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Popular History of the Art of Music

W. S. B. Mathews (1837-1912)

1. 00 - PREFACE AND INTRODUCTION
2. 01 - MUSIC AMONG THE ANCIENT EGYPTIANS
3. 02 - MUSIC AMONG THE HEBREWS AND ASSYRIANS.
4. 03 - MUSIC AMONG THE ANCIENT GREEKS.
5. 04 - MUSIC IN INDIA, CHINA AND JAPAN.
6. 05 - THE NATURE OF THE TRANSFORMATION, AND THE AGENCIES EFFECTING IT.
7. 06 - THE MINSTRELS OF THE NORTH.
8. 07 -THE ARABS OR SARACENS.
9. 08 - ORIGIN OF THE GREAT FRENCH EPICS.
10. 09 - THE TROUBADOURS, TROUVÈRES AND MINNESINGERS.
11. 10 - THE INFLUENCE OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH.
12. 11 - THE DIDACTIC OF MUSIC FROM THE FIFTH CENTURY TO THE FOURTEENTH.
13. 12 - THE RISE OF POLYPHONY. OLD FRENCH AND GALLO-BELGIC SCHOOLS.
14. 13 - THE SCHOOLS OF THE NETHERLANDS.
15. 14 - POLYPHONIC SCHOOLS OF ITALY. PALESTRINA.
16. 15 - THE CHANGES IN MUSICAL NOTATION.
17. 16 - MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS. THE VIOLIN, ORGAN, ETC.
18. 17 - CONDITION OF MUSIC AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY.
19. 18 - FIRST CENTURY OF ITALIAN OPERA AND DRAMATIC SONG.
20. 19 - BEGINNINGS OF OPERA IN FRANCE AND GERMANY.
21. 20 - THE PROGRESS OF ORATORIO.
22. 21 - BEGINNINGS OF INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC.
23. 22 - GENERAL VIEW OF MUSIC IN THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY.
24. 23 - JOHN SEBASTIAN BACH.
25. 24 - GEO. FREDERICK HÄNDEL.
26. 25 - EMANUEL BACH; HAYDN; THE SONATA.
27. 26 - MOZART AND HIS GENIUS.
28. 27 - BEETHOVEN AND HIS WORKS.
29. 28 - HAYDN, MOZART AND BEETHOVEN COMPARED.
30. 29 - OPERA IN THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY.
31. 30 - PIANO PLAYING AND VIRTUOSI; THE VIOLIN; TARTINI AND SPOHR.
32. 31 - THE NINETEENTH CENTURY, THE ROMANTIC; MUSIC OF THE FUTURE.
33. 32 - SCHUBERT AND THE ROMANTIC.
34. 33 - THE STORY OF THE PIANOFORTE.
35. 34 - GERMAN OPERA; WEBER, MEYERBEER AND WAGNER.
36. 35 - VIRTUOSITY IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURY; PAGANINI; BERLIOZ; CHOPIN; LISZT.
37. 36 - MENDELSSOHN AND SCHUMANN.
38. 37 - ITALIAN OPERA DURING THE NINETEENTH CENTURY.
39. 38 - FRENCH OPERATIC COMPOSERS OF THE NINETEENTH CENTURY.
40. 39 - LATER COMPOSERS AND PERFORMERS.

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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.