A Short History of Classical Music

Today the compositions of European composers, from Bach via Händel down to Richard Strauss, are played all over the world. In this book, Ingo Harden, one of the best experts on the musical tradition of Europe, explains the evolution of musical forms from the 17th to the 20th century and traces their interplay with the main trends of European thought over the same period.

Nowadays the term „classical music“ does not only only refer to the Vienna classical school of Mozart and Haydn, it is also applied to baroque, Romantic and Late Romantic music. European music was rationalistic in the heyday of 17th century rationalism, later on it was by turns enlightened, idealistic, romantic and modern. As intellectual Europe re-invented itself time and time again, music was not content to just follow suit and „keep step“, but helped initiate many a movement by contributing its own input. Thus classical music is an integral part of the cultural heritage of mankind.

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Ingo Harden

Ingo Harden, born in 1928, studied music and piano, and from 1964 to 1976 was the editor-in-chief of FonoForum, a magazine for classical music. From 1964 he sat on the jury of the Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik (German Record Critics’ Award). Later he became Acting Secretary for that panel, a post he held until 2000. From 1977 to 1991 he was Germany’s representative for the International Record Critics’ Award. He also worked for decades as a critic for specialist magazines, daily newspapers such as F.A.Z. and Welt, and radio stations, as well as writing books.

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