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The brief volume of the first 37 chapters focuses on Western (or Classical) music, which includes the first 6 parts of LISTENING TO MUSIC, 5th Edition, and omits all end-of-chapter "Cultural Context" boxes.

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Editorial Reviews

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"The listening guides are a decided strength and are masterfully conceived and executed."

"Strengths: 1. Wright has written with extreme clarity. He doesn't waste words or indulge in scholarly "overkill. 2. He has done a good job of relating musical forms and styles to popular music forms. Of particular note are the examples of the Sting rondo and Elton John's use of basso ostinato (would it be possible to have those pieces included on the CDs? I fear that I don't own either of them). 3. The introductory CD contains the best examples of musical instruments, musical element and textures and forms that I've ever heard."

"The new layout with more, shorter chapters is an improvement] in that it does break up the longer chapters; it presents less of an apparent obstacle for students—which is excellent!"

"[for part openers with timelines] Good idea - with what is happening in the world at that time - so that the music is put into context for the students."

"[On LISTENING TO WESTERN MUSIC] Thank you for considering this. I teach an entirely separate course on non-Western music so I have no use for any of the world music content—also there simply isn't time in 15 weeks to cover even all of the art music."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780495189732
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/25/2007
  • Series: Available Titles CengageNOW Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 504
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.80 (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

Part I. THE ELEMENTS OF MUSIC. 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, 476-1475. 9. Renaissance Music, 1475-1600. Part III. THE BAROQUE PERIOD, 1600-1750. 10. Introduction to Baroque Art and Music. 11. Early Baroque Vocal Music. 12. Middle 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. Early Romantic Music: The Art Song. 24. Early Romantic Music: Program Music. 25. Early 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. 32. Exoticism. 33. Modernism in Music and the Arts. 34. Early-Twentieth-Century Modernism. 35. Russian and Eastern European Modernism. 36. Three American Voices. 37. Postmodernism. Part VII. AMERICAN POPULAR MUSIC. 39. Blues and Early Jazz. 40. Postwar Jazz. 41. Tin Pan Alley and the Broadway Musical. 42. Rock: Music of Rebellion.

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