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Aaron Copland’s well-known and highly regarded compositions, performed and recorded extensively throughout the world, include the Pulitzer Prize–winning ballet Appalachian Spring, as well as Billy the Kid, Rodeo, Lincoln Portrait, and the film scores of Our Town and The Heiress. On being awarded a Congressional Gold Medal in 1986, Copland was praised for his “uniquely American music that reflects the very soul and experience of our people.” During his career, Copland taught composition at Harvard and the Berkshire Music Center, lectured all over the United States, and wrote Our New Music and Music and Imagination. He died in 1990.
What makes What to Listen for in Music so invaluable is that it is the ONLY book on musical appreciation written by a GREAT COMPOSER.
Recommended by a friend, this is a very clear, easy to follow book for anyone who likes or loves classical music and wants to get even more enjoyment out of it.
It is not easy, you need to give it a lot of time, and access to a CD library so you can access all the works he uses to illustrate the book is very useful.
Very good and comprehensive. A lot to learn for the novice and includes a lot of history of the life of some composers! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Gunter HORMANN
The book has good information, but it is written in a flowery style. I prefer a simple style that explains musical structure, lists important musicians and outlines music history.Published 4 months ago by Siu Mirys
Great book for insight into classical music for the moderately informed. Brings to light the structure and brilliance of the composers cited in the book. A great resource.Published 6 months ago by Larry Reimer
The best book on this topic I have ever read. Aaron Copeland articulately documented the things true musicians understand about music.Published 6 months ago by Frank R. Caruso
If I ordered this book, I don't remember this book. It was obviously ordered for a class I had to take.Published 6 months ago by Angelia S. Sturdivant
This is a book that was required for a class I'm taking. It's a good read for the musician or non-musician and offers a unique perspective from inside the composer's mind.Published 6 months ago by backpacking gal
I just don't like reading anything I am forced. This might be awesome for someone passionate about music, but I am not.Published 6 months ago by jordi
Aaron Copland was a great American composer and he wrote a lucid and informative compilation of music history, concepts, and musical forms. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Maurice