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Music: An Appreciation, 6th Brief Edition Paperback – February 26, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0073401348 ISBN-10: 007340134X Edition: 6th

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Product Details

  • Series: Music An Appreciation (Book 6)
  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages; 6 edition (February 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 007340134X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0073401348
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Alex Parker on April 6, 2008
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I've seen the unabridged version of this book and it's as big as an encyclopedia. The Brief Edition does well to summarize the important points in music history; though the meat of the book is centered in the classical (Renaissance, Baroque, Romantic, Classical, Opera) and merely touches on the more modern componets like jazz and rock. Still, the book and accompanying CD are excellent for those wanting to get a light but informative immersion in the classic music world and learn a little bit about its most famous composers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Petti on September 20, 2009
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Ultimately this book serves its purpose, it covers the core concepts and gets the job done...but I have to admit, for someone who has little former knowledge with music studies it is a bit too concise. The point being that this is supposed to be music "appreciation" a social science (which usually relates to a lot of trivial information) yet this book only accomplishes the bare minimums (yes I do realize that this is the brief edition, that is why its a four not a three). Beyond that the book makes poor references to its dvd resources (a number or section would be nice), and like I said, pinpoint (perhaps examples or more elaboration on the detailed concepts). But to its credit, this book does have some nice organization and the index/glossary is fairly thorough.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By M. Crenshaw on October 1, 2009
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I expected it to have the CD's included, but the book is exactly what I ordered. It was hard to determine which one's had the CD's included. I wish Amazon was a little more in detail with the layout of the book and what is included with it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Edwards on October 17, 2013
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I needed this book for my class in school and received it on time. It was in good condition and was what it said it was.
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I bought this book for my college level music appreciation class. We were required to read the whole book over the semester.

I learned a lot, so the book is defiantly pack with great knowlege. But it is somewhat a dry read. It is not the most exciting text book I've ever had, but there are not many exciting text books though.

But with this book I got an A in the class :)
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I find the book exceptionally good in the information and details provided. I can say it contains so much of different kind of information in a single source. A++
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By ealjkt on December 17, 2013
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The book was required for a class, and was useful in completing assignments. It was relevant to the material with which it belonged.
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By rosa jackson on November 29, 2013
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This book helped me complete my class with an "A". I enjoyed learning about the musical instruments of old. Awesome
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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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