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Widely praised by instructors for its captivating presentation of musical concepts, this landmark music-appreciation text continues to help transform students into active, insightful listeners. Authors Joseph Kerman and Gary Tomlinson, two of America’s leading musicologists and music educators, are both known as inspirational and wide-ranging teachers. Their diverse experi ...more
Paperback, 496 pages
Published February 21st 2007 by Bedford/St. Martin's (first published 1972)
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King Haddock
Jul 23, 2013 King Haddock rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This probably is the first textbook I actually have read cover-to-cover.

As far as textbooks go, this one has its usual share of over-obvious information, but Kerman's Listen also includes some interesting facts as well. I got something out of it even as a music major who already knew a bit about Western European music history. The music pieces studied are interesting and good selections, a wide variety of well-known and well-written pieces.

I will say the last few chapters on the Twentieth Cent
Jul 12, 2007 Marta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 22, 2014 Kaelene rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Ashley Greene
May 26, 2010 Ashley Greene rated it really liked it
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.
Aimee J Martin
Required text for Music Appreciation... well written, easy read.
Naveena Sunkara
Read this book an an introductory music history class at taught by Prof. Foglesong at UC Berkeley. The text was easy to follow--even for a person with little musical background.
Feb 21, 2010 columbialion added it  ·  review of another edition
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Joseph Wilfred Kerman -- born Zukerman -- (1924 - 2014) 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 a ...more
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