What to Listen for in Music

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Signet Classic, 2002 - Music - 266 pages
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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.

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This is a reprint of the enormously popular 1957 edition of Copland's guide to music. There is no new text by Copland, only a new introduction by composer William Schuman, which is more an encomium to ... Read full review

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I just started reading the 1939 version, third publishing in 1953 (just found it a while ago under a pile of notebooks). I checked though, and the words remain the same. It's not like this is the sole factor, but I've agreed with every single line I read in the book. HE elaborated on MY OWN thoughts, as it were. I was literally saying to myself "YES!", "DUDE, YOU ARE EXACTLY RIGHT!", and "EXACTLY!" every few minutes. Aaron Copland is a genius who truly knew what he was talking about.
I'm an ambient/electronica/breakbeat/world/dubstep music composer who recently gave an awesome class speech on music appreciation, and I recommend this book.

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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.

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