It's a very good and complete book. I have the paperback version and the material quality of the book is great. Also, the contents are very organized and well sorted by musical periods. I haven't read through it all, but what I have read is very straightforward and comprehensible. Two things I definitly like is that the book has a chronological timeline for each subject, so its easier to put everything in context and it has short biographies of most composers with their respective work.
Obviously it hasn't extremely detailed explanations or biographies but its very compact and full of information.
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