Listening to Music (with Introduction to Listening CD-ROM) / Edition 6

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The only music appreciation text on the market to include listening exercises throughout the book, LISTENING TO MUSIC, Sixth Edition, masterfully develops and refines your listening skills. Acclaimed for unparalleled clarity and accuracy, using Wright will help you study efficiently, do well on your tests and quizzes, and learn to enjoy many kinds of music. Wright covers traditional Western music from medieval to modern as well as popular music and its impact on musical globalization, and music from the Far East, the Near East and Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America, drawing comparisons between Western and non-Western musical cultures.

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"The language used struck us as more accessible and conversational. It lacked, thankfully, the pedantic, overly-academic tone that can be an obstacle to many students. I appreciate the fact that Dr. Wright writes in a way that is easily understood by the non-music major. . . . The three greatest strengths of the text are (1) the easy manner and conversational style with which the material is treated, (2) the more global approach to the music of the 20th century, and (3) the connections to pop music that Dr. Wright makes to illustrate both musical characteristics and context."

"Strengths: 1.The numerous additional listening selections AND listening guides online. Excellent for those serious students who would go the extra mile. 2.Even though I currently do not have use for it, I am sure instructors in general appreciate the online grading for the listening exercises. 3. Reference to current developments and personalities."

"The organization of LISTENING TO MUSIC is excellent and it is a good survey of Western Art Music. The section on World Music is particularly satisfying. Listening to Music covers a wide spectrum of world music in a concise manner and does so far better than other textbooks. . . . there are terrific comparisons between rock and classical music."

"The first chapter is far superior [to the text in use]. I feel that students need an explanation of the current state of popular music with comparisons to the past. . . . Today's students are engrossed in pop music and do not have even a basic understanding of why things are. Because students are entrenched in pop music, many of them are not interested in delving into topics that challenge the ideologies they are accustomed to. I believe your text takes an approach that addresses the aforementioned statement."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439083451
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 3/31/2010
  • Series: Available Titles CourseMate Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Craig M. Wright received his Bachelor of Music degree at the Eastman School of Music in 1966 and his Ph.D. in musicology from Harvard University in 1972. He began his teaching career at the University of Kentucky and for the past 40 years has been teaching at Yale University, where he is the Henry L. and Lucy G. Moses Professor of Music as well as Director of Online Education. He teaches his perennially popular introductory course "Listening to Music", also part of the offerings of Open Yale Courses, and his selective seminar "Exploring the Nature of Genius". The author of numerous scholarly books and articles on composers ranging from Leoninus to Bach, Dr. Wright has also received many awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Einstein and Kinkeldey Awards of the American Musicological Society, and the Dent Medal of the International Musicological Society. In 2004 he was awarded the honorary degree Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Chicago, and in 2010 he was elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, joining fellow inductee banjo player Steve Martin. Dr. Wright has also published LISTENING TO MUSIC, CHINESE EDITION (Cengage Learning/Three Union Press, 2012), translated and simplified by Profs. Li Xiujung (China Conservatory, Beijing) and Yu Zhigang (Central Conservatory, Beijing), both of whom worked with Wright at Yale; LISTENING TO MUSIC and LISTENING TO WESTERN MUSIC, Seventh Editions (Cengage Learning, 2015); and MUSIC IN WESTERN CIVILIZATION, MEDIA UPDATE (Cengage Learning, 2010) with coauthor Bryan Simms. He is presently at work on a volume titled MOZART'S BRAIN: EXPLORING THE NATURE OF GENIUS.

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Table of Contents

1. Listening to Music. 2. Rhythm. 3. Melody. 4. Harmony. 5. Dynamics and Color. 6. Musical Texture and Form. 7. Musical Style. Part II: THE MIDDLE AGES AND RENAISSANCE, 476-1600. 8. Medieval Music, 476-1450. 9. Renaissance Music, 1450-1600. Part III: THE BAROQUE PERIOD, 1600-1750. 10. Introduction to Baroque Art and Music. 11. Early Baroque Vocal Music. 12. Toward Late Baroque Instrumental Music. 13. The Late Baroque: Bach. 14. The Late Baroque: Handel. Part IV: THE CLASSICAL PERIOD, 1750-1820. 15. Classical Style. 16. Classical Composers: Haydn and Mozart. 17. Classical Forms: Ternary and Sonata-Allegro. 18. Classical Forms: Theme and Variations, Rondo. 19. Classical Genres: Instrumental Music. 20. Classical Genres: Vocal Music. 21. Beethoven: Bridge to Romanticism. Part V: ROMANTICISM, 1820-1900. 22. Introduction to Romanticism. 23. Romantic Music: The Art Song. 24. Romantic Music: Program Music and Ballet. 25. Romantic Music: Piano Music. 26. Romantic Opera: Italy. 27. Romantic Opera: Germany. 28. Nineteenth-Century Realistic Opera. 29. Music and Nationalism. 30. Late Romantic Orchestral Music. Part VI: MODERN AND POSTMODERN ART MUSIC, 1880-Present. 31. Impressionism and Exoticism. 32. Modernism in Music and the Arts. 33. Early-Twentieth-Century Modernism. 34. Russian and Eastern European Modernism. 35. Three American Voices. 36. Postmodernism. Part VII: AMERICAN POPULAR MUSIC, 1850-Present. 37. American Popular Music, 1850-World War II. 38. Postwar Jazz. 39. Broadway, Film, and Video Game Music. 40. Rock: Music of Rebellion. Part VIII: GLOBAL MUSIC. 41. The Far East. 42. The Near East and Africa. 43. The Caribbean and Latin America. Glossary. Index.

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