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This is a reprint of the enormously popular 1957 edition of Copland's guide to music. There is no new text by Copland, only a new introduction by composer William Schuman, which is more an encomium to the "Dean of American Music." In large measure, the book owes its success to its simple, jargon-free language and engaging style. One wishes, though, that Copland might have added an assessment of the musical scene of the past 30 years. The bibliography has not been updated and is thus virtually useless, with the most recent entry 1955. Nonetheless, the book remains an excellent guide for the novice. Larry Lipkis, Moravian Coll., Bethlehem, Pa.
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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.
I am at the point where I don't have any knowledge of music theory, but have a massive urge to learn and listen to more classical music. Read morePublished 2 months ago by V.P.
I am not a musician and this was for a music class for school. I gives you the principals of music before going to class. Read morePublished 2 months ago by james hodge
Well written. It's clear he loved music and wanted other people to be able to enjoy it like he did. A little outdated (talking about how most people should have access to classical... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ryan S.
A great book, classic. Like taking a college music appreciation course, but better.Published 5 months ago by Nanette Leleux
Daughter ordered it for her music class as a textbook, but said she actually enjoyed reading it.Published 7 months ago by K.Flynn
Masterpiece. Should be required reading in high school throughout the land.Published 8 months ago by J. Alexander Bodkin