'A History of Western Music' has been recognized as the finest survey of Western art music since its appearance in 1960. With its thorough yet accessible overview of the field, this book has enlightened multitudes of students and connoisseurs. In preparing this sixth edition, Claude Palisca has been assisted by an editorial advisory board of musicologists who are distinguished both for their scholarly achievements and their teaching excellence. The number of maps has been increased, and all the maps were redrawn to make them clearer and easier for students to use. In addition, this book offers headings, subheadings, and marginal headings that provide a clear and consistent outline. Technical discussions, and dozens of vignettes offer the wisdom of composers and writers in their own words. Sixteen full-color plates and numerous black-and-white images illustrate specific musical points and show music making in its social context.