Listen

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Bedford/St. Martin's, Feb 21, 2007 - Music - 457 pages
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Widely praised by instructors for its captivating presentation of musical concepts, this landmark music-appreciation text continues to help transform students into active, insightful listeners. Authors Joseph Kerman and Gary Tomlinson, two of America’s leading musicologists and music educators, are both known as inspirational and wide-ranging teachers. Their diverse experience, lively writing style, and clear explanations of musical concepts make music approachable and engaging for students in the introductory course. Their text continually offers the highest quality recordings, the clearest Listening Charts, and the richest cultural contexts to inform students’ listening. Now the sixth edition of Listen extends its proven approach into the multimedia environment with new music, new media, and a new look, making it easier than ever to discover the best way to listen.

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For the Musically Challenged!

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A pretty straightforward intro text to music theory. Used in combination with the Listen DVD and 6 CD set for an elective undergraduate class, and was extremely helpful in demonstrating and explaining musical concepts to my unmusically inclined brain! Read full review

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A pretty straightforward intro text to music theory. Used in combination with the Listen DVD and 6 CD set for an elective undergraduate class, and was extremely helpful in demonstrating and explaining musical concepts to my unmusically inclined brain! Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Joseph Kerman was a leading musicologist, music critic, and music educator from the 1950s to the 2000s. He reshaped our understanding and appreciation of Western classical music with his first book, Opera as Drama (1956), to his last, Opera and the Morbidity of Music (2008), including his studies on Bach, Beethoven, William Byrd, concertos, and more. He was a professor at the University of California at Berkeley, where he served two terms as chair of the Music Department. He wrote Listen together with his wife, Vivian Kerman.

Gary Tomlinson taught at the University of Pennsylvania before moving to Yale University in 2011, where he is now the John Hay Whitney Professor and Director of the Whitney Humanities Center. A former MacArthur Fellow, he has authored books on Claudio Monteverdi, Renaissance musical culture, the opera, and the singing rituals of the Aztecs and Incas. His latest book, A Million Years in Music, describes the evolutionary emergence of music. Tomlinson and Kerman worked together on five editions of Listen before Joseph Kerman died in 2014 as this edition went to press, just shy of his ninetieth birthday.Teaching was at the heart and soul of Kerman's musical career, and it remains so in Tomlinson's. Between them, their wide-ranging course offerings have encompassed harmony and ear-training, opera, world music, popular music, and interdisciplinary studies, including seminars in music history, criticism, anthropology, and many times over Introduction to Music for non-majors.

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