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Western European historic music and instruments
Readings about Western European historic musics and instruments of the western orchestra with links to audio and visual materials.
Western European historic music eras
In addition to the many fine commercially available textbooks for music survey course and fine music encyclopedias behind the paywall (Oxford, and others), the resources below provide free and/or open overview of typical music survey course content.
History of Western Music (Naxos)
Brief overviews and timeline of western classical music history with lists of typical or major works for each era. Music links to Naxos catalog (behind paywall).
Music History 102
Overview of European music history, Medieval-20th century. Robert Sherrane, author
Period music (Nicholas McGegan)
Video: Nicholas McGegan describes historic, period music with music by the Philharmonia Baroque. Approximately 35 mins.
Music: Its language, history, and culture
Open Stax version of text used by many but not all sections of Music 1300 at Brooklyn College. This text is written by Conservatory of Music of Brooklyn College faculty and generously made available as an open access resource.
Music: its language, history, and culture
Open source web-enhanced text by Hager, Allen, Cohen, and Taylor generously made available as an open access resource. Includes links to open materials and materials available through the Brooklyn College library.
Learning to identify the western orchestral instruments