"Robert Philip surveys the vast sweep of a vast subject in A Little History of Music
."–John Check, Wall Street Journal
, "Holiday Gift Books: Music"
"To find a guide as thoughtful, as frank and as readable as Philip's is good news indeed. . . . It's a pleasure to make the journey in such wise and perceptive company."–Richard Bratby, Gramophone
"Philip's deft prose, thoughtful explanations and pacy storytelling make for a compelling and refreshingly open-minded read."–Katy Hamilton, BBC Music Magazine
"The impossible elegantly achieved: a history of music spanning five continents and thousands of years in just 278 lucid, friendly pages. Whether you are musically expert or you don't know your opera from your hip-hop, it's a joy to read."–John Rutter, composer and conductor
"An engrossing, often surprising book that helps break the classical music silo. Philip places the development of the art form alongside contemporary social, political and religious developments and connects the European masters to issues of global identity and nationalism, with fascinating results."–Petroc Trelawny, BBC Radio 3 broadcaster
"An astonishing feat of concision, this Little History covers all known kinds of music, ever, from everywhere. It's written with fairness and balance, but also enthusiasm and love for the activity of music-making. The foregrounding of popular music in the twentieth century is particularly striking and original."–Judith Weir, composer and Master of the King's Music