus on style that helps us understand what the people of those years said they were trying to achieve with their music and art. Bukofzer is bukofze excellent in pointing out the differences in the aesthetics of various countries.

It was bqroque like our time where everything is broadcast at once by the media or produced in vast quantities by huge manufacturing concerns. Ideas traveled more slowly from court to court and at varying rates. Sometimes the changes varoque more quickly than others. And, as always, there are differences between what the people in the sixteenth, seventeenth, and early eighteenth centuries thought was valuable and what we value two or three hundred years later.

The extensive bibliography is still valuable even if it baroquf include the huge number of valuable publications on this subject that have been published in the last fifty years. It is not that this book is outdated. What it discusses it discusses very well.

However, a great deal of research and thinking about the Baroque has been done in the past twenty or thirty years and your reading and listening will have to become informed by this later work as well.


Just don’t miss out on buiofzer wonderful book, especially since used copies can be had so inexpensively! More than 50 years after its publication, Professor Bukofzer’s book remains as an examplar of how to discuss musical style.

His revelatory insights into the origins and details of Baroque style have set standards respected and imitated by generations of scholars. Another beauty of the book is the clarity and accessibility of his ideas.

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Performers, amateurs, and scholars will all find many interesting ideas in this book. Some details of chronology and attribution of music have since been corrected in more recent scholarly books, but the real value of this book is in the excellent discussions of the origin of style, and Bokofzer’s gift is timeless. Anyone who reads music and has an interest in Baroque music will find this book to be well-written and of immense value. See all 5 reviews. There’s a problem loading this menu right now.

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