What to Listen for in Music

Front Cover
Signet Classic, 2002 - Music - 266 pages
8 Reviews
Featuring an introduction by William Schuman, as well as a foreword and epilogue by Alan Rich, an indispensable guide from one of America's foremost composers teaches readers how to develop a deeper sense of musical appreciation and contains chapters on contemporary music and film music, recommended recordings for each chapter, and more. Reissue.

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4
4 stars
2
3 stars
2
2 stars
0
1 star
0

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - KirkLowery - LibraryThing

This is a classic; if you're serious about classical music, then this is a must read. Warning: in 1935 when this book was written, people were generally more musically literate. If you don't know the ... Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - baswood - LibraryThing

According to Copland listening to classical music should not be a casual affair; one needs some knowledge of form certainly, but what is most important is that the listening should be an active ... Read full review

Other editions - View all

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (2002)

Aaron Copland’s well-known and highly regarded compositions, performed and recorded extensively throughout the world, include the Pulitzer Prize–winning ballet Appalachian Spring, as well as Billy the Kid, Rodeo, Lincoln Portrait, and the film scores of Our Town and The Heiress. On being awarded a Congressional Gold Medal in 1986, Copland was praised for his “uniquely American music that reflects the very soul and experience of our people.” During his career, Copland taught composition at Harvard and the Berkshire Music Center, lectured all over the United States, and wrote Our New Music and Music and Imagination. He died in 1990.


Alan Rich, music critic for L.A. Weekly, has been chief music critic for the New York Herald Tribune, New York magazine, and Newsweek, among other publications. Rich studied music at Harvard, Berkeley, and abroad. He is the author of a number of books, as well as a series of CD-ROMs on music history.

Bibliographic information