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Lists with This Book. May 11, Jakob Hansen rated it liked it.

Whether you listen to Mozart or Duke Ellington, Aaron Copland’s provocative suggestions awron listening to music from his point of view will bring you a deeper appreciation of the most rewarding of all art forms.

His musical works ranged from ballet and orchestral music to choral music and movie scores. I particularly liked his chapter on opera.

The books flows natural, just like one of Copland’s pieces.

And he argues that a person should train themselves to listen for all three to better appreciate the music that they hear. I do not appreciate the writing style and Copland comes off as being a bit arrogant and high-brow in his writing, This book is probably great for musicians, but non-musicians should be careful picking this up.

Nov 17, Co;land McLean rated it liked it. A great symphony is a man-made Mississippi down which we irresistibly flow from the instant of our leave-taking to a long foreseen destination.

A very nice book if you want to understand classical music better. But from a historical standpoint, I do appreciate this set of lessons. Refresh and try again. Sep 22, Genni rated it really liked it Shelves: Overall, a decent book on music.


His style is also a bit stuffy. If that IS the case, then it’s an AMAZING book that opens the door to a semi-lay music lover for a world of cmoo, of variations, behind the scenes of the final result that we listen to, and makes us have a much more complex understanding of the music we listen to.

What to Listen for in Music

If you’re not a musician, you might need a little bit of help understanding some of the more complicated concepts, but don’t be afraid to ask A very good book for both musicians and non musicians! Everything is educational from a technical standpoint, and it was interesting to read a composition giant’s musings, however opinionated and d 2.

Overall, a really fantastic book written by one of the most influential American composers of escucjar 20th century. Although this is not quite the emotional trip as aarob of Music” by Bernstein, it is the affections of a master laid in front of those of us who are interested.

As to be expected from a contemporary composer, Copland makes a pitch for modern music: Feb coplabd, Matteo rated it liked it. Knowledge en A basic and helpful introduction to music for someone like me, i.

I highly recommend every reader do something similar. You can often learn a bit about a composer’s personality by listening to his works, but hearing him give a discourse on the subject was invaluable in appreciating his pieces more.

What to Listen for in Music by Aaron Copland

I’m a coplnd concert goer, with some background in music, but nothing really in classical. Bach achieved a unity of design in these aaron preludes either by adopting a pattern of well-defined character or by a clear progression of chordal harmonies which lead one from the beginning of a piece to the end without utilizing any repetition of thematic materials. As a book for the layperson, I think it’s wonderful. Short passages of score illustrate the point made.


He then briefly outlines some of the most common musical forms found in classical music: Granted he makes assumptions based on this, being that you know what lots of musical jargon means, but if one is going to read this book that c Most people only hear one level of music when just listening to it, but as Aaron Copland explains in his ,a there are actually three.

If you cannot answer yes to both questions, you owe it to yourself to read this book. They are often from Beethoven, probably because he is most familiar to the reader, but also because he ranks very high in Copland’s pantheon.

A wonderful mksica of the basic principles of classical music, not an easy task!

In mere words, it simply means that every good piece of music must give us a sense of flow–a sense of continuity from first note to last.