Various Artists

The World of Music: Seventh Edition

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Designed to accompany David Willoughby's 1990 music appreciation book of the same title, The World of Music is a triple-disc survey from Sony that spans the different styles and genres that are covered in the text. Because so much music is sampled over the set's 78 tracks, many of the selections are short and direct, the better to point out the main characteristics of folk, blues, jazz, rock, international, classical, and other categories. Willoughby's background as a bassist in classical and jazz music, and his years as host of a public radio program that broadcast a wide variety of music, qualify him to approach his subject with a wider scope than many other musicology courses offer. About half of this package is devoted to the western classics, and music from Gregorian chant to modernism is explored with a light touch. Newcomers to classical music will find this collection to be too broad for their interest, but those following along with the book will find many new musical directions to investigate.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:05
2 1:25
String Quartet in C, Op. 33, No. 2
3
2.
1:18
4 1:10
5 1:15
6 1:46
7 1:40
8 2:58
9 1:46
10 3:38
11 1:16
Lord of the Dance
12 3:17
13 3:03
14 3:06
15 2:17
16 3:27
17 1:48
18 1:31
19 2:50
20 2:31
21 1:18
22 2:36
23 2:25
24 4:01
25 1:41
26 4:30
27 3:18
28 1:43
29 3:28
30 1:34
31 2:39

Track Listing - Disc 2

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:11
2 1:17
3 3:41
4 4:32
5 1:29
6 1:41
7 1:55
8 2:41
9 2:01
10 1:32
11 2:04
12 1:18
13 0:54
14 1:47
15 2:14
Missa Benedicta es
16 3:39
17 2:05
18 0:58
19 2:04
20 2:00
21 3:35
22 3:45
Concerto Grosso, Op. 6, No. 8 "Christmas Concerto"
23
4.
0:59
24
5.
1:31
25
6.
1:25
Prelude and Fugue in C minor (WTC I)
26 1:38
Le Sommeil d'Ulisse
27 2:56
Cantata No. 140 "Wachet Auf Ruft uns die Stimme"
28
7.
1:25
29 2:20
Music from the Royal Fireworks
30
2:19
31
2:15
Le Nozze di Figaro
32 3:17
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