Music appeals to people everywhere and has been at the heart of all human societies. This book tells the story of a living art, presenting a complete panorama of music from the most exotic to the most familiar. The reader is introduced to the living tradition of folk music throughout the world, the strange and fascinating world of Indian musical forms and the achievements of jazz. The book provides a fund of information on the great composers of the classical tradition of the West, from Bach to Tchaikovsky with the rich and brilliant spectrum of European music and finally the music of today is outlined by a team of expert contributors. Two extensive glossaries, together with a detailed index, have been specially prepared, providing a valuable reference section, but the story is music, not only how it was made, but why it was made and how it was enjoyed.