Through the Centuries"
2005 by Rising World Entertainment
Through the Centuries is a book by
composer Don Robertson
published exclusively on DoveSong.com.
Written during 2004 and 2005, it presents the evolution of the
classical music of the European tradition through the past
centuries and describes for the first time the story of how each
new step in the evolution transpired
within the framework of each century, with the first signs of
the new century's music occurring at the beginning of that
who was the first to call the 20th Century "the Century of
Negative Music" in 1969, unfolds the background for
this statement and tells the story of how discordant music
became the primary form of classical music until the late 1960s,
when tonality and consonance slowly began reappearing. He
describes the influence of North Indian Classical music on our
culture and talks about how "new age music" came about.
Through the Century's last chapter on
the music of the 21st century presents the author's ideas and
insight into the next evolution of the classical music of the
Don Robertson has decided to make his book available at no cost
on the DoveSong.com website as a public service. He realizes the power of the internet in presenting
information such as this to the world, and feels that
"Through the Centuries" is a fulfillment of the purpose of
DoveSong.com, which he established in January of 1997.
is a composer who has personally experienced what he writes
about. His insights, although that have been revolutionary, and
extremely controversial, are the results of
years of investigation, experience, and study.
few people understood the importance of Robertson's ideas
concerning positive music, ideas that he has been teaching for
forty years. However, as time unfolds, more composers, musicians,
and writers have begun to take an interest in his
unique ideas, and his world view on music. He is perhaps the
only person to have a depth of knowledge that spans
three important musical traditions: European Classical, North
Indian, and American Gospel.
believe that Don Robertson, whom I have known personally and worked
with for over twenty-five years, has opened a new door to
music for all those who are willing to venture through. His entire
thesis is now fully available for the world to see, hear, and
feel through this website (containing over 300 pages), which is
now complete, having become more integrated with the addition of
this, the only book that he will
write about music, the subject of his life's work and love.