The Essential Listening to Music,
2nd Edition

Craig Wright

ISBN-13: 9781305113879 | ISBN-10: 130511387x

Copyright 2016

| Published 2015

| 304 pages

List Price USD $149.95


Offering outstanding listening pedagogy, THE ESSENTIAL LISTENING TO MUSIC 2e delivers a streamlined and succinct presentation of classical music that inspires a lifelong appreciation of music. Scholar and master-teacher Craig Wright focuses on the key concepts and works presented within a typical Music Appreciation course. Organized chronologically, the text discusses musical examples from each historical period within its social context--giving students a sense of a piece's construction as well as its historical and cultural meaning.

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Craig M. Wright received his Bachelor of Music degree at the Eastman School of Music in 1966 and his Ph.D. in musicology from Harvard University in 1972. He began his teaching career at the University of Kentucky and for the past forty years has been teaching at Yale University, where he is currently the Henry L. and Lucy G. Moses Professor of Music. At Yale, Wright’s courses include his perennially popular introductory course, Listening to Music (also part of the offerings of Open Yale Courses); his large lecture course Exploring the Nature of Genius; and most recently his Coursera course Introduction to Classical Music. He is the author of numerous scholarly books and articles on composers ranging from Leoninus to Bach. Wright has also been the recipient of many awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Einstein and Kinkeldey Awards of the American Musicological Society, and the Dent Medal of the International Musicological Society. In 2004, he was awarded the honorary degree Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Chicago. And in 2010 he was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, joining fellow inductee, banjo player Steve Martin. In addition to LISTENING TO MUSIC and LISTENING TO WESTERN MUSIC, EIGHTH EDITION, Wright has also published THE ESSENTIAL LISTENING TO MUSIC, SECOND EDITION; LISTENING TO MUSIC, CHINESE EDITION (Schirmer Cengage Learning/Three Union Press, 2012), translated and simplified by Profs. Li Xiujung (China Conservatory, Beijing) and Yu Zhigang (Central Conservatory, Beijing), both of whom worked with Wright at Yale; and MUSIC IN WESTERN CIVILIZATION, MEDIA UPDATE (Schirmer Cengage Learning, 2010), with coauthor Bryan Simms. He is currently at work on a volume titled MOZART’S BRAIN: EXPLORING THE NATURE OF GENIUS.

  • Delivering anywhere, anytime learning opportunities, MindTap's engaging, personalized online environment is accessible on laptops, tablets, and handheld devices. The points on the MindTap learning path are cued frequently in the text, wherever appropriate, to remind users to take advantage of its rich resources.
  • New critical thinking quizzes are integrated in MindTap for each chapter, helping students think more deeply about music while sharpening their analytical skills.
  • New learning objectives help students focus on key topics--and maximize their course success.
  • The Second Edition's pedagogy is fully integrated with MindTap--giving students the ultimate personal learning experience and providing instructors with high-value gradable activities like Listening Exercises and quizzes.
  • Created by renowned American composer Stephen Malinowski, of Music Animation Machine, animations provide engaging activities to open most chapters, quickly drawing students into the text material.
  • A renowned music historian, author Craig Wright has taught music appreciation for more than 30 years and leads Yale's online teaching initiative. By teaching the course every year--on the ground and online--he remains in touch with what today's students need to become personally engaged in the act of listening to music.
  • The musical repertoire selected by Prof. Wright for this brief edition is praised by reviewers. All musical selections are available for streaming and as downloads.
  • References in the margins direct students to the interactive MindTap learning path.
  • Concise Listening Cues contain such key information as genre and form, "What to Listen For," and where to find full Listening Guides, interactive Active Listening Guides, and Listening Exercises in MindTap.
  • A brief, streamlined version of Wright's comprehensive LISTENING TO MUSIC, the Second Edition of THE ESSENTIAL LISTENING TO MUSIC (with Download Card) offers a succinct 16-chapter presentation of Western (or classical) music.

Table of Contents

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1. The Appeal of Music.
2. Rhythm, Melody, and Harmony.
3. Color, Texture, and Form.
4. Music in the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
5. Baroque Art and Music.
6. Late Baroque Music: Bach and Handel.
7. Introduction to the Classical Style: Haydn and Mozart.
8. Classical Forms.
9. Classical Genres.
10. Beethoven: Bridge to Romanticism.
11. Romanticism and Romantic Chamber Music.
12. Romantic Orchestral Music.
13. Romantic Opera.
14. Late Romantic Orchestral Music.
15. European Impressionism and Modernism.
16. American Modernism and Postmodernism.

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The Essential Listening to Music

  • ISBN-10: 130511387x
  • ISBN-13: 9781305113879

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