Books from "Yale Music Masterworks"

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The Yale Music Masterworks series is devoted to the examination of single works, or groups of works, that have changed the course of Western music by virtue of their greatness. Some were recognized as masterpieces immediately upon creation. Others lay in obscurity for decades, to be uncovered and revered only by later generations. With the passage of time, however, all have emerged as cultural landmarks. The Masterworks volumes are written by specialists—historians and performers—who bring to their accounts the latest discoveries of modern scholarship. They examine the political, economic, and cultural background of the works. They consider such matters as genesis, reception, influence, and performance practices. But most importantly, they explore the music itself and attempt to pinpoint the qualities that make it transcendent. The result is a series of comprehensive, engaging books that will be of interest to students, performers, scholars, and devotees alike.

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