This chronological text, which covers all the major periods in music history, offers instructors and students particular help in developing listening skills in three ways: First, a free "Introduction to Listening" CD comes packaged with each student copy of the text. This CD plays all of the music discussed in the music fundamentals chapters of the text and provides an audio guide called "Instruments of the Orchestra." The guide presents the instruments and then tests students' ability to recognize them by themselves and in various combinations. Second, every chapter in Wright's text offers unique listening exercises. It is the only music appreciation book to have listening exercises built into and fully integrated with the text. Third, interactive listening guides and listening quizzes for all of the music in the text are available free via download from the Schirmer website. More than any other music appreciation text, LISTENING TO MUSIC challenges students to develop and refine their listening skills. Wright covers traditional Western music from medieval to modern, and integrates non-Western music throughout the text where appropriate, drawing comparisons between music of Western and other cultures. Concluding chapters discuss popular music and its impact on the world of music. Musical examples from each historical period are discussed within their social context, giving students a broad sense not only of a piece's composition, but also of its historical and cultural meaning.
About the Author
Craig M. Wright (Bachelor of Music, Eastman School of Music, 1966; Ph.D., Harvard University, 1972) taught at the University of Kentucky for one year and has taught at Yale University for the past thirty-two years. 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. He has also published LISTENING TO MUSIC, Fifth Edition (Schirmer Cengage Learning, 2008).
Table of Contents
1. Listening to Music.
2.Rhythm, Melody, and Harmony.
3.Musical Color, Texture, and Form.
6.Early Baroque Music.
7.Late Baroque Music: Bach and Handel.
8.Classical Ideals: The World of Haydn and Mozart.
11.The Bridge to Romanticism: Ludwig van Beethoven.
12.The Romantic Spirit (1820-1900).
13.The Early Romantics.
16.From Romantic to Modern: Impressionism.
17.The Twentieth Century.
18.American Popular Music: Blues, Jazz, and Rock.