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When one hears them, the conviction grows that Busoni was quite right in saying that the future problems of handling form in music are bound up with this Bach-like freedom in form.
I have been reading it in conjunction with Bernstein and a variety of Youtube clips. That defence seems to rest on the idea xaron authorial intention. The style of the book is quite the opposite however as it is very simple to follow with the beginning explaining how a composer sees his music, and then it goes into coko elements of music and so on.
This was a muwica book for a very basic music appreciation course I had to take. One colland the most endearing aspects of Copland is his insistence on the necessity of listening to and appreciating various genres of music.
Every elementary music student knows the principle, but to put it into practice has challenged the greatest minds in music! You can often learn a bit about a composer’s personality by listening to his works, but hearing him give a discourse on the subject was invaluable in appreciating his pieces more.
You can often learn a bit about a composer’s personality by listening A wonderful explanation of the basic principles of classical music, not an easy task! Dec 18, Calvin rated it really liked it. Anyone who does choose to read What to Listen for in Musichowever, will emerge a far better listener even if aarin music book is never touched.
As we move into a an age where we don’t kill trees to make paper to print books, students will have more and more of their resources in electronic form, rather than printed. What to Listen for in Music by Aaron Copland. It goes over the major forms too which was perfect for me. Return to Book Page.
He wrote What to Listen for in Music as a guide for people unfamiliar with classical music. A wonderful explanation of the basic principles of classical music, not an easy task! The chapters on forms were a fantastic refresher, however sorry, long-lost college music theory textbooksand I enjoyed his discussions of music history throughout.
It might also serve well to clarify certain parts of the structure of music for one who already is well seasoned but lacks the knowledge of a professional musician. For the better part of musoca decades Aaron Copland was considered the premier American composer. If you’re not a musician, you might need a little bit of mudica understanding some of the more complicated concepts, but don’t be afraid to ask A very good book for both musicians and non musicians!
I didn’t find the book on any library here nor a reference online I could search.
His thesis is that knowledge and active engagement make more richer musical experiences, and that restricting your consumption to background listening or certain periods restricts our diet unnecessarily. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I am a professionally trained musician bachelor and master’s degrees in composition, double bassist for more than fifteen yearsso I realize this book isn’t really intended for a person like me. Bach achieved a unity of design in these “free” preludes either by adopting a pattern of well-defined character or by a clear progression of chordal harmonies which lead one from the beginning of a piece to the end without utilizing any repetition of thematic materials.
I highly recommend every reader do something similar. For the feelings or emotion evoked at one time may be quite different when listening to the same piece of music at a later time.
I thought that it was a good book on how to listen to music and what to listen for, bringing it back to the basics of many genres. Overall, a decent book on music. Wagner he praises for his music, but deplores for his ideas and words: Copland learned to play piano from an older sister. I think ocpland a book I shall return to on occasion to deepen my understanding.
What to Listen for in Music by Aaron Copland
This is a wonderful introduction to “classical” music by the American composer Aaron Copland. A well crafted house built by a beautiful musically inclined mind, Aaron Copland captures the love of music while juxtaposing the structural intricacies of how to truly listen to music, yet being restricted by his own period of time and knowledge. It is really inspiring to put yourself in a composer’s shoes and go through the st The author says it’s a book even for lay people, when, in fact, it would be preferable to have a minimum of sensitivity and musical knowledge.
By the time I reached the halfway point, though, I was having trouble concentrating. There are also chapters on traditional music forms, such as sections, fugues, and sonatas, as well as on free forms.
Though unable to foresee the future coming changes in the ever-growing and changing musical structures and experimentations that has occurred in the past 50 years, Copland’s analysis and brilliance outlined throughout this book still gives much for the A well crafted house built by a beautiful musically inclined mind, Aaron Copland captures the love of music while juxtaposing the structural intricacies of how to truly listen to music, yet being restricted by his own period of time and knowledge.
Popular music is easy. Sep 23, Jana Light rated it really liked it Shelves: As a bonus, at the end of each chapter he offered suggestions on what recordings were most likely to be of benefit in filling in on the topic of the chapters. This book will make a music lover out of you, or will give you a far greater appreciation for what they are hearing.
Open Preview See a Problem? Standard issue for Freshman majors or it least it was once upon a time “What to Listen for Bach wrote a good many preludes very often followed by a balancing fugue many of which are in “free” form. Whether you listen to Mozart or Duke Ellington, Aaron Copland’s provocative suggestions for listening to music from his point of view will bring you a deeper appreciation of the most rewarding of all art forms.
What to Listen for in Music
Copland’s growth as a composer mirrored important trends of his time. The concluding epilogue is written by music critic Alan Rich.
Going beyond the joy and expressive power, escichar plane involves the melodies, rhythms, harmonies, and timbre of music. Overall, a really fantastic book written by one of the most influential American composers of the 20th century. Based on a series of lectures and first published inWhat to Listen for in Music remains in print. Quotes from What to Listen fo