Aural Awareness: Principles and Practice / Edition 2

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Traditional aural training is heavily biased toward the perception and identification of pitch and rhythm. Pratt argues here that in these days of CDs and cassette recorders much of this area of the subject can be best worked on alone. He demonstrates how, by tailoring tasks to individual needs, every student can make some encouraging progress in these aspects of music. This new edition has been substantially revised to make it more accessible to younger students as well as imaginative teachers.

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For music students familiar with the terms and concepts of classical training, studying alone or in the classroom. Goes beyond the standard course of learning to notate pitch and rhythm, by identifying 13 elements applicable to any style or period. No index or bibliography. Printed on acidic paper. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198790211
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/28/1998
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

University of Huddersfield (Emeritus)

both the Unit for Research into Applied Musical Perception

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
How to use this book 6
1 Hearing and listening: what is available 9
2 The elements of musical expression 12
3 Aural synthesis 31
4 Metre and rhythm 46
5 Pitch 59
6 Timbre 71
7 Criticism 84
8 Structure 93
9 Imaging 107
10 Playing by ear 123
11 Improvisation 130
12 Playing from memory 138
Postscript: Towards a deeper awareness 148
Appendix l Assessment 150
Appendix 2 Resources 153
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