Though musicians could not draw on rediscovered classical texts, as
writers, and plastic artists could, Ongaro (says that between about
1425 and 1600, music underwent the same kind of change as other
professions in Europe at about the same time.
?Ongaro provides nonmusicians with a thoughtful perspective on Renaissance music as it developed not only within its own domain but as a greater part of European society and cultural life in its entirety. The author presents the regional stylistic developments with clarity and highlights pivotal composers' place in history for readers to subsequently explore....Ongaro's language is appropriate for the uninitiated becoming acquainted with this vast body of music, which is too-often neglected in the mainstream outlets of art music and within the popular media. Indeed, this would be a great place for a budding young musicologist to start in order to observe how the broader scope of history is made whole with the discipline. Highly recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates; general readers.?-Choice