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It's the standard, but one can still wish for something new.
am 25. März 1999
Grout and Palisca are the Microsoft of music history. Over the years the book has been refined again and again to the point where the whole thing does what it does very well, has what an a very large number of people need, and is acceptably easy to use. On top of all that, it's been backed up with extraordinary marketing savvy. The result is that right now it has little serious competition. Which doesn't stop me from wishing there were a history of music that had flair, had a strong individual perspective, had a new way of looking at the world--none of which you'll find here.