The Story of Civilization, Vol. II: The Life of Greece by Will Durant

From the shadows of myth and legend, to the honor of Sparta, to the glory of Athens, to the triumph of Alexander and beyond, the story of Western civilization begins.  Having built the foundation with his impressive survey of the East, Will Durant starts us off on a far more intricate survey of the West … Continue reading The Story of Civilization, Vol. II: The Life of Greece by Will Durant

New Books

I had a couple of books arrive yesterday that I'm most keen to read.  One isn't on Audible yet, and the other has a narrator that bothers me to no end, so... paper it is.  Not that there's ever a problem with that. One of the side effects of going to Scarborough every year is that … Continue reading New Books

Medieval Music: A Norton Introduction to Music History by Richard H. Hoppin

This is the first volume in the Norton Introduction to Music History series.  I do not have any others in this series, but I can tell you each volume in this series has accompanying recorded anthology box set. The book is from 1978.  By this point, the Early Music revival was in full swing, having … Continue reading Medieval Music: A Norton Introduction to Music History by Richard H. Hoppin

The Book of the Courtier: Il Cortegiano by Baldassare Castiglione

The Italian Renaissance.  We all know it.  It's that brief time in history where powerful families and political factions were dealing death on the streets while artistic geniuses put their indelible stamp on the world.  The upheaval of that time forged the modern world.  To survive in that world, one had to have sprezzatura, that easy-going, effortless … Continue reading The Book of the Courtier: Il Cortegiano by Baldassare Castiglione

The Carmina Burana: Songs from Benediktbeuern, 3rd Edition by Tariq William Marshall

This book was an absolute joy. I've been fascinated with the Carmina Burana for a good portion of my life, but it was only in recent years that I've been able to better appreciate the idea of the work above and beyond Carl Orff's interpretation.  Since discovering the origin and some of the lyrics in … Continue reading The Carmina Burana: Songs from Benediktbeuern, 3rd Edition by Tariq William Marshall