Listen to This!

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1/1/2011
  • Publisher: Pearson College Div
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Based on five fundamentals introduced in the beginning of the book, Bonds analyzes the great works of the Western repertoire, along with related works in popular, jazz, and world music. Hoping to motivate and inspire students in a lifelong interest in all musical forms, Bonds proceeds chronologically through time, and offers a true listening approach. Within each section, each chapter focuses on a single work, bringing in related information about the composer and his/her times, as needed. The chapters focus on a series of Listening Guides that offer richer analysis and more detailed guidance than any other text, and sidebars on technology and music, the music business, and contemporary culture also enhance the book.

Table of Contents

The Elements of Music: A Brief Introduction
Sci-Tech:The acoustics of melody
Harmony Cultural Contexts:Illegal Harmony?
Timbre Sci-Tech:The acoustics of timbre
Word-Music Relationships
The Middle Ages
Part-opener: The Middle Ages
The Middle Ages: An Overview
Hildegard von Bingen:Play of Virtues(excerpt) (3:30) Texture
Primarily monophonic
Primarily conjunct, occasionally disjunct
Word-Music Relationships
Primarily syllabic, occasionally melismatic
Primarily free, but at one point in duple meter
Listening Guide Bio: Visions Through Music
The Composer Speaks: Hildegard Defends the Practice of Music Cultural
Contexts:The Morality Play Expand Your Playlist:Chant(Christian plainchant, Buddhist, Hindu, Islamic, Jewish chant)
San Ildefonso Indians of New Mexico:Eagle Dance(3:00) (Global Connection: Chant) Texture
All voices sing one melodic line together
Word-Music Relationships
Voices as instruments
A terraced melody
Listening Guide Cultural Contexts:The Powwow Expand Your Playlist:Native American Music
Francesco Landini: "Behold, Spring" (1:13) Texture: Polyphonic
Triple meter
Largely stepwise; each unit ends with a cadence
Shaped by form of text, with repeated text set to same music (ABBA)
Word-Music Relationships
Largely syllabic, occasionally melismatic
Listening Guide Bio: The Composer as Poet The Money Trail:Producing a Manuscript Expand Your Playlist:Medieval polyphony (Perotin, Machaut, da Firenze)
Alfonso el Sabio:Songs to the Virgin Maryno
249, "He Who Gladly Serves" (1:48) Timbre: Contrast between the percussion instruments (two drums) and the wind instruments (two shawms)
Form: Repetition and variation of short melodic units throughout (A, B, and C)
Texture: Three distinct textures on the sha
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