This music appreciation text aims to help readers enhance enjoyment of various types of music by increasing knowledge of music and improving listening skills. In addition to orchestral, vocal concert, popular, film, and folk/ethnic music examples, it offers biographical sketches of the composers, discussion of historical and cultural contexts, and coverage of various genres and forms. In the listening guides to 89 works, Huff (U. of Florida) presents the various elements such as rhythm, harmony, instrumentation, form, and other such topics in an interesting, concise manner. The two included CD-ROMs contain selections from all the listening guides throughout the text. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Charles Hoffer is Professor of Music at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He formerly taught at Indiana University, served as president of the Music Educators National Conference, and is an established author of books and articles about music.
I. THE NATURE OF MUSIC. 1. Music Listening and You. 2. Rhythm. 3. Melody and Harmony, 4. Dynamics, Timbre, and Organization. 5. Orchestral Instruments. 6. Other Musical Instruments. II. EARLY, MEDIEVAL, AND RENAISSANCE MUSIC. 7. Early Western Music. 8. Medieval Music. 9. Renaissance Music. III. BAROQUE MUSIC. 10. The Baroque Period. 11. Oratorio and Cantata. 12. Opera in the Baroque. 13. Baroque Instrumental Music: Suite and Sonata. 14. Baroque Instrumental Music: Concerto and Fugue. IV. CLASSICAL MUSIC. 15. Classicism and Classical Music. 16. Sonata Form. 17. The Concerto. 18. Classical Opera. 19. Chamber Music. 20. Piano Sonatas. 21. The Symphony and Beethoven. V. ROMANTIC MUSIC. 22. Romance and Romanticism. 23. Early Romantic Music. 24. Romantic Piano Music. 25. Program and Ballet Music. 26. Romantic Opera. 27. Late Romantic Music. 28. Nationalism. VI. TWENTIETH-CENTURY MUSIC. 29. Impressionism and Post-Romanticism. 30. Music in the Twentieth Century. 31. The Mainstream. 32. Expressionism and Primitivism. 33. Neoclassicism and Tone Row Music. 34. New Sounds and New Techniques. VII. MUSIC IN THE UNITED STATES. 35. American Music before 1920. 36. Concert Music since 1920. 37. Popular Music and Jazz to 1950. 38. Popular Music since 1950. 39. Music for Stage and Film. VIII. MUSIC AROUND THE WORLD. 40. Folk and Ethnic Music. 41. Folk Music of Europe and the Americas. 42. Music of Africa and the Middle East. 43. Music of Asia. Glossary. Listening Guides Indexed by Composer. Index of Composer Biographies. Index. Performers List.