How to Listen to Great Music: A Guide to Its History, Culture, and Heart

How to Listen to Great Music: A Guide to Its History, Culture, and Heart

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by Robert Greenberg
     
 

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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

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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.

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Library Journal
This latest offering from the Teaching Company, an instructional audio and DVD manufacturer, is an informative and entertaining survey of Western classical music from around 1600 to 1900. Greenberg, who has taught in many Teaching Company music DVDs, approaches his topic with both expertise and humor, including chatty biographies, basic music theory, and listening recommendations to put readers at ease and motivate them to explore. His scholarship relies on standard sources and is for the most part above reproach, although he tends to overstate the importance of some of his favorite composers and their works. Greenberg does include three seminal 20th-century composers—Claude Debussy, Igor Stravinsky, and Arnold Schoenberg—but he would have been wise to extend the discussion further into the modern age or into locations such as the United States, Scandinavia, or the Czech/Bohemian area. The glossary, list of music discussed, and brief bibliography primarily of textbooks are useful. VERDICT Accomplishing its purpose to serve a nonacademic audience, Greenberg's book should have wide appeal. Specialists and music libraries ought to supplement it with more rigorous titles.—Barry Zaslow, Miami Univ. Libs., Oxford, OH

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780452297081
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/26/2011
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
474,210
Product dimensions:
5.35(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.74(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Robert Greenberg is the music historian in residence with San Francisco Performances, and also serves as the resident composer and music historian to NPR's Weekend All Things Considered. He lives in San Francisco, California.

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How to Listen to Great Music: A Guide to Its History, Culture, and Heart 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I listen to Greenberg's lectures alot and love them and his book is wonderful too.