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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 March 1st 1980)
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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
Ashley Greene
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.
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.
Aimee J Martin
Required text for Music Appreciation... well written, easy read.
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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...more
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