Music: The Art of Listening

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  • Edition: 8th
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  • Copyright: 2009-07-14
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
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Music: The Art of Listeningweaves the story of great music into the fabric of cultural and social history to provide the reader with a context for developing appreciation. In a clear and accessible format, Jean Ferris and new coauthor Larry Worster introduce music from across several centuries, helping the listener develop techniques to fully appreciate music along the way. Using listening guides, insights into the composers, and illustrations from other arts,Music: The Art of Listeningprovides every student with a way to engage with great music and to carry that engagement into their wider listening world.

Author Biography

After receiving her MA in Music History and Literature at Arizona State University, Jean Ferris taught Music History and Appreciation at ASU. In addition to her work at the University, she has been involved with the music community by serving as a church choir director, singing with the Phoenix Symphony Chorale, playing the organ, and touring to Japan with her high school handbell choir--apparently the first handbell choir to perform in that country.

Ferris is the author of two books: Music: The Art of Listening and America's Musical Landscape.

Larry Worster (B.S., St. Lawrence University; B.A., University of Colorado at Boulder; M.M. University of Colorado at Boulder; Ph.D., University of Colorado at Boulder) is a Professor of Music at Metropolitan State College of Denver. He taught previously at the University of Colorado, Regis College, and Denver University. He performed for ten years (1984-94) in the Irish folk ensemble Colcannon. Dr. Worster has been active in the leadership of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the College Music Society, the Society for American Music, and the Board of Directors of the Boulder Bach Festival. He is the author of Cecil Effinger: A Colorado Composer published in 1997 by Scarecrow Press. He has published articles in the American Music Research Center Journal and the Sonneck Society Bulletin and presented papers at conferences of the American Musicological Society, Sonneck Society, and the College Music Society. His ChartCreator software is published as shareware at www.chartcreator.com. Six customized sets of ChartPlayer software for the support of general studies music textbooks have been published by McGraw-Hill.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents Listening Examples Optional Listening Guides Preface Overture PART ONE: BASIC CONCEPTS Part One Opener Chapter 1. Sound Pitch Naming Pitches Notating Pitches Intervals Dynamics Listening Example 1. Richard Strauss: Introduction toAlso sprach Zarathustra Summary Critical Thinking Terms to Review Encore Chapter 2. Rhythm Tempo Meter Listening Example 2. Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Russian Dance (Trepak) from The Nutcracker Conducting Patterns Summary Critical Thinking Terms to Review Encore Connection: Rhythm in the Music of Africa and India Chapter 3. Melody Melodic Types Scales Major and Minor Scales Tonic Note Chromatic Scale Whole-Tone Scale Pentatonic Scale Listening Example 3. Anonymous: "Amazing Grace" Summary Critical Thinking Terms to Review Encore Connection: Melody in China and in India Chapter 4. Harmony Chords Tonality Consonance and Dissonance Listening Example 4. Charles Ives: "London Bridge Is Fallen Down" fromOld Home Days Suite Texture Summary Critical Thinking Terms to Review Encore Chapter 5. Timbre Vocal Timbres Instruments of the Orchestra String Instruments Woodwinds Brass Instruments Percussion Instruments Listening Example 5. Benjamin Britten:The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra Keyboard Instruments Harpsichord Piano Pipe Organ Electronic Instruments Electronic Synthesizer MIDI Summary Critical Thinking Terms to Review Encore Connection: Music Timbres around the World Chapter 6. Attending Performances Performance Procedures Orchestral Performances Orchestral Forms The Printed Program Band Performances Other Performances Chamber Music Choral Music Dance Musical Theater Jazz Summary Critical Thinking Terms to Review PART TWO: ANCIENT GREECE, THE MIDDLE AGES, THE RENAISSANCE Part Two Opener Chapter 7. The Music of Ancient Greece Historical perspective Music in Greek Life The Greeks' Lasting Influence Music and Words Stories and Myths The Philosophy of Music Scientific Theories of Music Classicism versus Romanticism in Art An Interrupted Legacy Summary Critical Thinking Terms to Review Connection: Extramusical Perceptions in Several Cultures Chapter 8. Medieval Music Historical Perspective Artistic Style Early Christian Music Modes Further Characteristics of Medieval Music Gregorian Chant Listening Example 6. Alleluia: "Pascha nostrum" from the Dominica Resurrectionis for Easter Sunday. Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) Listening Example 7. Hildegard of Bingen: "Nunc aperuit nobis" Rise of Polyphony The Fourteenth Century Artistic Style Music Secular Music Listening Example 8. Anon: "Sumer is icumen in" Sacred Music Guillaume de Machaut (ca. 1300-1377) Listening Example 9. Guillaume de Machaut: Gloria from theMessa de Nostre Dame Summary Critical Thinking Terms to Review Key Figures Encore Connection: Islamic Chant Chapter 9. The Renaissance: General Characteristics Historical Perspective The Reformation The Counter-Reformation Artistic Style Painting Architecture Sculpture Music Timbre Texture Renaissance Modes Summary Critical Thinking Terms to Review Key Figures Chapter 10. Sacred Music of the Renaissance Renaissance Motet Josquin Desprez (c. 1445-1521) Renaissance Mass Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (c. 1524-1594) Listening Example 10. Palestrina: Agnus Dei I from theMissa Papae Marcelli(Mass for Pope Marcellus) Protestant Worship Music Chorale Listening Example 11. Martin Luther: "Ein' feste Burg" ("A Mighty Fortress") Psalm Tunes<

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