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Music: An Appreciation
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The only thing this work lacks is impossible for any work that attempts to offer a complete appreciation of music to achieve, complete scope.
I recommend this set.
Music used to be written as much for the mind as the ear. In some vocal pieces, lyrics correspond to melody. For example, if the word "ascending" is used in the song, the notes of the melody also go up. Vice-versa for descending. If the song mentions one person, a single voice is used--three voices come in when three people are in the storyline.
The musical selections are varied and enjoyable to listen to.
As a person with a few listening skills, I wish more joyful pieces were here. Some of the music seems overtly here for historic context; but, please don't exact the comment as negativity, but only for face-value. I feel Gustav Mahler had a tremendous impact on society particularly since the 1960s and '70s and is a strange omission. Also, I feel a section of one of Gilbert & Sullivan's operas belongs in this class. Students may relate the storytelling with orchestral music if they understood the language, and Gilbert and Sullivan composed in English. Gilbert and Sullivan operas are just as good as any other opera. English opera could be important because many of the people in my class have the attitude of, "What, you actually expect me to listen to this stuff?" Well, some people in the class are just idiotic, anyway. They don't know what they are saying; but, the quicker they relate, the more convinced we make them, that this music really is better. We must tell the students what makes better music; otherwise, they go back to Paula Abdul. Do you know what I mean?
One thing I noted, the CDs use multiple tracks for each single piece of music. E.g., Duke Ellington's C-Jam Blues, the second piece of music in the set, runs 2:38, but it is divided into 8 CD tracks so that teachers can goto a specific place within the song. I understand the point, but dividing the songs into different tracks confuses me, a student, because the class uses the CD set to test me on "music recognition". I have to hunt down the manual with every listen because the pieces aren't just more simply track-labeled according to piece.Read more ›
This book is a good place to start if you want to learn the most basic of basics, especially if you use the CDs also. It's pretty nifty that CDs are incorporated into the text...like, "If you want an example of a Gregorian Chant, listen to track 19, oh and by the way, here's the history of this particular song." It covers a decent amount of ground as far as learning musical terms, characteristics of different kinds of music, etc.
As far as history goes, it's pretty much completely European and American oriented, as if those are the only two places in the world that create music. The history is fascinating, but very limited in scope.
A final tip--buy this book used, like I did. $10 is all you should pay for this book and the CDs, not $100.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great coverage and understandable language. Covers Middle Ages to present. Goes into detail too much in a few places and discusses topics of elevated theory, but these can be... Read morePublished 1 month ago by R. Michael Craig
The book was okay, but I was expecting a new book. This book was clearly old and smelly when I received it. Was not a happy camper about that.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great textbook or just book for an introduction to music, especially for beginner of Music studies. Even better in combination with the cd set.Published 3 months ago by Andrea R. Zabcik
I've barely used this book for my class but it comes in handy when I do need it and you can't beat the low pricesPublished 5 months ago by Patricia Thompson
This was a required textbook for a college music appreciation class. There's a lot of info in here so study up!Published 8 months ago by Chaddy Mac