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The History and Theory of Music

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The History and Theory of Music

Welcome to the History and Theory of Music course. Please user the slider above to change the year and navigate the syllabus.

Throughout the syllabus, you will see certain symbols to indicate different types of lessons:

  • Composers
  • Music Theory
  • Map
  • Place Focus
  • Quizzes

Unmarked links represent historical developments.


American Museum of Natural History. "Anne and Bernard Spitzer Hall of Human Origins." New York: 2019.

Backus, John. The Acoustical Foundations of Music. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1969.

Botsford, Ward. "Giuseppe Verdi." Allegro Music Masters. ACS 8517, Vox Productions, Inc., 1961.

Burkholder, J. Peter. The Norton Anthology of Western Music, Fifth Edition. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2006.

Burrows, John. Classical Music. New York: Metro Books, 2004.

Cooper, Paul. Perspectives in Music Theory. New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1973.

Forney, Kristine. The Norton Scores, Ninth Edition. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 2003.

Kean, Gerald. "Johann Strauss." Allegro Music Masters. ACS 8514, Vox Productions, Inc., 1959.

Kuranda, Marianne. "Joseph Haydn." Allegro Music Masters. ACS 8508, Vox Productions, Inc., 1959.

Kuranda, Marianne. "Richard Wagner." Allegro Music Masters. ACS 8509, Vox Productions, Inc., 1960.

Kuranda, Marianne. "Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky." Allegro Music Masters. ACS 8512, Vox Productions, Inc., 1959.

Lebrecht, Norman. The Book of Musical Anecdotes. New York: The Free Press, 1985.

Menuhin, Yehudi and Davis, Curtis W. The Music of Man. New York: Methuen Inc., 1979.

Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Musical Instruments." New York: 2019.

Morgenstern, Sam. Composers on Music. New York: Pantheon Books Inc., 1956.

Orrey, Leslie and Milnes, Rodney. Opera: A Concise History. London: Thames & Hudson Ltd., 1972, revised and updated edition 1987.

Parker, Philip. World History. New York: Metro Books, 2010.

Rifkin et al. North European Baroque Masters. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1980.

Rossi, Nick and Raffery, Sadie. Music through the Centuries. Boston: Bruce Humphries Publishers, 1963.

Seaton, Douglass. Ideas and Styles in the Western Musical Tradition. Mountain View, CA: Mayfield Publishing Company, 1991.

Simon, Alfred. "John Philip Sousa." Allegro Music Masters. ACS 8515, Vox Productions, Inc., 1959.

Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. "David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins." Washington, DC: 2019.

Woods, Thomas. How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization. Washington, DC: Regnery Publishing, 2012.