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Posted December 29, 2011
There's a mix-up with tracks in CD 6, Lecture 12: the music presented in the track 11 is not Handel's Harmonious Blacksmith, it is actually an Aria by the same composer in B flat major. As I bought the set years ago I'm not sure if the problem has been solved. Another fact that is overlooked is that Gounoud inserted an extra bar (mesure) in Bach's Prelude 1 from the Well-Tempered Clavier (book One). He did this to adapt his tune "Ave Maria" to the pre-existing piece.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 15, 2005
In contrast to another reviewer, I found the ¿More than Mozart¿ volume of the Portable Professor series to be very enlightening, and it was not a mere listing of musical terms. In line with how Barnes & Noble bills the Professor series, this set would be appropriate for someone wanting an introductory taste of music-appreciation at a college level. Dr. Freedman¿s lectures have a logical flow, as ideas from early lectures are developed in later ones. He explains well how classical music is patterned and structured, and I definitely came away with a better understanding of the genre. The audio CD¿s are also an ideal medium for this subject matter, considering concepts can be easily exemplified with musical passages, something a standard book couldn¿t deliver. I feel I got my money¿s worth and would recommend ¿MTM.¿Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 22, 2004
A decent overview of musical forms and styles, but not a tremendous amount of depth. I personally came away with a feeling that I'd been presented with a laundry list of musical terms defined, rather than a good, in-depth discussion of the joy of listening to great music. Over the course of several hours, I never got the impression that the professor has a real passion for the subject.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.