How to Listen to Great Music (Paperback)

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How to Listen to Great Music (Paperback)
By Robert Greenberg

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, 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.

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; 1st edition (April 26, 2011)
  • Dimensions: 5.4” W x 0.6” D x 8” H


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Most Western music is based on a system of notation that evolved around 1600 out of earlier practices. The starting point for any opera is the full score, which contains all individual voices and instruments arranged in a specific order on the page. The written music—representing the sounds a composer creates in his head—then comes to life performed by singers onstage and played by the orchestra.

 

 

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