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Listening to Music 8th Edition

Craig Wright

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LISTENING TO MUSIC helps develop and refine the listening skills of your students and inspires a lifelong appreciation of music. Throughout, the author connects with students by incorporating comparisons between pop and classical music and by using examples from popular artists to illustrate core concepts. Organized chronologically, this valuable resource discusses musical examples from every era in its social context -- describing each piece's construction as well as its culture. Available with MindTap® as well as music that can be downloaded directly to a music library.

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.

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  • References to popular culture throughout help students make relevant connections from historical and factual information to recent and current trends in music.
  • Giving users complete flexibility, all music is available on a Sony Music download card. In addition, in-text Listening Guides help students follow the music in the downloads and point them to the key features to be discovered in each piece -- maximizing their experience.
  • Accessible to learners from a variety of backgrounds, the text adopts a student-friendly format that includes 33 chapters introduced by eight part openers -- each with an introduction and timeline. Checklists of Musical Style help students efficiently summarize the information presented for each era.
  • The text's thorough coverage of women as composers, performers, and patrons highlights Hildegard of Bingen, Beatriz of Dia, Clara Schumann, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Caroline Shaw, and Bessie Smith.

Listening to Music


1. The Power of Music.
2. Rhythm, Melody, and Harmony.
3. Color, Texture, Form, and Style.
4. Medieval Music, 476-1450.
5. Renaissance Music, 1450-1600.
Part III: THE BAROQUE PERIOD, 1600-1750.
6. Early Baroque Music: Opera.
7. Toward Late Baroque Instrumental Music.
8. The Late Baroque: Bach.
9. The Late Baroque: Handel.
10. Introduction to Classical Style: Haydn and Mozart.
11. Classical Forms: Ternary and Sonata–Allegro.
12. Classical Forms: Theme and Variations, Rondo.
13. Classical Genres: Instrumental Music.
14. Classical Genres: Vocal Music.
15. Beethoven: Bridge to Romanticism.
Part V: ROMANTICISM, 1820-1900.
16. Introduction to Romanticism.
17. Romantic Music: The Art Song.
18. Romantic Music: Program Music, Ballet, and Musical Nationalism.
19. Romantic Music: Piano Music.
20. Romantic Opera: Italy.
21. Romantic Opera: Germany.
22. Nineteenth-Century Realistic Opera.
23. Late Romantic Orchestral Music.
24. From Impressionism to Modernism.
25. Early-Twentieth-Century Modernism.
26. American Modernism.
27. Postmodernism.
28. American Popular Music to 1930.
29. American Popular Music from 1935.
30. Music for Media: Film, TV, and Games.
31. Rock: Music of Rebellion.
32. The Far East.
33. The Near East and Africa.
34. The Caribbean and Latin America.

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