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The World of Music

The World of Music
Author: David Willoughby
ISBN 13: 9780073401416
ISBN 10: 73401412
Edition: 7
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
Publication Date: 2009-07-30
Format: Paperback
Pages: 384
List Price: $36.07

The World of Music is a music appreciation book designed for instructors who want to focus on listening to music as it exists in the real world of their students. Expanding the traditional repertoire used for music study, this popular text begins with American folk, religious, jazz, popular, and ethnic music before introducing some world music and concluding with a thorough overview of Western classical music. The approach captures the essence of each repertoire, and equips students to recognize different styles, appreciate their different functions, and possess a solid foundation for a lifetime of musical appreciation.


A new edition of the survey text instructing students in the infinite variety of music using a global perspective. Willoughby (Susquehanna U.) develops listening skills and music appreciation by studying folk, jazz, world music, and the classics up to John Cage. It's a user friendly approach supplying some technical terms but emphasizing description, identification, and relational concepts. The appendices note composers, acoustics, instrument listings according to tone, and describe Western notation. The music referred to by the text must be purchased separately. A two-CD or cassette set with 50 examples or a five-CD set with 104 examples are reportedly available. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)