This text book was used in my music history class. I felt that it provided a fairly comprehensive overview of the span of time and composers it covers. It was especially valuable when used with the accompanying CDs. The info given about each composer and the featured piece was very helpful. Usually, the pieces chosen to represent each composer were good examples and in many cases inspired further study. My only real complaint about this anthology is that they don't always put the whole piece or movement in the book.It would be nice to have a score reference that would be more complete in this way.