The History of Music (Volume 1)
by Emil Naumann
Scholar and composer Emil Naumann (1827-88) studied with Mendelssohn, and his compositions reflect the style of his teacher. He published several ... Show synopsis Scholar and composer Emil Naumann (1827-88) studied with Mendelssohn, and his compositions reflect the style of his teacher. He published several works on musical aesthetics and history, of which Illustrierte Musikgeschichte, written between 1880 and 1885, is his best known. It went through many editions and this English translation, first published in 1888, was prepared by the composer, pianist and writer Ferdinand Praeger (1815-91). To rectify the work's marked neglect of English music, chapters were added by its editor, the eminent Victorian musician Sir Frederick Gore Ouseley (1825-89), Professor of Music at Oxford. Lavishly illustrated and with musical examples throughout, this two-volume history was intended to 'aid in fostering ever-increasing interest in the most emotional and cherished of all the arts'. Volume 1 covers the music of ancient civilisations through to the eighteenth century. Volume 2 covers the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and includes an index.