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Unit I has 5 chapters covering the fundamentals of musical theory. Sound, time, pitch, structure, form and style. Unit II is a 4-chapter overview of early music, starting with the Middle Ages. Unit III covers the 18th century in 6 chapters, starting with Late Baroque. Unit IV focuses on the 19th century, starting with Beethoven and finishing with the Late Romantics in 5 chapters.
Unit V: The Twentieth Century, was my favourite section. The prelude chapter discusses the concepts of music and modernism. The next chapter covers the early 20th century, then there is a chapter on alternatives to modernism, and the fourth chapter covers the late 20the century. Chapter 24 focuses on music in America: Jazz.
The book is organised around listening samples. These are available on a set of a 6 accompanying CDs. I liked the samples chosen. The late 20th century chapter, for example, discussed works by Ligeti, Berio, Varese, Cage, Crumb, Leon, Gubaidulina and Reich.
An alternative to "Listen" is Music: An appreciation" by Roger Kamien. It seems to me to have a bit more on artistic context, whilst at the same time covering more topics at slightly more depth.
However, "Listen" is well organised (always a good sign), and richly illustrated. Historical events are touched upon, and there is some reference to other art forms in context with the music of the time. I would recommend it as an introductory text even if you don't need to read it for school. Of course a book like this can cover topics only to a limited depth.
I am a music major in college and own this book just because it is so user friendly.
With the help of the content in this book I was able to get an A in the class and would definitely recommend all music students and enthusasts purchae this book.
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Bought this book for my music class and I am very thrilled with the purchase. The book was brand new and in good condition. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jessica A
used it for a college course, great information and it's very useful.Published 1 month ago by i.lam
Book was in great condition but the CD was not in my package. Really disappointed.Published 11 months ago by Vanessa Reyes
Didn't come with the DVD, like I was hoping for, but the book was in fairly decent shape. I'm not that disappointed though as it did say that the DVD was not guaranteedPublished 12 months ago by Brandon Lewis