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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 currently the Henry L. and Lucy G. Moses Professor of Music. At Yale, Wright's courses include 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." He is the author of numerous scholarly books and articles on composers ranging from Leoninus to Bach. Wright has also been the recipient of 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. Wright has also published LISTENING TO MUSIC, CHINESE EDITION (Schirmer 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; THE ESSENTIAL LISTENING TO MUSIC (Schirmer Cengage Learning, 2012); and MUSIC IN WESTERN CIVILIZATION, MEDIA UPDATE (Schirmer Cengage Learning, 2010), with coauthor Bryan Simms. He is presently at work on a volume entitled MOZART'S BRAIN: EXPLORING THE NATURE OF GENIUS.
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, 476-1450. 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. Glossary. Index.