How to Listen to Great Music A Guide to Its History, Culture, and Heart

ISBN-10: 0452297087
ISBN-13: 9780452297081
Edition: 2011
Authors: Robert Greenberg
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List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 4/26/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

From one of the most trusted names in continuing education-the knowledge you need to unlock "the most abstract and sublime of all the arts." Whether you're listening in a concert hall or on your iPod, concert music has the power to move you. The right knowledge can deepen the ability of this music to edify, enlighten, and stir the soul. In How to Listen to Great Music, Professor Robert Greenberg, a composer and music historian, presents a comprehensive, accessible guide to how music has mirrored Western history, that will transform the experience of listening for novice and long-time listeners alike. You will learn how to listen for key elements in different genres of music - from madrigals to minuets and from sonatas to symphonies-along with the enthralling history of great music from ancient Greece to the 20th century. You'll get answers to such questions as Why was Beethoven so important? How did the Enlightenment change music? And what's so great about opera anyway? How to Listen to Great Musicwill let you finally hear what you've been missing.

Robert Greenberg is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Brandeis University. His articles have appeared in the History of Philosophy Quarterly and the Journal of Philosophy .

Understanding and Listening to Music
A Mad Dash Through the Roots of Western Music
The Music of the Medieval Church
A Necessary and Invigorating Excursion into the Worlds of Music Theory and Terminology
Emotional Exuberance and Intellectual Control: The Paradox of Baroque Art
Play It, Don't Say It: The Rise of Instrumental Music
National Styles: Italy and Germany (or Why German Music Will Never Hit Your Eye Like a Big Pizza Pie and Italian Music Will Never Go from Best to Wurst]
Fugue It!
Opera: The Baroque Expressive Revolution in Action
Opera Goes to Church
A New Liturgy Comes of Age: Lutheran Baroque Sacred Music
Instrumental Form in Baroque Era Music
Baroque Era Musical Genres
Enlightened Is as Enlightened Does: An Introduction to the Classical Era
Putting It All Together: Classical Era Musical Form, Part One
Classical Era Musical Form, Part Two
Classical Era Orchestral Genres, Part One
Classical Era Orchestral Genres, Part Two
Send in the Buffone: Opera in the Classical Era
A Revolutionary Artist for a Revolutionary Time: Ludwig van Beethoven
Beethoven's Compositional Innovations: When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Innovate
Isn't It Romantic?: The Music of the Nineteenth Century
Structural Problems: Formal Challenges in Early Romantic Music
Going Beyond Beethoven: Hector Berlioz's Symphony Fantastique and the Program Symphony
Nineteenth-Century Italian Opera
Giuseppe Verdi: It's All About the People-Dramatic Truth in Italian Opera
Nineteenth-Century German Opera: Von Weber and Wagner, Nationalism and Experimentation
Of Thee I Sing: Musical Nationalism in the Nineteenth Century
Romantic Nationalism, Russian Style
A Modern Music for a Modern World
Revolutions, Evolutions, and �-isms� Galore: The Making of a New Music in the Early Twentieth Century
From Russia with Rhythm: Igor Stravinsky
No Waltz in the Park: Arnold Schoenberg's Vienna and Expressionism
Postlude
Music Selections
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

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