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How to listen to great music : a guide to its history, culture, and heart

Author: Robert Greenberg
Publisher: New York : Plume, 2011.
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Presents a guide to the composers and masterpieces of Western music from medieval times up to the twenty-first century, covering such musical classifications as baroque, classical, romantic, and modern.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Greenberg
ISBN: 9780452297081 0452297087
OCLC Number: 681497414
Notes: "The great courses"--Spine.
Description: ix, 334 pages : illustrations, music ; 21 cm
Contents: Understanding and listening to music --
A mad dash through the roots of Western music --
The music of the medieval Church --
A necessary and invigorating excursion into the worlds of music theory and terminology --
Emotional exuberance and intellectual control : the paradox of Baroque art --
Play it, don't say it : the rise of instrumental music --
National styles : Italy and Germany (or, Why German music will never hit your eye like a big pizza pie and Italian music will never go from best to wurst) --
Fugue it! --
Opera : the Baroque expressive revolution in action --
Opera goes to church --
A new liturgy comes of age : Lutheran Baroque sacred music --
Instrumental form in Baroque era music --
Baroque era musical genres --
Enlightened is as enlightened does : an introduction to the Classical era --
Putting it all together : Classical era musical form, part one --
Classical era musical form, part two --
Classical era orchestral genres, part one --
Classical era orchestral genres, part two --
Send in the buffone : opera in the Classical era --
A revolutionary artist for a revolutionary time : Ludwig van Beethoven --
Beethoven's compositional innovations : when the going gets tough, the tough innovate --
Isn't it Romantic? : the music of the nineteenth century --
Structural problems : formal challenges in early Romantic music --
Going beyond Beethoven : Hector Berlioz's Symphony fantastique and the program symphony --
Nineteenth-century Italian opera : Rossini and bel canto --
Giuseppe Verdi : it's all about the people--dramatic truth in Italian opera --
Nineteenth-century German opera : von Weber and Wagner, nationalism and experimentation --
Of thee I sing : musical nationalism in the nineteenth century --
Romantic nationalism, Russian style --
A modern music for a modern world --
Revolutions, evolutions, and "-isms" galore : the making of a new music in the early twentieth century --
From Russia with rhythm : Igor Stravinsky --
No waltz in the park : Arnold Schoenberg's Vienna and Expressionism --
Postlude.
Responsibility: Robert Greenberg.

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Presents a guide to the composers and masterpieces of Western music from medieval times up to the twenty-first century, covering such musical classifications as baroque, classical, romantic, and modern.

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