Written in a lively and appealing style, Listening to Music provides the foundation for acquiring a lifelong knowledge and appreciation of music. It concentrates on the effective listening skills needed to identify composers and to recognize their styles and some of their representative works. Readers are encouraged to become informed consumers of music and active supporters of the arts.
This comprehensive book covers the musical process, the materials of music, the common style periods of concert music (from the Baroque period to the present), and adjunct music, including North American popular music, broadway musical theater, and music in the movies.
A useful reference work for those in the music industry.
A reader-friendly introductory text designed to help students develop a lifelong knowledge and appreciation of music, with sections on the musical process, the materials of music, the common style periods of concert music, and adjunct music such as American popular music and Broadway musical theater. Includes color illustrations and b&w photos of instruments, works of art, and key figures, plus listening activities and guides, boxes on listening insights and historical perspectives, and some 60 biographical sketches. Musical supplements are available on audio tape or CD. Zorn is chairman of the music education department at the University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music. August is a playwright and writing consultant. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)