What to Listen for in Music

Author: Aaron Copland
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9780451531766
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Featuring an introduction by William Schuman, as well as a foreword and epilogue by Alan Rich, an indispensable guide from one of America's foremost composers teaches readers how to develop a deeper sense of musical appreciation. Reissue.

What to Listen For in Music

Author: Aaron Copland
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101513144
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Now in trade paperback: ?The definitive guide to musical enjoyment? (Forum). In this fascinating analysis of how to listen to both contemporary and classical music analytically, eminent American composer Aaron Copland offers provocative suggestions that will bring readers a deeper appreciation of the most viscerally rewarding of all art forms.

What to Listen for in Music

Author: Aaron Copland
Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi
ISBN: 9780451528674
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The celebrated American composer offers guidelines for listening to both classical and modern music and explains terminology.

How to Listen to Great Music

Author: Robert Greenberg
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101513958
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From one of the most trusted names in continuing education—the knowledge you need to unlock "the most abstract and sublime of all the arts." Whether you're listening in a concert hall or on your iPod, concert music has the power to move you. The right knowledge can deepen the ability of this music to edify, enlighten, and stir the soul. In How to Listen to Great Music, Professor Robert Greenberg, a composer and music historian, presents a comprehensive, accessible guide to how music has mirrored Western history, that will transform the experience of listening for novice and long-time listeners alike. You will learn how to listen for key elements in different genres of music - from madrigals to minuets and from sonatas to symphonies-along with the enthralling history of great music from ancient Greece to the 20th century. You'll get answers to such questions as Why was Beethoven so important? How did the Enlightenment change music? And what's so great about opera anyway? How to Listen to Great Music will let you finally hear what you've been missing. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Listen to This

Author: Alex Ross
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 9781429977616
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One of The Telegraph's Best Music Books 2011 Alex Ross's award-winning international bestseller, The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century, has become a contemporary classic, establishing Ross as one of our most popular and acclaimed cultural historians. Listen to This, which takes its title from a beloved 2004 essay in which Ross describes his late-blooming discovery of pop music, showcases the best of his writing from more than a decade at The New Yorker. These pieces, dedicated to classical and popular artists alike, are at once erudite and lively. In a previously unpublished essay, Ross brilliantly retells hundreds of years of music history—from Renaissance dances to Led Zeppelin—through a few iconic bass lines of celebration and lament. He vibrantly sketches canonical composers such as Schubert, Verdi, and Brahms; gives us in-depth interviews with modern pop masters such as Björk and Radiohead; and introduces us to music students at a Newark high school and indie-rock hipsters in Beijing. Whether his subject is Mozart or Bob Dylan, Ross shows how music expresses the full complexity of the human condition. Witty, passionate, and brimming with insight, Listen to This teaches us how to listen more closely.

Music and Imagination

Author: Aaron Copland
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674589155
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Describes the all important role of the imagination in the composition, performance, appreciation and intelligent comprehension of music and surveys its influence on contemporary music

Aaron Copland

Author: Howard Pollack
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
ISBN: 1627798498
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A candid and fascinating portrait of the American composer. The son of Russian-Jewish immigrants, Aaron Copland (1900-1990) became one of America's most beloved and esteemed composers. His work, which includes Fanfare for the Common Man, A Lincoln Portrait, and Appalachian Spring, has been honored by a huge following of devoted listeners. But the full richness of Copland's life and accomplishments has never, until now, been documented or understood. Howard Pollack's meticulously researched and engrossing biography explores the symphony of Copland's life: his childhood in Brooklyn; his homosexuality; Paris in the early 1920s; the Alfred Stieglitz circle; his experimentation with jazz; the communist witch trials; Hollywood in the forties; public disappointment with his later, intellectual work; and his struggle with Alzheimer's disease. Furthermore, Pollack presents informed discussions of Copland's music, explaining and clarifying its newness and originality, its aesthetic and social aspects, its distinctive and enduring personality. "Not only a success in its own right, but a valuable model of what biography can and probably should be. " - Kirkus Reviews

Inside Music

Author: Karl Haas
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 0385417748
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Whatever your level of musical expertise, Karl Haas, creator and host of the internationally syndicated radio program "Adventures in Good Music", takes the reader through every facet of classical music in a readable and entertaining manner.

The Vintage Guide to Classical Music

Author: Jan Swafford
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0679728058
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Surveys the history of Western classical music, offers brief profiles of influential composers from Vivaldi to John Cage, and discusses important compositions and periods