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Consistently praised as the best book of its kind, Listen uses readable, enjoyable prose and the highest quality recordings to introduce students to the art of focused listening. Captivating discussions and concise "Listening Charts" guide students through important musical works and cultivate listening skills. With informative images, useful historical and cultural backg
Unknown Binding, 445 pages
Published December 20th 1999 by Bedford Books
(first published 1972)
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I took the introductory music history course taught by Prof. Tomlinson at Penn. The book is very approachable (coming from someone with little to no musical background). The chapters include historical details that provide a context for the arts of the time, most importantly music. This makes it an easier, more entertaining read than most textbooks. The listening charts are also a nice touch; they enable the listener to listen actively -as Kerman and Tomlinson want her to- and locate particular ...more
I FINALLY FINISHED IT!!! I'm also just really surprised that it's on Goodreads. All in all it's pretty good if you have a genuine interest in music and its history. I did not have that genuine interest, but it was still really informative. I just didn't have the want to or attention span for this. :P
read for a college class --takes the reader through all the periods of music, some were discussed in depth, while others were brushed over. overall a good choice for anyone wanting to learn more about music & its origins.
Joseph Wilfred Kerman (born April 3, 1924) was an American critic and musicologist. One of the leading musicologists of his generation, his 1985 book Contemplating Music: Challenges to Musicology (published in the UK as Musicology) was described by Philip Brett in The Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians as "a defining moment in the field." He was Professor Emeritus of Musicology at the Univers ...moreMore about Joseph Kerman...