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In his book the Composer Aaron Copland explains what makes music music, and why you should care. I do not appreciate the writing style and Copland comes off as being a bit arrogant and high-brow in his writing, which can be annoying after reading the entire book.
Wagner he praises for his music, but deplores for his ideas and words: Copland begins with an explanation of what music is and how it functions, moves to instruments, then to forms, adds an apologist chapter for contemporary music, and finishes with a chapter of what it means to be a good listener and the very significant role listeners play in the participation of the music creation.
The concluding epilogue is written aaro music critic Alan Rich.
Can anyone help me with the page number from a paperback or hardback edition any edition will do? Based on a series of lectures and first published mjsicaWhat to Listen for in Music remains in print.
It definitely enhanced immensely my listening skills and opened my mind to new works and composers with which I was previously unfamiliar.
What to Listen for in Music
He describes la grande ligne this way: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. It is really inspiring to put yourself in a composer’s shoes and go through the steps of creating coplaand new work of art!
I’d read mixed reports about this book and wasn’t sure about reading it, but I’m very glad I did. Copland provides explanations of and thoughts on all the main elements of and aspects of music: For the feelings or emotion evoked at one time may be quite different when listening to the same piece of music at a later time. May 19, Kristin Shafel rated it it was ok.
The highest level of intelligent listening, then, is the concerted effort of sustained active listening.
Sep 23, Jana Light rated it really liked it Shelves: Charged by his French music teacher to produce an authentic American style of music, he would compose classics such as Appalachian SpringBilly the Kidand Rodeo. He also does an admirable job of attempting to put in coplanr some of the more mysterious elements of music. Read my entire review of What to Listen for in Music on mylittleheartmelodies.
I have to admit that many of the recommended recordings I had never heard, but our local library may be of help here. In he changed his orientation toward a simpler style. However, I often found his take on it l and occasionally illuminating. Copland illustrates his point by noting three modes of listening to music: Return to Book Page. escuchaf
Copland’s aim is to help the non-musician become a better, more sophisticated listener, so none of the information was news to me. His style is also a bit stuffy. Notable among these was “Connotations” commissioned for the opening of Lincoln Center. ,a meaning is the same as copland argues the one is merely listening to the music that is presented to them and not hearing the beauty and the layers of it.
Everything is educational from a technical standpoint, and it was interesting to read a composition giant’s musings, however opinionated and d 2. Wonderful introduction to music. It goes over the major forms too which was perfect for me. Are you really being sensitive to it?
What to Listen for in Music by Aaron Copland
For the better part of four decades Aaron Copland was considered the premier American composer. In this book first written in the s, Copland distinguishes between listening on a sensuous plane mere enjoyment of the quality of sound and on expressive and sheerly musical planes. A tight overview of the most significant things to look out for when listening to classical music.