What are MITA’s tables of contents?

We use the term tables (plural) of contents because, unlike paper-bound textbooks, MITA offers eight different ways of sorting and approaching centuries of music. Below, we have laid out the contents of MITA’s “An Eventful Story” by periods and chapters, which is the chronological approach taken by most music books with which students and instructors may be familiar. However, we encourage educators to consider all types of lenses! Other ways of sorting “An Eventful Story” include by preludes (the extra-musical historical overviews that give context to the music), styles (like Renaissance and Modernism but also sub-styles like the motet and twelve-tone), composer biographies (jump to the overview of any composer in MITA, listed alphabetically or chronologically), works (find the overview of a specific work), genres & categories (opera, orchestral, electronic, etc.), historical windows (special features from every era like “A Choirboy’s Life at Notre Dame” and “The New Orleans Brass Band”), and geographical regions (works in MITA from Austria/Germany, the United States, the Middle East, etc.).

Updated March 20, 2019. For the most up-to-date list, view these tables of contents from within a version of MITA.

Periods and Chapters from “An Eventful Story”

Book 1: Prehistory through the Renaissance
The Middle Ages (ca. 30,000 BCE – 1430 CE)

Prelude: Prehistoric, Ancient, and Medieval Worlds
Chapter 1: The Greek Heritage / Medieval Monophony
Chapter 2: Medieval Polyphony
Interlude: Europeans Take the World

The Renaissance (ca. 1430-1600)

Prelude: The Age of Humanism
Chapter 3: Secular Music at Court
Chapter 4: Music for State and Church

Book 2: Early & Late Baroque
The Early Baroque (ca. 1600-1690)

Prelude: The Age of Absolutism
Chapter 5: Instruments in Italy and Germany
Chapter 6: The Birth of Opera
Interlude: Indigenous Peoples and American Colonists

The Late Baroque (ca. 1690-1750)

Prelude: The Age of Enlightenment
Chapter 7: Instrumental Music
Chapter 8: Vocal Music: Opera, Oratorio, Cantata, and Mass

Book 3: The Viennese “Classical” Style
The Viennese “Classical” Style (ca. 1750-1828)

Prelude: The Age of Revolution
Chapter 9: The Rise of the Symphony
Chapter 10: Concerto and Quartet
Chapter 11: Mozart in Opera and Church
Chapter 12: Beethoven: Heroism and Contemplation
Chapter 13: Late Beethoven: Disruption and Transcendence
Chapter 14: Toward Romanticism: Rossini, Weber, Schubert
Interlude: Africa Out of History

Book 4: Romanticism
[Full-Blown] Romanticism (ca. 1829-1875)

Prelude: The Creed of Individualism
Chapter 15: Romanticism in Paris
Chapter 16: Virtuosos and Pianists
Chapter 17: Absolute Music, Tone Poems, Popular Music
Chapter 18: Romantic Opera in Italy and France
Chapter 19: Romantic Opera in Germany
Interlude: The Faces of Colonialism

Book 5: Post-Romanticism & Early Modernism
Post-Romanticism (ca. 1875-1909)

Prelude: Preparing for the End of the World
Chapter 20: Nationalism
Chapter 21: The Twilight of Romanticism

Early Modernism (ca. 1900-1930)

Prelude: The End of the World, Part I
Chapter 22: The French [Musical] Revolution
Chapter 23: Expressionism and Serialism in Vienna
Chapter 24: America: Tragedy and Coming of Age
Chapter 25: Jazz: A Uniquely American Music
Chapter 26: Responses to Jazz; Neoclassicism

Book 6: Late Modernism & the Digital Age
Late Modernism (ca. 1930-1960)

Prelude: The End of the World, Part II
Chapter 27: Emigrés and the Americas
Chapter 28: Manifestations of Populism
Chapter 29: Traditionalists and Mavericks
Chapter 30: Jazz: Bebop and Beyond

The Digital Age (ca. 1950 on)

Prelude: After the End of the World
Chapter 31: The Postwar Avant Garde
Chapter 32: Popular Music and the Media Explosion
Chapter 33: The Counterculture (1963-1974)
Chapter 34: After Peace and Love
Chapter 35: Postmodernism
Chapter 36: Minimalism and Its Ethos
Chapter 37: After Minimalism
Chapter 38: Everything Is Everywhere

Book 7: Some Musics of the World
Some Musics of the World

Prelude: Profile of an Ethnomusicologist
Chapter 39: Music and Instruments of China
Chapter 40: Music of the Middle East
Chapter 41: Bulgarian Folk Music
Postlude: Reclaiming Musical Worlds
Where Do We Go from Here?

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