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Listening To Music Hardcover – January 1, 1992


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: West Pub/ Itp (January 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0314026398
  • ISBN-13: 978-0314026392
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,843,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I think I had to purchase the cd separately.
Tee B
The book to follow up this is, IMO, Fred Plotkin's "Classical Music 101" and Copland's classic, "What to Listen For in Music."
Wyote
I was pleasantly surprised by the conversational and topical way this book was written.
B. Zielezinski

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Wyote VINE VOICE on December 6, 2005
Format: Paperback
Wright's book is a great introduction to the Western tradition, and a fair introduction to the world's music as a whole.

I know that there are cheaper alternatives out there, especially "The Vintage Guide to Classical Music," which I also recommend. But in this case, the CDs are worth the extra money. They correspond with the listening exercises in the book, and before long you really can tell an oboe from a french horn, a cello from a, well, a tuba, and so on. You learn to recognize and pay attention to meter, key, etc.... It also has the best explanation of "sonata form" that I've read. You really get on your way to understanding classical music, from which genuine appreciation can grow.

He also gives a fairly solid introducion to music as a whole, not only the classical Western "art music" tradition, but jazz, blues, rock, world music, and so on.

I can say that, to my knowledge, no other book out there does that.

I don't think any introduction is needed before this book; it can be the first you ever read on music even if you have no background whatsoever. The book to follow up this is, IMO, Fred Plotkin's "Classical Music 101" and Copland's classic, "What to Listen For in Music."

I learned a lot from this book and his course, which I failed when I was in college--evidently, attendance was mandatory after all! And I thought the teaching assistant having a crush on me would help.... Shame on me!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 10, 1996
Format: Paperback
Craig Wright not only provides us with a nicely packaged
history of music, composers, and culture, but also gives
us a peak into the personal lives within the societies of
these periods. Each chapter contains excellent listening
exercises to be used with works on the included CD and there
are excellent illustrations and photographs that "bring you
back" to each age of music. I recommend it as a general
reference source for accomplished musicians, and as a nice
guide for all classical music fans.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Doug London on December 13, 2002
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I took Craig Wright's class at Yale, from which he wrote the text. The listening exercises are great--not too difficult, more just to guide listening--and it really can help guide a musical novice to proficiency.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. Zielezinski on July 6, 2007
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When I signed up to take Music Appreciation I was a bit nervous. Though I have grown up around music and musicians, I have never enjoyed "music class." I was pleasantly surprised by the conversational and topical way this book was written. It is interesting and informative regardless of your level of music understanding or proficiency. I thoroughly enjoyed both the listening exercises and the composer biographies.
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Very worthwhile purchase that was described accurately by Amazon ad. It is an older edition, as advertised, but that does not matter to me.
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By Tee B on March 5, 2013
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This book was purchased to use during a college course. This book served it's purpose. I don't recall that it actually came with the cd. I think I had to purchase the cd separately.
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the text book is full of information on musical composers from different periods through out time like the middle ages to 20th century music. if you taking a music class or just want to learn about the different composers through out time then this text book will do the job.
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By gf on August 8, 2010
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The included CDs definitely helped with understanding the class this textbook was required for. I felt the book was well written for a textbook.
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