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Study Guide: for The Enjoyment of Music: An Introduction to Perceptive Listening, Eleventh Edition [Paperback]

Kristine Forney
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June 23, 2011 0393912396 978-0393912395 11 Csm Stg

Provides reviews, quizzes, drills, and listening exercises, as well as experiential activities for students that emphasize listening to popular, traditional, and non-Western music.

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About the Author

Kristine Forney is Professor of Music at California State University, Long Beach, where she regularly teaches music appreciation and music history to undergraduate students. Her understanding of today’s students and her highly regarded teaching abilities make her the ideal author for this appreciation-level textbook. She is also a respected scholar who has written extensively on music of the Renaissance, and is a contributor to the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 11 Csm Stg edition (June 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393912396
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393912395
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #303,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Solid Music Appreciation Textbook April 15, 2004
I am currently using the new ninth edition of this textbook for a college music appreciation class. This text is great for people who want to learn about music history in Western society (Western Europe and some of America).
Beginning with a chapter on the elements and aspects of music, the book starts with Gregorian Chant (c. 400) and quickly moves through history all the way to 20th century music, including minimalism and Arvo Part.
The reading is clear and straightforward, and the pictures and charts make the reading more exciting than your typical bland textbook. There are some problems, however.
First, this book is not adequate for music majors. As another reviewer states, many great composers here are overlooked or briefly mentioned, especially those composers who were not on the leading edge of each movement (e.g. William Byrd, Sergei Rachmaninov, Gustav Holst, Bruckner, Wolf, and Prokofiev).
Another issue that some have with the book is its inclusion of women composers into history. I understand why they do it. Even today in society there are few women composers, and it is important to teach our young women that they can write great music. On the other hand, as a result of poor musical education and opportunities, compositions of women composers such as Jacquet de la Guerre and Barbara Strozzi pale in comparison with those of Mozart, Bach, and Beethoven. This emphasis of women composers is one that is constantly undergoing debate in the music world.
If you are looking for a Music Appreciation textbook, I would strongly consider this one as well as Roger Kamien's text. If you are not taking a class and just want to learn about music, you should consider getting the 8-CD set of musical excerpts. They go along with the listening guides in the book, and help illustrate the textbook's concepts.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but older editions are better..... May 5, 2007
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I really appreciated the older editions of this book and thought the language was clear and understandable. I still think these aspects of the book are good, however, I am disappointed at the content. I agree with other reviewers who have suggested that the work should be broken into two books -- one on modern music and another on classic music. It just doesn't make any sense to skip major composers and I feel this one size fits all approach misses the mark in this regard.

On the other hand, the book is well-written and has been well-received over its many years and editions. Some reviewers point to an overly politically correct stance, which I believe has some validity. Including minor women composers at the expense of major male composers is not politically correct, it is an inexcusable error. On the other hand, excluding women's contribution to the musical literature completely or leaving out a major woman composer is also an error. I am guessing that a chapter on the cultural issues around women and music with an overview of women composers that are largely unknown or underrated would have better served the target audience.

Textbooks are EXTREMELY expensive and after so many editions, I think this one should be a homerun. Unfortunately, it is now good, but not great. If you don't like this one, you may want to try Music: An Appreciation w/ Multimedia Companion 4.5 CD-ROM. This is done by a concert pianist and does justice to the major composers.

While I am not currently a professional musician, I was for 11 years and I continue to take lessons from a concert pianist. I play a variety of instruments and I've been studying music since before I could read.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Buyer Beware! January 9, 2011
Format:CD-ROM|Verified Purchase
If you are buying the CD-ROM used, be very careful! There is a code for an accompanying website for the textbook. If the CD-ROM is used, the code will not work and you will not have access to the website that supports a course you are taking. If buying this for a class, buy it new not used.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is there a better book introducing classical music? December 25, 2001
If you love classical music, as I do, this is the book to tell you about what you are listening to. That is, for someone like me who has almost no natural musical ability, but does for some strange reason have a profound appreciation for it. How classical music manages to convey its ineffable beauty, I don't know, but it does. This book allows you to place what you are listening to in its place within the whole field of Western classical music.
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126 of 173 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Even classical music has gone politically correct! March 27, 2001
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I reviewed this book hoping to find a decent introductory overview of the history and basics of music. At the start, this text looked promising. It featured an accompanying interactive CD set with samples of the music overviewed in the text and appeared to cover a wide range of music.
What I found was thoroughly dissappointing - not necessarily the material itself, but the way the book was written. A reoccurring theme of political correctness made me want to gag at times, and at others it prompted only dissapointment at important parts of the history of music that were neglected in the place of politically correct anecdotes about multi-culturalism and entire chapters devoted to obscure composers who are included solely because they happened to be female.
The politically correct themes of this 500 page book ranged from the casual use of extreme PC terminology such as "Before the Common Era" (BCE) instead of the now politically incorrect "Before Christ" (BC) to more bizarre ventures into the realm of modern artistic "Electronic Music." At times the attention paid to modern eccentricism is an embarrassing reflection upon the author in my mind. He names and gives brief biographies of more obscure post modernists, figures in "electronic" music, and neo-romanticist composers than he does for the ENTIRE BAROQUE AND CLASSICAL PERIODS OF MUSIC COMBINED.
The detriment of doing this does not go unnoticed. The author completely neglected any mention whatsoever of the contributions of significant composers including Georg Philip Telemann, Dimitri Kabelevsky, Arthur Sullivan (of Gilbert and Sullivan), William Byrd, and Gustav Holst.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
best price thats why i bought it but that was many years ago in like 07
Published 1 day ago by Anthony T.
1.0 out of 5 stars Damaged!!!
I do not recommend it was horribly damaged. The book was torn apart and the CD ROM was scratched and umplayable
Published 8 months ago by derrick
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!
So glad I found this on Amazon as it saved me a ton of money. This book come in brand new condition with everything included as stated. Awesome transaction!!
Published 8 months ago by Trusoul4u
1.0 out of 5 stars this is a awful book!!!
this book give out question, and it is no answer in the book. are yo kidding me? dont buy this book
Published 9 months ago by tobychio
4.0 out of 5 stars Purchased for a class
Chapters are short and to the point. This book is sort of color coded for study. A great introduction to music appreciation.
Published 9 months ago by L. Comer
3.0 out of 5 stars Thank You!
This book was a study guide instead of the actual text book which i was hoping for, but i should have read the title. But overall i cant complain it is helping me with what i need
Published 10 months ago by Alexander Rodriguez
2.0 out of 5 stars The book I needed.
The book was used and that was okay and it was really cheap I got it for like half the price. BUT THEN, my class had to have the CD and the CODE to access the online home work so I... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Brittanie Bush
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I expected!
was correct book. Exactly what I expected and in the condition I expected it to be in. CDs were included as well.
Published 12 months ago by Liz
2.0 out of 5 stars not new, excessively read
The book I received had water damage on the first few pages, some of which were wrinkled probably due to being stuck together as of result of the water damage. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Student45
3.0 out of 5 stars The Enjoyment of Music
This book was for school. It was very useful that it made easy to find information that I was looking for about music. I learned a out about music.
Published 13 months ago by nilene moore
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