These unusually handsome and informative volumes for older children cover major episodes in music history. They tell the stories of important composers and performers, while also explaining details of instrument construction, fundamentals of music theory, and related historical information. Accompanying full-color illustrations have detailed captions and labels. These volumes make fine introductions to elementary music appreciation classes, but they also provide pleasant casual reading to young music lovers.This volume delves into the music of all the world's cultures and spans the millennia from antiquity to the present day. Readers learn how music was performed and the roles it played in diverse cultures.