Higher Education

The Essential Listening to Music, 1st Edition

  • includes Audio CD and Music CourseMate with eBook Printed Access Card
  • Craig Wright Yale University
  • ISBN-10: 1111342024  |  ISBN-13: 9781111342029
  • 288 Pages
  • © 2013 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $71.25
  • Newer Edition Available
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About

Overview

THE ESSENTIAL LISTENING TO MUSIC draws on the strengths of author Craig Wright's larger volumes--outstanding listening pedagogy, clear writing, state-of-the-art online ancillaries--and delivers them in a style that is designed to connect with today's students and inspire a lifelong appreciation of music. In this concise book, scholar and master-teacher Wright focuses on the key concepts and works presented within a typical Music Appreciation course, avoids lengthy discussions on side topics, and includes a set of integrated digital resources that make it easier--and fun--for students to master the material. THE ESSENTIAL LISTENING TO MUSIC is approximately 60 percent shorter than the large volume and is priced much lower than our larger texts. This chronological text discusses musical examples from each historical period, each discussed within its social context. This provides students with a sense of a piece's construction, as well as its historical and cultural meaning. THE ESSENTIAL LISTENING TO MUSIC includes a wide range of resources designed to develop listening skills and challenge students: a free "Introduction to Listening" CD, packaged with each copy of the text; Listening Exercises built into the book and online (unique to Wright's text); streaming music ; computer-enhanced Active Listening Guides; and listening quizzes for all of the music in the text. All of these are included within CourseMate--for use with or without your school's LMS. Students can download all of the music that is covered in the text -- directly to a music library -- using the Sony Music Download Card that is bound into the book. A full set of lecture-based digital resources provides you with the tools you need to prepare for class, and an optional two-CD set is also available. As an instructor, you can also customize THE ESSENTIAL LISTENING TO MUSIC to fit your specific needs by including pop and global music from the larger edition of LISTENING TO MUSIC.

Features and Benefits

  • CourseMate, available as a standalone online environment or for use within your LMS, is included, free of charge, with all new books. It includes an interactive eBook, Listening Exercises, Active Listening Guides, flashcards, tutorial quizzes, an interactive eBook, Engagement Tracker, and more.
  • The text is authored by Craig Wright, a renowned music historian, who has taught, and continues to teach, music appreciation for more than 30 years. By teaching the course every year, Wright remains in touch with what today's students need to become personally engaged in the act of listening to music.
  • Full coverage of women as composers, performers, and patrons of music exposes students to the significant contributions of women to the music world. Women composers covered include Hildegard of Bingen, Barbara Strozzi, Clara Schumann, and Ellen Zwilich.
  • The instructor's PowerLecture includes lecture materials, as well as Listening Guides for many additional works not covered in the text. These give instructors more options for teaching the repertoire they want.

Table of Contents

1. The Appeal of Music.
2. Rhythm, Melody, and Harmony.
3. Color, Texture, and Form.
4. Music in the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
5. Baroque Art and Music.
6. Late Baroque Music: Bach and Handel.
7. Introduction to Classical Style: Haydn and Mozart.
8. Classical Forms.
9. Classical Genres.
10. Beethoven: Bridge to Romanticism.
11. Romanticism and Romantic Chamber Music.
12. Romantic Orchestral Music.
13. Romantic Opera.
14. Late Romantic Orchestral Music.
15. European Impressionism and Modernism.
16. American Modernism and Postmodernism.
Epilogue.
Glossary.
Index.

What's New

  • NEW This briefer, less expensive edition has a streamlined 16-chapter organization covering Western (or classical) music.
  • NEW In order to keep this edition as brief as possible, the larger text's Listening Guides and many of its Listening Exercises have been replaced with Listening Cues, containing such key information as genre and form, "What to Listen For," and where to find interactive Active Listening Guides and Listening Exercises on the website. Print Listening Guides are available in the Active Listening Guides and may be customized with the book.
  • NEW Margin-based references point to the text website, as well as to online iTunes, Rhapsody, and YouTube playlists; podcasts; musical style checklists; and Craig Wright's Open Yale Course in music appreciation.
  • NEW Listening Guides for many additional works not covered in the text are included on the instructor's PowerLecture, and a library of additional streaming music is available on the book's website. These give the instructor more options for teaching the repertoire they want.
  • NEW The musical repertoire selected by Craig Wright for this brief edition is praised by reviewers. This edition offers a free Introduction to Listening CD with 26 selections and a two-CD set of 35 carefully selected pieces. All musical selections are also available streaming and as downloads.

Alternate Formats

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  • Non-Media Edition

    ISBN-10: 1133309208 | ISBN-13: 9781133309208

    List Price = $107.95  | CengageBrain Price = $107.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $81.00

Efficacy and Outcomes

Reviews

"I really enjoyed the fresh approach. There is much more in this text that current students can relate to. . . . The overall tone of the writing is right on the money, and perfect for today's students."

— Ed Jacobs, Southwestern Illinois College

"Yes, the writing is extremely clear and it is at the appropriate level. I found myself reading all of the text (even when I only expected to skim some passages). The material is presented in an interesting and up-to-date manner, especially, with references to modern pop composers.... I particularly liked the biographical materials on the composers. The information reflects current scholarship and it is accurate. I also liked the material on . . . society, which shed light on the period and helps students understand the social and cultural issues surrounding the composer and his works."

— Anne Swartz, Baruch College, CUNY

"I am very fond of the musical examples and the references to YouTube. This is an increasingly important tool for teaching if used well, and I think the incorporation here is well done. I am considering online instruction for this course, and I think this material is well suited to spark discussion and interest. . . . The brevity, with good musical examples, looks like it would fit well into a semester's coverage."

— Gail Allen, Averett University

"This text is a chronological journey through music history that is significantly shorter in length than most, hence the title, focusing on the most important composers and genres from each era without an overload of unnecessary terms or concepts. Therefore, it is a better fit for non-majors taking their first music course, as it introduces musical terms and guidelines of how to listen to Classical music."

— Vanessa Sheldon, Norco College

Supplements

All supplements have been updated in coordination with the main title. Select the main title's "About" tab, then select "What's New" for updates specific to title's edition.

For more information about these supplements, or to obtain them, contact your Learning Consultant.

Instructor Supplements

2 CD Set  (ISBN-10: 1133309259 | ISBN-13: 9781133309253)

THE ESSENTIAL LISTENING TO MUSIC draws on the strengths of author Craig Wright's larger volumes--outstanding listening pedagogy, clear writing, state-of-the-art online ancillaries--and delivers them in a style that is designed to connect with today's students and inspire a lifelong appreciation of music. In this concise book, scholar and master-teacher Wright focuses on the key concepts and works presented within a typical Music Appreciation course, avoids lengthy discussions on side topics, and includes a set of integrated digital resources that make it easier--and fun--for students to master the material. THE ESSENTIAL LISTENING TO MUSIC is approximately 60 percent shorter than the large volume and is priced much lower than our larger texts.

List Price = $29.95  | CengageBrain Price = $29.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $22.50

CourseMate Instant Access with MindTap Reader and Active Listening Guide  (ISBN-10: 1133113389 | ISBN-13: 9781133113386)

Select either type of access for CourseMate and receive:Streaming music and downloads that correspond to the music in the text!CourseMate, featuring an interactive eBook, Active Listening Guides, Supplementary Listening Guides, and chapter-by-chapter online tutorial quizzes, as well as interactive demonstrations of musical elements and differences between styles, a video of A Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, interactive Listening Exercises, key points, flashcards, and more! The corresponding multimedia-enabled eBook, featuring page design identical to the print book as well as integrated links to all CourseMate media content (including streaming audio and downloads). Also watch for Musical Styles Quizzes (per era/period), Interactive Music Timeline (with integrated Musical Styles tutorial), and Keyboard Videos!

List Price = $67.00  | CengageBrain Price = $67.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $67.00

WebTutor™ on Blackboard® with eBook on Gateway, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1133510353 | ISBN-13: 9781133510352)

List Price = $86.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $86.00

WebTutor™ on WebCT™ with eBook on Gateway, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1133510361 | ISBN-13: 9781133510369)

List Price = $86.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $86.00

MindTap® Music with Active Listening Guide, 1 term (6 month) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1285382137 | ISBN-13: 9781285382135)

MindTap was created to harness the power of technology to drive student success. This cloud-based platform integrates a number of learning applications (“apps”) into an easy-to-use and easy to access tool that supports a personalized learning experience. MindTap combines student learning tools-readings, multimedia, activities and assessments-into a singular Learning Path that guides you through your medical music course.

List Price = $83.00  | CengageBrain Price = $83.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $83.00

Student Supplements

2 CD Set  (ISBN-10: 1133309259 | ISBN-13: 9781133309253)

THE ESSENTIAL LISTENING TO MUSIC draws on the strengths of author Craig Wright's larger volumes--outstanding listening resources, clear writing, state-of-the-art online resources--and delivers them in a direct, conversational style that is designed to inspire a lifelong appreciation of music. In this concise book, scholar and master-teacher Wright focuses on the key concepts and works presented within a typical Music Appreciation course, avoids lengthy discussions on side topics, and includes a set of integrated digital resources that make it easy--and fun--for you to master the material. THE ESSENTIAL LISTENING TO MUSIC is approximately 60 percent shorter than the large volume and is priced much lower than our larger texts.

List Price = $29.95  | CengageBrain Price = $29.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $22.50

MindLink for CourseMate, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1305386884 | ISBN-13: 9781305386884)

List Price = $67.00  | CengageBrain Price = $67.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $67.00

MindLink for MindTap® Music, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1305386892 | ISBN-13: 9781305386891)

MindLink for MindTap Music Instant Access for Wright's The Essential Listening to Music engages you to produce your best work – consistently. By seamlessly integrating course material with videos, activities, apps, and much more, MindTap creates a unique learning path that fosters increased comprehension and efficiency.

List Price = $83.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $83.00

CourseMate Instant Access with MindTap Reader and Active Listening Guide  (ISBN-10: 1133113389 | ISBN-13: 9781133113386)

Select either type of access for CourseMate and receive: Streaming music and downloads that correspond to the music in the text! CourseMate, featuring an interactive eBook, Active Listening Guides, Supplementary Listening Guides, and chapter-by-chapter online tutorial quizzes, as well as interactive demonstrations of musical elements and differences between styles, a video of A Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, interactive Listening Exercises, key points, flashcards, and more! The corresponding multimedia-enabled eBook, featuring page design identical to the print book as well as integrated links to all CourseMate media content (including streaming audio and downloads). Also watch for Musical Styles Quizzes (per era/period), Interactive Music Timeline (with integrated Musical Styles tutorial), and Keyboard Videos!

List Price = $67.00  | CengageBrain Price = $67.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $67.00

WebTutor™ on Blackboard® with eBook on Gateway, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1133510353 | ISBN-13: 9781133510352)

List Price = $86.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $86.00

WebTutor™ on WebCT™ with eBook on Gateway, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1133510361 | ISBN-13: 9781133510369)

List Price = $86.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $86.00

MindTap® Music with Active Listening Guide, 1 term (6 month) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1285382137 | ISBN-13: 9781285382135)

MindTap was created to harness the power of technology to drive student success. This cloud-based platform integrates a number of learning applications (“apps”) into an easy-to-use and easy to access tool that supports a personalized learning experience. MindTap combines student learning tools-readings, multimedia, activities and assessments-into a singular Learning Path that guides you through your medical music course.

List Price = $83.00  | CengageBrain Price = $83.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $83.00

General MindLink for MindTap® Music, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1285408012 | ISBN-13: 9781285408019)

MindTap was created to harness the power of technology to drive student success. This cloud-based platform integrates a number of learning applications (“apps”) into an easy-to-use and easy to access tool that supports a personalized learning experience. MindTap combines student learning tools-readings, multimedia, activities and assessments-into a singular Learning Path that guides you through your music course.

List Price = $83.00  | CengageBrain Price = $83.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $83.00

Flash Cards, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1285631978 | ISBN-13: 9781285631974)

Flash cards are effective study aids especially when you only have a limited amount of time. These flash cards work with your title and can help you to review and learn essential terms and key concepts. This is instant access product; at the completion of your purchase, simply go to "My Home" and gain immediate access to your product. Note: If you have purchased CourseMate for your title, flash cards are already included.

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Flash Cards  (ISBN-10: 1285632001 | ISBN-13: 9781285632001)

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Flash cards and quizzes are effective study aids especially when you only have a limited amount of time. These flash cards and quizzes work with your title and can help you to review and learn essential terms and key concepts. This is instant access product; at the completion of your purchase, simply go to "My Home" and gain immediate access to your product. Note: If you have purchased CourseMate for your title, flash cards and quizzes are already included.

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Quizzing  (ISBN-10: 1285632028 | ISBN-13: 9781285632025)

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Craig Wright

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.