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The Enjoyment of Music

3.62  ·  Rating Details ·  191 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
With three million copies sold over nine editions, "The Enjoyment of Music" is the best-selling music appreciation text of all time. Spanning the Middle Ages through the twenty-first century, the text offers a thorough introduction to the elements of music, a broad overview of the history of musical styles, and fascinating cultural contexts and perspectives. The Tenth Edit ...more
Hardcover, Tenth Edition, 680 pages
Published February 1st 2007 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 1955)
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Nikoleta
Λίγα λόγια για τα κοινωνικοπολιτικά της κάθε εποχής, των καλλιτεχνικών και μουσικών τάσεων της κάθε εποχής, μικρές βιογραφίες για τους πο σημαντικούς συνθέτες και μίνι αναλύσεις κάποιων έργων... γενικά πάντως έτσι και έτσι, εγω για κάποιον περίεργο λόγο ψιλοβαρέθηκα.
Vassiliki
Jul 10, 2007 Vassiliki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This one gets 5 stars simply because the 1st line in the book is a quote of Albus Dumbledore from Harry Potter.
I mean, how can you NOT like a textbook that quotes Harry Potter?
Bobby Chastain
Apr 16, 2008 Bobby Chastain rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This informative text is as entertaining as it is educational. The reader looking for a deeper knowledge of "classical" music will at once learn basic analytical terminology (without delving deep into music theory) as well as gain knowledge of the major western (and a few non-western) musical instruments. The reader will also come to realize a time-line for Western music history filled with enough information that serves as a starting point for learning further information. The accompanying CDs ...more
Elizabeth
Jul 31, 2015 Elizabeth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: music
I've been teaching from this textbook since 2009. Joseph Machlis's classic, original Music Appreciation text has been updated and "enhanced" with bits of current academic obsessions such as environmentalism, stirred in like big lumpy raisins.

Also added in are lots and lots of snazzy photographs and illustrations, which break up all those intellectually taxing blocks of text.

It's a pretty book, but most students seem to welcome further explication of the music theory elements than those which t
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Craig Prather
Aug 19, 2015 Craig Prather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good read. I enjoyed learning about music dating all the way back to 400 A.D. With gregorian chants till today with modern contemporary music. This text does a good job of breaking down the various eras of music throughout history and portraying historical figures and composers in a realistic and relatable way.
Barry
May 15, 2014 Barry rated it really liked it
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Thorough, informative, and enlightening. Used it for self study for History 1/3, and it helped for the exam, but offered even more in analysis and appreciation of the pieces of the various eras explored.
Arta Barzanji
This is not a music history book rather it's a short survey on music history that touches upon different ideas and gives you a basic understanding of musical aesthetics, different eras and genres and a general overview of its history with a heavy emphasis on non-vocal music.
Sarah "Mir"
Oct 04, 2010 Sarah "Mir" rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Descriptive, colorful, and easy to navigate. Certainly one of my favorite textbooks I've had so far.
Aaron
Aug 28, 2008 Aaron rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Music majors
Shelves: music
This book is somewhat long-winded, and can be quite tedious and boring unless you're really into the work that goes in behind the music. It's primary genre is classical and orchestral work.
Sharon
Jun 21, 2012 Sharon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yea, I like this class better. I'm learning a ton and I've been a musician for almost 30 years. Love the cd's that come with it. Great online class! I love being back a the U.
Emmanuel Nevers
Oct 25, 2015 Emmanuel Nevers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quick and to the point, not overbearing.
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