How to Listen to Great Music

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-04-26
  • Publisher: Plume

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From one of the most trusted names in continuing education-the knowledge you need to unlock "the most abstract and sublime of all the arts." Whether you're listening in a concert hall or on your iPod, concert music has the power to move you. The right knowledge can deepen the ability of this music to edify, enlighten, and stir the soul. In How to Listen to Great Music, Professor Robert Greenberg, a composer and music historian, presents a comprehensive, accessible guide to how music has mirrored Western history, that will transform the experience of listening for novice and long-time listeners alike. You will learn how to listen for key elements in different genres of music - from madrigals to minuets and from sonatas to symphonies-along with the enthralling history of great music from ancient Greece to the 20th century. You'll get answers to such questions as Why was Beethoven so important? How did the Enlightenment change music? And what's so great about opera anyway? How to Listen to Great Musicwill let you finally hear what you've been missing.

Table of Contents

Understanding and Listening to Musicp. 1
A Mad Dash Through the Roots of Western Musicp. 7
The Music of the Medieval Churchp. 13
A Necessary and Invigorating Excursion into the Worlds of Music Theory and Terminologyp. 30
Emotional Exuberance and Intellectual Control: The Paradox of Baroque Artp. 36
Play It, Don't Say It: The Rise of Instrumental Musicp. 45
National Styles: Italy and Germany (or Why German Music Will Never Hit Your Eye Like a Big Pizza Pie and Italian Music Will Never Go from Best to Wurst]p. 54
Fugue It!p. 63
Opera: The Baroque Expressive Revolution in Actionp. 69
Opera Goes to Churchp. 79
A New Liturgy Comes of Age: Lutheran Baroque Sacred Musicp. 88
Instrumental Form in Baroque Era Musicp. 96
Baroque Era Musical Genresp. 102
Enlightened Is as Enlightened Does: An Introduction to the Classical Erap. 111
Putting It All Together: Classical Era Musical Form, Part Onep. 124
Classical Era Musical Form, Part Twop. 137
Classical Era Orchestral Genres, Part Onep. 146
Classical Era Orchestral Genres, Part Twop. 156
Send in the Buffone: Opera in the Classical Erap. 166
A Revolutionary Artist for a Revolutionary Time: Ludwig van Beethovenp. 177
Beethoven's Compositional Innovations: When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Innovatep. 186
Isn't It Romantic?: The Music of the Nineteenth Centuryp. 197
Structural Problems: Formal Challenges in Early Romantic Musicp. 205
Going Beyond Beethoven: Hector Berlioz's Symphony Fantastique and the Program Symphonyp. 215
Nineteenth-Century Italian Operap. 228
Giuseppe Verdi: It's All About the People-Dramatic Truth in Italian Operap. 234
Nineteenth-Century German Opera: Von Weber and Wagner, Nationalism and Experimentationp. 241
Of Thee I Sing: Musical Nationalism in the Nineteenth Centuryp. 255
Romantic Nationalism, Russian Stylep. 264
A Modern Music for a Modern Worldp. 271
Revolutions, Evolutions, and ô-ismsö Galore: The Making of a New Music in the Early Twentieth Centuryp. 280
From Russia with Rhythm: Igor Stravinskyp. 288
No Waltz in the Park: Arnold Schoenberg's Vienna and Expressionismp. 295
Postludep. 305
Music Selectionsp. 309
Glossaryp. 315
Bibliographyp. 323
Indexp. 325
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