Listening to Western Music,
8th Edition

Craig Wright

ISBN-13: 9781305587014 | ISBN-10: 1305587014

Copyright 2017

| Published 2016

List Price USD $157.95


LISTENING TO WESTERN MUSIC equips you with the tools to actively listen to and inspire a lifelong appreciation for music. Known for his clear, conversational style, Professor Wright helps you immediately find connections to music by comparing pop and classical music concepts. His text is organized chronologically and discusses musical examples from each era in its social context -- describing the construction and culture of each piece. LISTENING TO WESTERN MUSIC is fully integrated with MindTap to better help you develop your listening skills and maximize your course success. Online resources include interactive exercises, streaming music, Active Listening Guides, chapter and critical thinking quizzes, iAudio lectures, YouTube videos, Beat the Clock games, and more. You also can download all music directly to a music library.

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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.

  • More student friendly and streamlined than ever, the Eighth Edition has been trimmed by five chapters to help instructors complete more of the textbook. The final three chapters cover global music and are available in MindTap®.
  • Instant audio plays most notated examples, enabling student to get the full experience of the music described in the text.
  • Helping students focus on the most important concepts, Learning Objectives zero in on key topics.
  • Chapter critical thinking quizzes help students think more analytically about music.
  • Each chapter opens with new YouTube engagement activities -- quickly drawing students into the featured topics.
  • The new timed Beat the Clock game gives students more hands-on practice (and fun) identifying music, composers, genres, styles, instruments, and more.
  • LISTENING TO WESTERN MUSIC now offers a succinct 16 new music selections, enabling instructors to cover more selections.
  • More than 20 new Listening Exercises provide for in-depth selection quizzing.
  • Accessible to learners from a variety of backgrounds, the text adopts a student-friendly format that includes 27 chapters introduced by six part openers -- each with an introduction and timeline. Checklists of Musical Style help students efficiently summarize the information presented for each era.
  • The text's thorough coverage of women as composers, performers, and patrons highlights Hildegard of Bingen, Beatriz of Dia, Clara Schumann, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, and Caroline Shaw.
  • Giving users complete flexibility, all music is available on a Sony Music download card. In addition, in-text Listening Guides help students follow the music in the downloads and point them to the key features to be discovered in each piece -- maximizing their experience.

Table of Contents

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Part I: Introduction to Listening.
1. The Power of Music.
2. Rhythm, Melody, and Harmony.
3. Color, Texture, Form, and Style.
Part II: The Middle Ages and Renaissance, 476-1600.
4. Medieval Music, 476-1450.
5. Renaissance Music, 1450-1600.
Part III: The Baroque Period, 1600-1750.
6. Early Baroque Music: Opera.
7. Toward Late Baroque Instrumental Music.
8. The Late Baroque: Bach.
9. The Late Baroque: Handel.
Part IV: The Classical Period, 1750-1820.
10. Introduction to Classical Style: Haydn and Mozart.
11. Classical Forms: Ternary and Sonata–Allegro.
12. Classical Forms: Theme and Variations, Rondo.
13. Classical Genres: Instrumental Music.
14. Classical Genres: Vocal Music.
15. Beethoven: Bridge to Romanticism.
Part V: Romanticism, 1820-1900.
16. Introduction to Romanticism.
17. Romantic Music: The Art Song.
18. Romantic Music: Program Music, Ballet, and Musical Nationalism.
19. Romantic Music: Piano Music.
20. Romantic Opera: Italy.
21. Romantic Opera: Germany.
22. Nineteenth-Century Realistic Opera.
23. Late Romantic Orchestral Music.
Part VI: Modern and Postmodern Art Music, 1880-Present.
24. From Impressionism to Modernism.
25. Early-Twentieth-Century Modernism.
26. American Modernism.
27. Postmodernism.

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Listening to Western Music

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