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An Introduction to Music and Art in the Western World
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on August 22, 2010
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I use this text in a 100 level Music and Art appreciation class I teach at the university level. This book is generally excellent until the last chapter, where the emphasis they place on modern art has proven, over the last 15 years since this edition was last updated, to be a little bit out of date. In fairness, more in the art areas than the music areas. Art is an area where value changes over time, and that shows in the last chapter. However, I feel the rest of the text is superb, and works well for my course, and with my students. I cannot seem to locate another combined art and music book that works better.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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This is an excellent chronological overview of the art, music and architecture of the Western world. It's well written and the color illustrations are well chosen and helpful. All in all, it's a good way to brush up on a few thousand years of cultural history in a short time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 19, 2013
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This book did a fairly good job of representing the major points for 2000+ years of art and music history. It was nice to have separate sections for art, sculpture, architecture, and music. And having separate colorplates with glossy, colored pictures of art was helpful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 4, 2015
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It was not my favorite subject in college, but overall it has helped me look at arts and music from a different point of view.
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on August 1, 2014
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This is a decent basic book. I like the concept, the organization of the contents, and the layout. But I am slightly disappointed with the execution.

I feel many of the reviews here were a little high, considering two obvious problems:

1) The pronunciation guide for foreign words is pretty bad. Not only it is not well conceived, but there are several mistakes and inconsistencies in there.

2) Also, some chapters ramble on and on without saying much of value - there should less emphasis on the opinions and personal thoughts of the author(s), and more emphasis on objective information.

I'd be hesitant to use this book as a manual for a college-level class.
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on May 21, 2011
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An Introduction to Music and Art in the Western World, is the book I bought online, with Amazon.com. I received this book in a timely manner and it was in excellent condition.(Almost new). The really big plus is the cost, including shipping was 90% less than a new book and 75% less than an used book and about 30% less than if I had rented the book at the university I'm attending. Sure wish I had known about the listings on Amazon.com before my senior year, I could have saved hundreds every year. Excellent buy, I'll use again and I'm telling all my friends about it.
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on September 6, 2012
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I needed this for the fall semester, it not only arrived quickly and in time for the semester but was in excellent condition at a price that was about 1/2 what I could find elsewhere with less promise of condition. I did not even know that it had music cds that were supposed to accompany it but they arrived with the book. I am extremely pleased and will look for this supplier again in the future! Thanks!!!
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on January 14, 2013
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This book is required for an arts appreciation class but it is also full of historic facts and details encompassing the art and music background of the world, in a nutshell. Highly Reccomend!
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on September 25, 2014
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The preface to this text wonderfully articulates why appreciation of the arts is part of a liberal arts curriculum.
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on January 1, 2013
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This book was a good read. I enjoyed the story line and the hint of mystery. I recommend this book.
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