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Music in Our World is the first text in music appreciation completely devoted to the study of music elements and to investing students with active listening skills.

The text examines each musical element from a number of angles - completely integrating world music throughout the discussion. The three chapters on Melody, for example, cite the work of Hildegard of Bingen, Ravi Shankar, and Giacomo Puccini.

This unique, elements-based approach engages students in actively listening to the broadest range of music available for music appreciation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780070272125
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 10/5/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary White holds a Ph.D. in Music Composition from Michigan State University. At his retirement in 1994 he was Distinguished Professor of Music at Iowa State University, where he developed and administered the music theory curriculum and established the electronic and computer music studio. For a number of years he was also in charge of music listening courses for the general student at Iowa State.

Dr. White is the composer of over fifty published musical compositions and the author of Music First! (a music fundamentals textbook) and Instrumental Arranging (a textbook for orchestration and arranging), both published by McGraw-Hill. He has been awarded the U.C. Berkeley Medal by the University of California at Berkeley, was named a National Arts Associate by Sigma Alpha Iota, and has held a MacDowell Colony Fellowship. His compositions have won many prizes and awards, including the Toon van Balkom Prize and the Shenandoah/Percussion Plus Prize.

David Stuart is Associate Professor of Music at Iowa State University and principal trombonist of the Des Moines Symphony Orchestra. He received his DMA in trombone pedagogy and performance from the University of Iowa and studied at the Akademie fur Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna, Austria.

Dr. Stuart teaches the low brass studio at Iowa State University, the undergraduate non-major listening course, and a course on the history of rock ’n’ roll. Iowa State named him an Outstanding Teacher at the Introductory Level in 1999. He is currently pursuing research on the influence of Celtic folk music n recent popular music.

Dr. Stuart has articles in the International Trombone Association Journal, National Associations of College Wind and Percussion Teachers, The School Muscian, and several publications for the Yamaha Corporation. He is the editor of an Italian baroque chamber music series published by Nova Music, London. Dr. Stuart is a Yamaha performing Artist.

Elyn Aviva is an anthropologist as well as a professional writer and editor. She earned a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from Princeton University and a Master of Divinity degree from Iliff School of Theology. She has been a tribal planner for the Kickapoo Tribe of Kansas, worked as the editor an international high-technology newsletter, taught religious studies, and publised a book on the Camino de Santiago, a 1000-year-old pilgrimage road across northern Spain.

Dr. Aviva has a long-standing interest in comparative religion and has published articles in various national magazines on labyrinths, pilgrimage, sacred sites in Europe, and the reinvention of tradition. She is an avid listener to musics from all parts of the world and enjoys exploring their cultural context.

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Table of Contents

Part I Introduction to Active Listening

Chapter 1 Music in Society: (Simple Gifts)

Chapter 2 Our Response to Music
Part II Rhythm in Music

Chapter 3 Grand Entry Song (Powwow Music) Beat, Accent, and Tempo

Chapter 4 Meter (Klezmer Music- Bay a Glezele Mashke and Oy, Abram!) Traditional

Chapter 5 Polyrhythm Shango (Babatunde Olatunji)
Part III Melody in Music

Chapter 6 Vocal Melody (Hildegard von Bingen)

Chapter 7 Instrumental Melody (Ravi Shankar)

Chapter 8 Vocal Melody in Opera (Giacomo Puccini)
Part IV Harmony in Music

Chapter 9 Harmony: The Four Seasons, Spring (Anotonio Vivaldi)

Chapter 10 Harmonizing: This land is Your Land (Woody Guthrie), Bring Me Little Water Sylvie (Leadbelly [Huddie Ledbetter])
Part V Dynamics, Timbre, and Texture in Music

Chapter 11 A Western Ensemble: The Symphony Orchestra

Chapter 12 A Non-Western Ensemble: The Balinese Gamelan (Gender Wayang) (Gending Petegak)

Chapter 13 In the Recording Studio: Animal Crackers (Matt Ryan)
Part VI Form in Music

Chapter 14 Sectional Forms I: Huachos (Eduardo Villaroel and J. Mercado)

Chapter 15 Sectional Forms II: Symphony No. 39 (Franz Joseph Haydn)

Chapter 16 Continuous Forms I: Sultan Veled Peshrev (Dogan Ergin)

Chapter 17 Continuous Forms II: Absalon, fili mi (Josquin Desprez)

Chapter 18 Improvisation and Form: Suite Thursday (Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn)

Appendix A Pronunciation Guide

Appendix B Musician Biographies
Listening Activities

Dolphin Dreams (Jonathan Goldman)

Simple Gifts (Elder Joseph Brackett)

Appalachian Spring (Aaron Copland)

Exodus (Bob Marley and the Wailers)

Redemption Song (Bob Marley)

Grand Entry Song (Little Otter Singers)

Bay a Glezele Mashke (Klezmer Conservatory Band)

Oy Abram! (Klezmer Conservatory Band)

Shango (Babatunde Olatunji)

De sancta Maria (Hildegard of Bingen)

Maru-Bihag (Ravi Shankar)

La Boheme, End of Act II (Giacomo Puccini)

The Four Seasons (Antonio Vivaldi)

This Land is Your Land (Woody Guthrie)

Bring Me Little Water sylvie (Leadbelly [Huddie Ledbetter])

The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra (Benjamin


Gending Petegak (Gender Wayang Pemarwan)

Animal Crackers (Axigally)

Huachos (Tramps)

Symphony no. 39 (Franz Joseph Haydn)

Sultan Veled Peshrev (Dogan Ergin)

Absalon, fili mi (Josquin Desprez)

Suite Thursday (Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn)
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