The summer reading list is a tradition as old as the printed word and the acknowledgment of seasons. Having been a careless and fancy free performer for the past several summers said reading list usually consists of cleanup on a series of esoteric topics and angular science fiction/steampunk novels. But now I am a musicologist, and thus this has become Serious Business. The goal is not just to pass the looming entrance exams, but to the pass them with the grace and brutality of the ninja. Therein, the following schedule has been developed.
Eric Salzman - Twentieth Century Music: An Introduction Carl Dahlhaus - Nineteenth Century Music Charles Rosen - The Classical Style Claude Palisca - Baroque Music Allan Atlas - Renaissance Music Jeremy Yudkin - Music in Medieval Europe
For bonus points:
Douglass Seaton - Ideas and Style in the Western Musical Tradition Actually finish the goddamn Alex Ross
This will be accompanied by marching through all 173 selections in the Norton and doing at least nominal score study for each one. We will surely perish. Any thoughts?