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Music: An Appreciation, Brief Edition [Print Replica] [Kindle Edition]

Roger Kamien
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  • Print ISBN-13: 978-0078025099
  • Edition: 7
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What does it take to make a great performance? It takes great music, a great performer and a great instrument. Music: An Appreciation includes some of the greatest music ever created. Roger Kamien’s excellence as an interpreter of that music has made his program number one in the market used by over half a million students since its conception. Now, CONNECT Kamien provides the world-class instrument that allows Music: An Appreciation to bring great music to his audience in an extraordinary new way. Music: An Appreciation is great music, a great interpreter, and a great instrument.


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Roger Kamien received his B.A. in Musicology from Columbia and his M.A. and PhD. from Princeton. Kamien taught for 2 years at Hunter College and for 20 years at Queens College, where he coordinated the music appreciation courses. In 1983, he was appointed to the Zubin Mehta Chair in Musicology at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In addition to Music: An Appreciation, Prof. Kamien has written numerous articles and reviews, co-wrote A New Approach to Keyboard Harmony, and edited the Norton Scores. He is an accomplished pianist and, in recent years, has formed a two-piano team with his wife, Anita.

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  • File Size: 70978 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 2 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Humanities & Social Science; 7 edition (July 6, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006PKVSBY
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,365 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Does NOT Contain Online Access Code January 21, 2012
By Marie
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Despite the product description referring to the CONNECT Kamien site, this book DOES NOT contain an access code for that site. Without that code this book is worthless for my class.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars No CD's July 20, 2013
Format:Paperback
Bought it for music appreciation. The ad said that it came with the book and the cd set. When it arrived i only received a book. Amazon needs to fix their ad.
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Passable information, poor editing. November 20, 2011
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This book purports to be a survey of music from the Middle Ages through the present; as such, it spends rather a lot of space covering music from 450 AD through 1900, and precious little attention on anything that could loosely be considered "modern". It also gives only a short chapter nod-of-the-head to non-western music, with a tiny subchapter on sub-Saharan Africa and a slightly longer subchapter on Indian Classical music and Ravi Shankar. It seems to me that if the desire was to write a text on "classical" music from pre-1900, it would have been better to simply do so and make no attempt to PRETEND to pay any attention to anything more recent, and leave the more recent music to another book entirely. (And yet another one for "Non-Western World Music".) By making vague hand-waving gestures at including recent and non-Western music but doing such a slipshod job of it, the author has seriously weakened his claim to accomplishing what he sets out to do.

To make matters worse, the editing in the book is atrocious for a seventh edition; one would hope that the majority of the careless errors in writing would have been caught by now. Granted, most of the errors occur in the parts of the book that deal with post-1900 music, so perhaps it's a sign that these sections simply weren't considered important enough to bother proofreading; we have such sloppy mistakes as (on page 318) "Bela Bartok...was born Hungary..." (rather than "born IN Hungary" -- I suspect the author was not suggesting that Bartok was born with an appetite, and even if he was, THAT was misspelled), or on page 324, "(George Gershwin's) parents were Russian-Jewish immigrant..." rather than "immigrants", or on 325, "...clarinet solo that stasrts...", or on 330, "His textures clear..." rather than "are clear", or on 334, "...
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great March 1, 2013
By Rico
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The book provides what I need for class and shipped very quickly. Unfortunately you don't get the cd that comes along with it when you buy it used but that is okay, a lot you can find on the Internet
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very, very, very simple June 13, 2014
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For someone who has a musical background, this book (and the course that required it) were a breeze. Everything is in its most basic form and I'd imagine simple enough to understand for someone without musical knowledge.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice book May 22, 2014
By Yingjun
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This book is whatever I want it. It is a good book with a good quality. It is good to have it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Was for a class May 10, 2014
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This was used as a textbook for a music appreciation course at the college level and for a book trying to describe music, it did alright. The exercises that came with the cd's were good, but it didn't introduce anything new or really interesting to someone who is familiar with how music is composed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it April 24, 2014
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Great product.
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Roger Kamien received his B.A. in Musicology from Columbia and his M.A. and PhD. from Princeton. Kamien taught for 2 years at Hunter College and for 20 years at Queens College, where he coordinated the music appreciation courses. In 1983, he was appointed to his current position. In addition to Music: An Appreciation, Prof. Kamien has written numerous articles and reviews, co-wrote A New Approach to Keyboard Harmony, and edited the Norton Scores. He is an accomplished pianist and, in recent years, has formed a two-piano team with his wife, Anita.

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