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5-CD set for Music: An Appreciation, Brief Edition 7th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0077377724
ISBN-10: 0077377729
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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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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 7 edition (July 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0077377729
  • ISBN-13: 978-0077377724
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.3 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #370,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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A decent compilation. I had to purchase this for my Intro to Music course at Drexel University. It's strong collection, and cuts straight to the highlight points of the songs they want you to know.

If you are thinking about buying this (older) editon of the newer 4-CD set, do it! It's cheaper, and virtually the same collection.
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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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I've used this text book for the past 5 years in my college entrance to Fine Arts Music class. Personally I've found this text book very easy to use compared to other texts. Subject matter is laid out logically according to music time periods starting with the Medieval era and coming to the present. Plenty of listening and written musical examples to illustrate the evolution of music from a Western World view. Does not include any music of the world such as Oriental, East Indian, South Pacific history. The brief is approximately 200 pages shorter than the full text version, but I prefer this shorter version for beginning college students.
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By smoochies on February 17, 2016
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This is a wonderful book as far as explanation and ease of readability goes. The author is clearly knowledgeable and well educated in this subject. I really enjoyed the illustrations and layout of this text. The online services as well as the cd roms are a very useful tool when studying and preparing the material for in class exams. It also served as a building block in learning the material easier and probably more efficiently.
Overall glad this is the book suggested for my course in Music Appreciation!
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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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This book was delivered in the condition as described. Some minor wear, but as it is a text book, I can live with that! Overall, I am satisfied with my purchase. The text itself reads well, and is informative.
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It's a good history on music, concise, but provides a lot of good info. If you're taking MUSI 1306 please get this book instead of the overpriced one, unless your prof specifically asks for that (mine didn't) this will save you 100 dollars seriously and you can find all the music on the cover and back of the book. From there look up the music on Youtube people, this is some old music. They're available online. Save you moolah!
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