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The Enjoyment of Music: An Introduction to Perceptive Listening (Shorter Eleventh Edition) 11th Edition

4.2 out of 5 stars 81 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0393934151
ISBN-10: 0393934152
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About the Author

Kristine Forney has been a member of the Music History/Musicology faculty at California State University, Long Beach, since 1978. She specializes in Renaissance music, is a performer and teacher of historical instruments, and is the author of numerous scholarly articles exploring diverse facets of Renaissance musical life and practices. She has taught music appreciation to thousands of undergraduate students, and has been an author of The Enjoyment of Music since 1988.

The late Joseph Machlis was professor of music at Queens College of the City University of New York. Among his many publications are Introduction to Contemporary Music (Norton) and singing translations for many operas.
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Product Details

  • Series: Enjoyment of Music: An Introduction to (Book 11)
  • Paperback: 428 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 11 edition (January 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393934152
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393934151
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.8 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The Enjoyment of Music' was actually enjoyable to read, for being a textbook! It discusses music from the Middle Ages to the present. For each song that the chapter covers, it contains a listening guide. The listening guides include some tips on what to listen for, what instruments are playing, the English translations for lyrics in foreign languages, and some other stuff for the music lover. It also has biographical notes on composers and historical notes on the time periods. The only thing I wish this book covered a little more thoroughly was the definitions of their words.
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This is a pretty nice textbook; I skimmed through it and felt that it was well-detailed and organized with lots of visual aids and a really nice built-in learning platform through the publisher.

By flipping through it I actually realized that I hadn't signed up for a music appreciation class so much as I had signed up for a class that wanted me to analyze melodies and things like that. It was my mistake that doing this made the book nonreturnable to amazon (as the book comes sealed in plastic to ensure the code inside isn't used) though I was still able to sell it through my seller account and be alright. If nothing else, skipping around this book and reading a little here and there made me realize the the subject matter just isn't for me and to avoid music-related courses in the future. I like listening to music as much as anyone, but I'd definitely rather not put a lot of though into the actual nature of music/sound/etc.

In any case, from what I saw, this is a suitable text for anyone taking classes in this subject matter, although be wary about the codes in unused books; if you know you need the code, it's best to buy new from amazon, though you can easily purchase a new code off the publisher's website to access all the online stuff that ties into the textbook.
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When the it arrived in the mail, I was a little disappointed that I paid $66.67 for a new textbook that didn't come with the set of 4 CDs, but I realized that you were supposed to buy it separately. If it weren't for the access codes, I would have saved a lot of money and bought a used book. However, the access to the interactive online database really helps on tests and quizzes. This book is really useful and good at making musical terminology easy to understand. If you need it for a class, I would recommend it.
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I needed this book for the class I was taking. The book was perfect and full of all the information I needed for class; the CD was actually a STUDY GUIDE DVD which was AWESOME; I copied the music CDs from my classmate. Having the DVD was a sweet bonus!!! Got an A in class so I can honestly say the Book and DVD rocked!!
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I bought this book for a Music Appreciation class, and I really like the book. I am not much into history, but I do love music. This book gives insight into the history of music and historical people who have changed music over time. I think the book is great!
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Its really unfortunate that this purchase is essentially useless to me without the included dvd/cd's of music. The book talks about a particular piece of music - with the intention that you'd be listening to it simultaneously.
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Got the book just in time for class and it was in good condition. Mine came with the online access code which I wasn't expect so that was nice as it saved me ~$15. (I still haven't used it)
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I am very happy with the books I ordered. My only confusion is that I asked to rent them and paid the rental price--which is a great price--but I am confused as to the procedures to return them in May. The original instructions said that I would receive a return label to slap on an envelope, but no such label was in the shipment when I received the books. (I ordered 2 copies of the same book.) Can you help me?
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