How to Listen to Great Music: A Guide to Its History, Culture, and Heart

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Penguin, Apr 26, 2011 - Music - 352 pages
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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 Music will let you finally hear what you've been missing.

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Review: How to Listen to Great Music: A Guide to Its History, Culture, and Heart

User Review  - Derek - Goodreads

Pretty good but very brief overview of Western classical music. Most enjoyable were the deeper studies of specific classical works. The author's sense of humor doesn't always work in places, but it's not too distracting. Read full review

Review: How to Listen to Great Music: A Guide to Its History, Culture, and Heart

User Review  - brotagonist - Goodreads

I found this book nearly impossible to put down. Okay, I wanted to finish it quickly, in order to get back to listening to some great music, with a heightened understanding. I was inspired to order a ... Read full review


Understanding and Listening to Music
The Music of the Medieval Church
Emotional Exuberance and Intellectual Control The Paradox
Opera The Baroque Expressive Revolutionin Action
Baroque Era Musical Genres CHAPTER 14
ClassicalEra CHAPTER 15
IsntIt Romantic? The Music ofthe Nineteenth Century
Going Beyond Beethoven Hector Berliozs Symphony Fantastique and the Program Symphony
Romantic Nationalism Russian Style
A Modern Music for a Modern World
Revolutions Evolutions and isms Galore The Making
From Russia with Rhythm Igor Stravinsky

Classical Era Orchestral Genres PartOne
Classical Era Orchestral Genres Part

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About the author (2011)

Robert Greenberg is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Brandeis University. His articles have appeared in the History of Philosophy Quarterly and the Journal of Philosophy.

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