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Listen to the music. Hear the elements. Expand your playlist. #xA0; The first edition of Listen to Thisstruck a chord with professors and students with its powerful message of listen to the music, hear the elements, and expand your playlist! Professors at over 160 institutions across the country selected Listen to Thisfor their music appreciation students. And 70% decided to offer MyMusicLab to their students as the source for streaming audio and an interactive learning environment to improve their students#x19; listening skills. #xA0; #xA0; Listen to Thiswas created for today#x19;s students. It will expand your students#x19; playlist with its listening-oriented approach and the integration of the musical elements.#xA0; For the professor, it provides a customizable, modular format that gives you the flexibility to design your ideal music appreciation course. Listen to Thisalso encourages students to explore history, culture, and musical styles through active listening, not just through passive reading. By concentrating on the elements of music, students develop the ability to connect earlier music with their own music. Praised by students and instructors alike for its engaging writing style, stunning design, and flexible format, this text will instill a life-long appreciation and understanding of music in your students by expanding their playlist today! #xA0; What are instructors saying about Listen to Thisand MyMusicLab? #xA0; #x1C;The focus is on the music!The musical elements and historical understanding are an out growth of the music,rather than the music becoming examples of the elements and history.#x1D; -Janet Barnard, Clovis Community College #xA0; #x1C;Students expect rich web support for their textbooks, and MyMusicLab is exquisite support,especially the guided listeningfeature.#x1D;- Dominic A. Aquila, Schoolcraft College #xA0; #xA0; And what do the students think? #xA0; #x1C;I liked the needle-drop activities the most. They would help you to hear and better understandthe different elements of music.#x1D; -Nick McCormick, Business Management Major, Wayne State College #xA0; #x1C;I liked the listening guides the most. They were very helpful and easy to understand.#x1D; -Caleigh Cronan, Spanish Major, Harding University #xA0; #x1C;Quizzing myself with the listening activities helped my grades immensely. I'm not a music person, but MyMusicLab helped me to earn an A.#x1D; - Student, University of North Texas#xA0; #xA0; #x1C;I loved the listening guides the best because they had examples, and explanation, so that you could understand and follow what you were listening to better, in terms of the musical vocabulary.#x1D; -#xA0;Student, University of Massachusetts, Boston #xA0; #x1C;I liked that I could use it online, wherever I am, and I could listen to my listening assignments at the same time I had the eBook there.#x1D; - Student, Brigham Young University #xA0; #x1C;MyMusicLab was an interactive way of learning and helped me immensely, since I am a visual learner.#xA0; The materials helped me study better for tests and ultimately helped me succeed in the class.#xA0; I got an A+ in the class thanks to MyMusicLab!#x1D; - Student, Modesto Junior College

Author Biography

MARK EVAN BONDS is the Boshamer Distinguished Professor of Music at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he has taught since 1992. He received his B.A. from Duke University and earned his Ph.D. at Harvard. He has written several books and numerous essays on music, including Music as Thought: Listening to the Symphony in the Age of Beethoven and A History of Music Western Culture, now in its third edition.  Listen to This reflects his experience and dedication to teaching music appreciation to undergraduates for almost 20 years.

Table of Contents

The Elements of Music: A Brief Introduction



Part One: The Middle Ages 

Chapter 1. Hildegard von Bingen: Play of Virtues (excerpt)

Web Bonus 1: Plainchant Alleluia “Caro mea” from the Mass for the Feast of Corpus Christi 

Chapter 2. San Ildefonso Indians of New Mexico: Eagle Dance

Chapter 3. Francesco Landini: "Behold, Spring"  

Chapter 4: Guillaume de Machaut, ““I can all too well compare my lady”

Chapter 5. Alfonso el Sabio: Songs to the Virgin Mary no. 249, "He Who Gladly Serves"


Part Two: The Renaissance

Chapter 6. Josquin des Prez: "The Cricket"

Chapter 7. Thomas Weelkes: "Since Robin Hood"

Chapter 8. William Byrd: "Sing Joyfully"

Chapter 9. Rhyming Singers of the Bahamas: "My Lord Help Me To Pray"

(Global Connection: Polyphony)

WEB BONUS CHAPTER 2.  Tielman Susato: Moorish Dance


Part Three: The Baroque Era

Chapter 10. Claudio Monteverdi: Orpheus, selection from Act II

Chapter 11. Henry Purcell: Dido and Aeneas: Overture and Act I, nos. 1-4

Chapter 12. Mbuti Pygmies: "Marriage Celebration Song"

Chapter 13. Barbara Strozzi: "Revenge"

Chapter 14. J. S. Bach: Fugue in G minor, BWV 578 (“Little”)

Chapter 15. Antonio Vivaldi: Four Seasons, "Winter," first movement

Chapter 16. J. S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto no. 2 in F Major, BWV 1047, finale

Chapter 17. George Frideric Handel: Water Music: Hornpipe

Chapter 18. Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantata 140 (“Awake, a Voice Calls to Us”), selections

Chorus: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme

Chorale: Gloria sei dir gesungen

Chapter 19. G. F. Handel: Messiah, selections

He that dwelleth in heaven (recitative)

Thou shalt break them (aria)

Halleluiah (chorus)


Part Four: The Classical Era

Chapter 20. Joseph Haydn: String Quartet op. 76, no. 3, second movement

Chapter 21. Master Musicians of the Ikuta-ryu (Japan): Cherry Blossom

Chapter 22. Haydn: Symphony no. 102, second and third movements



Chapter 23. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony no. 40, first movement

Chapter 24. W. A. Mozart: Piano Concerto K. 488, first movement

Chapter 25. W. A. Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro, Act I, selection

Web Bonus Chapter 3. Lisa Lu and the Beijing Opera Company: The Reunion

Chapter 26: Billings: Chester


Part Five: The Nineteenth Century

Chapter 27. Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no. 5 (complete)

Chapter 28. Franz Schubert: "Erlking,"D. 328

Chapter 29. Felix Mendelssohn: Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Chapter 30. Hector Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique, fourth movement ("March to the Scaffold")

Chapter 31. Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel: Piano Trio, op. 11, second movement

WEB BONUS CHAPTER4   Robert Schumann: "Dedication"

Chapter 32. Clara Schumann: "Forward!"

Chapter 33. Chopin: Mazurka in Bb, op. 7, no. 1

Chapter 34. Louis Moreau Gottschalk: Union

Chapter 35. Ravi Shankar (India): Raga Bairaga

(Global Connection: Virtuosity)

Chapter 36. Giuseppe Verdi: La Traviata, Act I, selection

Chapter 37. Richard Wagner: The Valkyrie, Act III, selection ("Wotan’s farewell")

Chapter 38. Johannes Brahms: Symphony no. 4, finale

Chapter 39. Antonin DvoYák: String Quartet in F Major, op. 96 (“American”), third movement


Part Six: The Twentieth Century

Chapter 40. Claude Debussy: Voiles from Preludes, book 1

Chapter 41. Gamelan Gong Kebyar of Belaluan (Bali): Kebyar Ding III, "Oncang-oncangan"

Chapter 42. Charles Ives: The Unanswered Question

Chapter 43. Arnold Schoenberg: "Columbine" from Pierrot lunaire

Chapter 44. Igor Stravinsky: Rite of Spring, Part 1 (excerpt)

Chapter 45. Scott Joplin: Maple Leaf Rag

Chapter 46. Robert Johnson: "Terraplane Blues"

Chapter 47. Duke Ellington: Cotton Tail

Chapter 48. Charlie Parker: Ornithology

Chapter 49. Ruth Crawford: Piano Study in Mixed Accents

Chapter 50. Germaine Tailleferre: Concertino for Harp and Orchestra, finale

Chapter 51. William Grant Still: "A Black Pierrot"from Songs of Separation

Chapter 52. Aaron Copland: "Hoe-Down" from Rodeo

Chapter 53. Béla Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra, “Game of Pairs”

Chapter 54. Leonard Bernstein: "Tonight" from West Side Story (ensemble)

Chapter 55. John Cage: Indeterminacy (excerpt)

Chapter 56. Philip Glass: "Knee Play 1" from Einstein on the Beach.

Chapter 57. Chuck Berry: "School Day"

WEB BONUS CHAPTER5.  Mahalia Jackson: "It Don't Cost Very Much"

Chapter 58. Marvelettes:  "Please, Mr. Postman"

Chapter 59. Beach Boys: "Good Vibrations"

WEB BONUS CHAPTER6.  Sex Pistols, “God Save the Queen”

Chapter 60. Public Enemy: "Fight the Power"

Chapter 61. Tania Léon: A la Par, second movement("Guaguancó")  

Chapter 62. Tan Dun: “Farewell” from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon


Part Seven: Music Today


Appendix: Instruments











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