Books Richard Taruskin Books by Richard Taruskin Richard Taruskin has written books about: Arts & Entertainment Nonfiction Facebook Twitter Google+ Email NPR stories about Richard Taruskin History of Western Music The 20th and 21st Centuries December 10, 2004 While some of the music created in the mid-20th and early 21st centuries has never found an audience, there are contemporary composers who have achieved both critical acclaim and commercial success. Musicologist Richard Taruskin discusses the current era of music. History of Western Music America Between the Wars December 9, 2004 After World War I, an entire generation of American composers went to Paris initiating a musical exchange of ideas between the U.S. and France. Oddly enough, it was in Paris, through the eyes of the French, that expatriate composers started to appreciate their American roots. History of Western Music Nationalism in Music December 8, 2004 The music of Mikhail Glinka earned him credit for launching Russian nationalism. But his most famous opera, "A Life for the Tsar," is filled with the music of Poland, not Russia. Musicologist Richard Taruskin explores national identity in music. History of Western Music The Class of 1685: Bach, Handel and Scarlatti December 7, 2004 In 1685, within a period of eight months, three master composers were born: Scarlatti, Handel and Bach. Although each was extremely influential, they worked in very different ways because of their contrasting demands. Richard Taruskin, discusses the divergent paths of these three men. History of Western Music Early Music of the Church December 6, 2004 When European musical notation began in the 8th and 9th centuries, the Western world was already filled with music. Sacred chants and secular songs were rich with melody, rhythm and harmony. Richard Taruskin begins our chronicle with the early music of the church.