New publication: Music of the Three Great Eras by Sioned Webb

Date: January 2013

In the history of music, the Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods play a fundamental role. What kind of music do we associate with those three periods? What is a sonata? Or a concerto, opera, symphony or lied? How did these forms develop, and which composers are associated with them? The aim of this book is to answer those questions.

It is a practical guide where thirty individual works from the three great eras are analysed. The two CDs that accompany the book are essential tools in that analysis, with over two hours of wide ranging musical works.

Eric W. Phillips, WJEC Chief Examiner for A Level Music 2012, said: Following the success of her ‘Music of the Twentieth Century’, Sioned Webb has produced another excellent book. She covers the music of these three periods in an informative, appealing and stimulating way, and the book is presented in a series of concise and thought-provoking chapters.
Llio Penri, Head of Music, Ysgol Bro Ddyfi, Machynlleth, said: This is an exceptional resource for secondary school pupils, or indeed for anyone with the desire to deepen their musical understanding. In a clear, practical, analytical style, this is a book that makes us think about what we hear.

Sioned Webb is a musician with many years of experience as a music teacher and piano tutor. She worked as Head of Music at Ysgol Tryfan, Bangor, and then as Artistic Director of the William Mathias Music Centre, Caernarfon. She is now a freelance tutor, accompanist, composer, lecturer and harpist. She is the author of Cerddoriaeth Ddu’r Ugeinfed Ganrif (Black Music of the Twentieth Century), The Music of Wales, and Music of the Twentieth Century.

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