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LISTENING TO MUSIC is designed to help develop and refine the listening skills of your students and inspire a lifelong appreciation of music. Author and award-winning scholar-teacher Craig Wright, who has taught Music Appreciation courses for more than 35 years, is consistently praised by reviewers and other professors for his unparalleled accuracy and his clear, direct, conversational style. Throughout the book, Wright connects with today's students by incorporating comparisons between pop and classical music and by using examples from popular artists to illustrate core concepts. This chronological text succinctly covers traditional Western music from medieval to modern, discussing examples from each historical period within their social contexts and the construction of each piece. Later chapters cover popular music, its impact on musical globalization, and comparisons between Western and non-Western music. LISTENING TO MUSIC is the only text that provides Craig Wright's own Listening Exercises, in the book and online, which help students focus on important musical elements and episodes. A free CD, packaged with each printed copy of the text, includes all of the musical examples for the Part 1 listening exercises. A full set of optional online student resources includes Active Listening Guides, streaming music, an interactive eBook, quizzing, and more--all to challenge your students. All of the music discussed in the text is also available on CD and on Sony Music download cards. Available with InfoTrac® Student Collections

Craig Wright, Yale University

Craig M. Wright received his Bachelor of Music degree at the Eastman School of Music in 1966 and his Ph.D. in musicology from Harvard University in 1972. He began his teaching career at the University of Kentucky and for the past forty years has been teaching at Yale University, where he is currently the Henry L. and Lucy G. Moses Professor of Music. At Yale, Wright’s courses include his perennially popular introductory course, Listening to Music (also part of the offerings of Open Yale Courses); his large lecture course Exploring the Nature of Genius; and most recently his Coursera course Introduction to Classical Music. He is the author of numerous scholarly books and articles on composers ranging from Leoninus to Bach. Wright has also been the recipient of many awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Einstein and Kinkeldey Awards of the American Musicological Society, and the Dent Medal of the International Musicological Society. In 2004, he was awarded the honorary degree Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Chicago. And in 2010 he was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, joining fellow inductee, banjo player Steve Martin. In addition to LISTENING TO MUSIC and LISTENING TO WESTERN MUSIC, EIGHTH EDITION, Wright has also published THE ESSENTIAL LISTENING TO MUSIC, SECOND EDITION; LISTENING TO MUSIC, CHINESE EDITION (Schirmer Cengage Learning/Three Union Press, 2012), translated and simplified by Profs. Li Xiujung (China Conservatory, Beijing) and Yu Zhigang (Central Conservatory, Beijing), both of whom worked with Wright at Yale; and MUSIC IN WESTERN CIVILIZATION, MEDIA UPDATE (Schirmer Cengage Learning, 2010), with coauthor Bryan Simms. He is currently at work on a volume titled MOZART’S BRAIN: EXPLORING THE NATURE OF GENIUS.
  • NEW Chapters 1-3 on the elements of music have been streamlined and rewritten for greater student appeal.
  • NEW Checklists of Musical Style have returned to the text, as requested by professors. Checklists for all eras appear in Chapter 4, on style eras, as a preview, and recur at the end of each era to summarize composers, genres, and treatment of the elements of music during that era.
  • NEW "What to Listen For" pointers appear at the beginning of each Listening Guide.
  • NEW Nineteenth-century nationalism has been incorporated into the chapters covering program music and late Romantic orchestral music.
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  • NEW Coverage of early American music has been expanded, including a selection from the Bay Psalm Book.
  • NEW The chapter on rock music has been completely rewritten to incorporate new examples and artists.
  • NEW More than 15 new, carefully selected pieces, as well as many fine new recordings of previous selections, have been added.
  • NEW Sony Music downloads cards are now available for all musical selections mentioned in the book. When you or your students visit the URL printed on the optional download card and enter the unique code provided on the card, the musical selections will be automatically downloaded to the iTunes® player or another music library that is installed on your computer or other device.
  • Acclaimed integration of popular culture references, which help students relate music they don't know to music that they do, and fine art images that capture the cultural themes of each era.
  • The text is organized into 39 brief chapters that are introduced by eight part openers, each featuring an introduction to the historical period and an illustrated timeline of musical and historic events.
  • Includes coverage of popular and global music--Broadway musicals, film and video game music, as well as full-chapter coverage of music of the Far East, the Near East and Africa, and the Caribbean and Latin America.
  • In-text Listening Guides help students understand and enjoy extended musical compositions on the CDs and download selections. Timing points within each guide allow the listener to follow along as the piece unfolds. The Listening Exercises accompanying key selections help students to develop and improve their listening skills through a text or online self-test.
  • Margin references point to CourseMate and other online resources, iTunes® and YouTube playlists, and to Craig Wright's class sessions at Open Yale Courses.
  • Full coverage of women as composers, performers, and patrons of music exposes students to the significant contributions of women to the music world. Female composers covered include Hildegard of Bingen, Beatriz of Dia, Barbara Strozzi, Clara Schumann, Augusta Read Thomas, and Bessie Smith.
  • A complete set of optional online resources, available as a standalone environment (CourseMate) or for use within your LMS, includes an interactive eBook, Listening Exercises, Active Listening Guides, flashcards, tutorial quizzes, an interactive eBook, Engagement Tracker, and more.
  • Active Listening Guides in the optional online set of resources integrate exciting, content-rich visuals with streaming music in order to engage students and help make the vocabulary and performances more accessible.
  • The website for the optional online resources links to a complete online course taught by Craig Wright at Open Yale Courses, an open-access selection of introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University. The courses include exciting in-class performances and demonstrations and can be found at
  • Supplementary Listening Guides for many additional works not covered in the text are included in the optional online resources and the instructor's PowerLecture CD-ROM. These give the instructor more options for teaching the repertoire they want.
  • A full set of instructor resources is provided on the PowerLecture CD to help save you time preparing for class. It includes the Instructor's Manual, ExamView® computerized testing, and Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides with lecture outlines, images, and audio that can be used as offered, or customized by importing personal lecture slides or other material.
  • A volume that covers only Western (or Classical) music covering the first 32 chapters is available. This volume will appeal to instructors who teach only classical music or who prefer a briefer and less expensive text that leaves world and popular music to other courses in the curriculum.
  • The musical repertoire selected by Craig Wright is a definitive collection of carefully chosen recordings by world-renowned artists. The complete Western and pop/global repertoire is available on the new Sony Music download cards, or you can continue to order CDs for you and your students. The music is packaged in a five-CD set; a two-CD set that provides a smaller, core selection of music for listening study; and a separate CD that provides selections from popular and non-Western music.
1. The Appeal of Music.
2. Rhythm, Melody, and Harmony.
3. Color, Texture, and Form.
4. Musical Style.
5. Medieval Music, 476-1450.
6. Renaissance Music, 1450-1600.
Part III: THE BAROQUE PERIOD, 1600-1750.
7. Introduction to Baroque Art and Music.
8. Early Baroque Vocal Music.
9. Toward Late Baroque Instrumental Music.
10. The Late Baroque: Bach.
11. The Late Baroque: Handel.
12. Classical Style.
13. Classical Composers: Haydn and Mozart.
14. Classical Forms: Ternary and Sonata--Allegro.
15. Classical Forms: Theme and Variations, Rondo.
16. Classical Genres: Instrumental Music.
17. Classical Genres: Vocal Music.
18. Beethoven: Bridge to Romanticism.
Part V: ROMANTICISM, 1820-1900.
19. Introduction to Romanticism.
20. Romantic Music: The Art Song.
21. Romantic Music: Program Music, Ballet, and Musical Nationalism.
22. Romantic Music: Piano Music.
23. Romantic Opera: Italy.
24. Romantic Opera: Germany.
25. Nineteenth-Century Realistic Opera.
26. Late Romantic Orchestral Music.
27. Impressionism and Exoticism.
28. Modernism in Music and the Arts.
29. Early-Twentieth-Century Modernism.
30. Russian and Eastern European Modernism.
31. American Modernism.
32. Postmodernism.
33. American Popular Music to World War II.
34. Postwar Jazz.
35. Broadway, Film, and Video Game Music.
36. Rock: Music of Rebellion.
37. The Far East.
38. The Near East and Africa.
39. The Caribbean and Latin America.
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"The language used struck us as more accessible and conversational. It lacked, thankfully, the pedantic, overly-academic tone that can be an obstacle to many students. I appreciate the fact that Dr. Wright writes in a way that is easily understood by the non-music major. . . . The three greatest strengths of the text are (1) the easy manner and conversational style with which the material is treated, (2) the more global approach to the music of the 20th century, and (3) the connections to pop music that Dr. Wright makes to illustrate both musical characteristics and context."

"Strengths: 1.The numerous additional listening selections AND listening guides online. Excellent for those serious students who would go the extra mile. 2.Even though I currently do not have use for it, I am sure instructors in general appreciate the online grading for the listening exercises. 3. Reference to current developments and personalities."

"The organization of LISTENING TO MUSIC is excellent and it is a good survey of Western Art Music. The section on World Music is particularly satisfying. Listening to Music covers a wide spectrum of world music in a concise manner and does so far better than other textbooks. . . . there are terrific comparisons between rock and classical music."

"The first chapter is far superior [to the text in use]. I feel that students need an explanation of the current state of popular music with comparisons to the past. . . . Today's students are engrossed in pop music and do not have even a basic understanding of why things are. Because students are entrenched in pop music, many of them are not interested in delving into topics that challenge the ideologies they are accustomed to. I believe your text takes an approach that addresses the aforementioned statement."

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