Crossroads in Music: Traditions and Connections / Edition 1

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Organized chiefly around music themes and music in culture rather than the basic style periods of Western art music, CROSSOADS IN MUSIC provides a basic introduction to music that integrates and explores the similarities among Classical music, popular music, and world music. A user-friendly text designed for non-majors, the book is comprised of 37 brief, topical chapters that keep students interested in and focused on specific ideas. The package (text and audio CD set) is one of the most inexpensive on the market.

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"I like the serious effort to link musical examples and styles with historical and cultural background. ...Better than most, it avoids the common mistake of giving only 'the West' a history."

"I find the writing style to be extremely refreshing. Basically I'm sold! This book seeks to view the discipline of music from a liberal arts environment - it's a 'real world' approach that would make sense to a non-music major."

"Overall, this is a terrific approach, well written, with outstanding repertoire from the broadest possible scope of both Western and World musics. I enjoyed reading it, and I look forward to the finished product!"

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534516345
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 11/7/2002
  • Series: Music Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 7.82 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Table of Contents

PART I: INTRODUCTION. 1. Music and Your World. 2. Listening to Music. Part II: TERMINOLOGY. 3. Rhythm: Music Moving Through Time. 4. Melody: The Horizontal Dimension. 5. Harmony: The Vertical Dimension. 6. Color and Strength in Music. 7. Thickness in Music: Texture and Density. 8. Musical Structure. 9. The Sources of Music: Voices and Instruments. Part III: RITUAL MUSIC. 10. Learning About Music: Finding the Best Approach. 11. Defining Ritual: What, When, and Where. 12. Ritual Music as Part of the Church Service. 13. Sacred Ritual Music In and Outside the Church. 14. Ritual Music with Added Dimensions. 15. Ritual Music in the Concert Hall. Part IV: FOLK MUSIC. 16. Folk Music in the United States. 17. Folk Music Around the World. 18. Adapting Folk to Concert Music. Part V: LARGE CONCERT ENSEMBLES. 19. Diversity in Large Concert Groups. 20. Orchestra: The Evolution of the Classical Symphony. 21. Orchestra: The Zenith of the Symphony in the Nineteenth Century. 22. Soloists: With and Without Orchestra. 23. Opera: Combining Orchestra and Voices. 24. The Band Idiom. Part VI: SMALL CONCERT ENSEMBLES. 25. Diversity in Small Ensembles: Indian Classical. 26. Small Vocal Settings. 27. Small Instrumental Groups: Chamber Music. 28. Together But Not An Ensemble - Electronic Music. Part VII: COMMERCIAL/POPULAR MUSIC. 29. Early Influential Styles in the United States. 30. Country and The Birth of Rock. 31. Soul and Other Rock/Country Variants. 32. The Musical. 33. Mixtures of Musical and Opera/Commercial and Concert. 34. Film Music. 35. Evolving a Global Popular Music. Part VIII: SYNTHESIS: WAYS OF APPLYING WHAT YOU HAVE LEARNED. 36. The Contemporary Scene and Experiencing the Classics. 37. Exploring Popular Music Styles. Glossary. General Index.

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