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How to Listen to Great Music: A Guide to Its History, Culture, and Heart

by Robert Greenberg

From one of the most trusted names in continuing education-the knowledge you need to unlock "the most abstract and sublime of all the arts."

Whether you're listening in a concert hall or on your iPod, concert...


The Metropolitan Opera Presents: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Le Nozze Di Figaro: Libretto, Background, and Photos

by Lorenzo Da Ponte & Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

(Amadeus). Today Mozart's exquisite Le Nozze di Figaro delights and moves audiences everywhere, long after its 1786 birth into tumultuous times. The original Beaumarchais play raised a firestorm in France, then...


How to Hear Classical Music

by Davinia Caddy

Ever wondered why most classical music concerts are such stuffy affairs? Had to bluff your way through classical music conversations? Trying to get a handle on music by modern composers? Failed to convince teenagers...


WHO'S AFRAID OF CLASSICAL MUSIC?: The Host of America's Most Wanted Targets the Nation's Most Notorious Criminals

by Michael Walsh

A Simon & Schuster eBook. Simon & Schuster has a great book for every reader.


Music, Sound and Sensation: A Modern Exposition

by Fritz Winckel

Psychoacoustics, loudness, influences of hall, electroacoustic structure, similar topics. Non-technical. 111 figures.


Horns, Strings, and Harmony

by Arthur H. Benade

Engaging, accessible introduction to structure and sound-making capacities of piano, violin, trumpet, bugle, oboe, flute, saxophone, many other instruments. Also, how to build your own trumpet, flute, clarinet....


Hip-Hop Poetry and the Classics

by Alan Sitomer & Michael Cirelli

Hip-Hop's literary and artistic merits are evident when compared to classic poetry and it's easy to link the great poets of the past to the contemporary Hip Hop poets of today: compare Robert Frost to Public...


James Bond FAQ: All That's Left to Know About Everyone's Favorite Superspy

Musical Cognition: A Science of Listening

by Henkjan Honing

“[A] well-written and accessible introductory text that avoids technical jargon whilst encapsulating the main cognitive processes of music. One of the key messages that resonate throughout this book is...


Experiencing Jazz: A Listener's Companion

by Michael Stephans

Experiencing Jazz demonstrates how the act of listening to jazz takes place on a deeply personal level and takes readers on a whirlwind tour of the genre, instrument by instrument—offering not only brief portraits...


Musical Motley

by Ernest Newman

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. . . Composition, it is rather curious that while I was writing on our too great readiness to admire everything a classic does, merely because he is a classic, someone in the Times Literary Supplement...


Yodel-Ay-Ee-Oooo: The Secret History of Yodeling Around the World

The Classical Revolution: Thoughts on New Music in the 21st Century

by John Borstlap

The Classical Revolution is an accessible and informative polemic for music lovers with an interest in the meaning of classical music in general, and the classical tradition in particular which seems to be re-emerging...


Experiencing Mozart: A Listener's Companion

by David Schroeder

Experiencing Mozart sets out to make his music as accessible as possible to a larger audience. A carefully selected set of topics and key works from the many genres in which he wrote shows the great composer...


All You Have to Do Is Listen: Music from the Inside Out

by Rob Kapilow

Rob Kapilow has been helping audiences hear more in great music for almost twenty years with his What Makes It Great? series on NPR, at Lincoln Center, and in concert halls throughout the US and Canada. In this...


Comediennes: Laugh Be a Lady

by Darryl J. Littleton & Tuezdae Littleton

(Applause Books). It wasn't until the 10th century that women were allowed to perform, and then only in rare incidences. Like many art forms, female comedy got its start in the church and expanded to stage,...


Jazz Greats Speak: Interviews with Master Musicians

by Roland Baggenæs

In this collection of interviews originally published in CODA magazine, Jazz artists such as Lee Konitz, Mary Lou Williams, Dexter Gordon, and John Tchicai talk about their dedication to the music and about...


Crowd Control: Classroom Management and Effective Teaching for Chorus, Band, and Orchestra

by Susan L. Haugland

Crowd Control 2nd edition is a nuts-and-bolts manual for teachers of middle and high school performance-based classes such as band, orchestra, and chorus. This practical 'how-to' guide shows teachers, pre-service...


Bad Music: The Music We Love to Hate

by Christopher J. Washburne & Maiken Derno

Why are some popular musical forms and performers universally reviled by critics and ignored by scholars-despite enjoying large-scale popularity?  How has the notion of what makes "good" or "bad" music changed...


The Indispensable Harp: Historical Development, Modern Roes, Configurations, and Performance Practices in Ecuador and Latin America

by John M. Schechter

A musical instrument that has played a vital role in Latin American music cultures "the harp" is the subject of this new work, the first study of its kind to be published in English. John Schechter presents...