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Combining outstanding listening pedagogy with cutting-edge digital resources, THE ESSENTIAL LISTENING TO MUSIC (with Download Card), 2e inspires a lifelong appreciation of music. In this streamlined and succinct book, scholar and master-teacher Craig Wright discusses musical examples from each historical period within its social context--giving you a sense of a piece's con Combining outstanding listening pedagogy with cutting-edge digital resources, THE ESSENTIAL LISTENING TO MUSIC (with Download Card), 2e inspires a lifelong appreciation of music. In this streamlined and succinct book, scholar and master-teacher Craig Wright discusses musical examples from each historical period within its social context--giving you a sense of a piece's construction as well as its historical and cultural meaning. A wide range of resources help you sharpen your listening skills, including online Listening Exercises for most pieces in the book, streaming music, computer-enhanced Active Listening Guides, and chapterwide and critical thinking quizzes. You also can download music covered in the book directly to a music library. The Second Edition is fully integrated with MindTap, giving you the ultimate personal earning experience--from your laptop, tablet, or smart phone. MindTap also includes engaging new animations created by Stephen Malinowski, individual YouTube players, instant audio for most examples in the book, and much more.


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Combining outstanding listening pedagogy with cutting-edge digital resources, THE ESSENTIAL LISTENING TO MUSIC (with Download Card), 2e inspires a lifelong appreciation of music. In this streamlined and succinct book, scholar and master-teacher Craig Wright discusses musical examples from each historical period within its social context--giving you a sense of a piece's con Combining outstanding listening pedagogy with cutting-edge digital resources, THE ESSENTIAL LISTENING TO MUSIC (with Download Card), 2e inspires a lifelong appreciation of music. In this streamlined and succinct book, scholar and master-teacher Craig Wright discusses musical examples from each historical period within its social context--giving you a sense of a piece's construction as well as its historical and cultural meaning. A wide range of resources help you sharpen your listening skills, including online Listening Exercises for most pieces in the book, streaming music, computer-enhanced Active Listening Guides, and chapterwide and critical thinking quizzes. You also can download music covered in the book directly to a music library. The Second Edition is fully integrated with MindTap, giving you the ultimate personal earning experience--from your laptop, tablet, or smart phone. MindTap also includes engaging new animations created by Stephen Malinowski, individual YouTube players, instant audio for most examples in the book, and much more.

47 review for The Essential Listening to Music

  1. 4 out of 5

    Bahattin Cizreli

    Coursera'da Craig Wright'ın Introduciton to Classical Music dersinin ders kitabı. Çok keyifli süren 9 hafta boyunca parça parça klasik müzik tarihine ve temel kavramlara aşina olma şansı edindim.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    I took a MOOC with the author of this introductory text. The course covered everything from medieval Gregorian chants to John Adams (postmodern). The text comes with 2 disks of the music excerpts used in the course. I didn't get as much out of it as I would have if I'd listened to more than just the excerpts. A competing text, Music Then And Now, does have the full works and I found that more helpful. I've been a classical music lover since early childhood, but there was so much I didn't know an I took a MOOC with the author of this introductory text. The course covered everything from medieval Gregorian chants to John Adams (postmodern). The text comes with 2 disks of the music excerpts used in the course. I didn't get as much out of it as I would have if I'd listened to more than just the excerpts. A competing text, Music Then And Now, does have the full works and I found that more helpful. I've been a classical music lover since early childhood, but there was so much I didn't know and didn't know how to appreciate. I'm very indebted to the course and both textbooks.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mohamad Hosein Eqbali

    A good starter for the learners of the classical music. Could be used as a book to come back to whenever in need.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    This book is an excellent, if brief, introduction to the history of western, classical music, its forms, major composers, and the culture of performance aimed at making the reader an informed listener. The book, spans history from the Medieval Era all the way to American Jazz with a brief mention of other forms of American music. Many references to pieces of music, for which Wright provides commentary, provide illustration of the forms as well as practice listening. Although many of these refere This book is an excellent, if brief, introduction to the history of western, classical music, its forms, major composers, and the culture of performance aimed at making the reader an informed listener. The book, spans history from the Medieval Era all the way to American Jazz with a brief mention of other forms of American music. Many references to pieces of music, for which Wright provides commentary, provide illustration of the forms as well as practice listening. Although many of these references are included in the book and can be looked up, the bulk of these are available as clips and commentary online or as downloads because the book was designed for a class at Yale University (Wright also has a scaled down version of this course available through Coursera.org which I also recommend.). Throughout the book Wright makes reference to pertinent events of history and the arts, particularly the visual arts, all of which enhance Wright's epilogue in which he summarizes the importance of the Classical Western musical tradition in its ubiquitous nature and its role more broadly in western history and culture. The living tradition of classical western music, which at times is not so traditional, is deepened by Wright's own experiences with musical performance and more recent composers which bring the music up to date. Apart from introducing a solid foundation in classical western music basics, this book leaves one with much to ponder, including the growing impact of technology from the development of various instruments and the modern symphony orchestra to methods of recording and disseminating music performance. For all its brevity, this is a rich book. Highly recommended.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ietrio

    Less than 300 pages, big colorful pictures and most of it fluff. Take the 4th page. "Today most of the music that we hear isn’t “live” music but recorded sound." The section is called "Listening to Whose Music?" That means spending time and space to talk about Edison's metal cylinders, than magnetic tape only to find out that "In digital recording all the components..." Is that useful? Yes, to tell you about CDs. But only to find out that "Most recorded music now is no longer stored and sold on C Less than 300 pages, big colorful pictures and most of it fluff. Take the 4th page. "Today most of the music that we hear isn’t “live” music but recorded sound." The section is called "Listening to Whose Music?" That means spending time and space to talk about Edison's metal cylinders, than magnetic tape only to find out that "In digital recording all the components..." Is that useful? Yes, to tell you about CDs. But only to find out that "Most recorded music now is no longer stored and sold on CDs."

  6. 5 out of 5

    Nicky

    Start right here.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tara Brabazon

    This is a teacher's guide to music appreciation classes. It is a strong text for this purpose, enabling teachers to understand music and - most importantly - how to enable students to hear melody, harmony and rhythm. The book does focus on classical music, with some mentions of pop. These references are a bit 'let's get down with the young people.' Also the difference between classical and pop music is reified. A useful book, well structured and well presented.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Hunter McCleary

    Not sure why this book only averaged 3-plus stars. Maybe they did not take the accompanying online class. I loved the book and the class even more. This is the perfect introduction for someone who knows nothing about music, has a tin ear (I really struggled with some of the music playback quizzes) but loves history. I understand the evolution of Western music so much better now and my enjoyment has grown immeasurably. Well, except for opera. Yipes!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jesse

    I thought as a whole that this book gave some good information. However, it is very much determined on the reader having a pre-understanding to music, which is ironic as it is mostly used to teach the basic of music. If you must get the book, make sure to get the companion CD and the Online usage aspect that go alongside it. They give useful insight to the world of music.

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