In this superb analysis of how to listen to music, eminent American composer Aaron Copland (1900-90) raises two basic questions: Are you hearing everything that is going on? Are you really being sensitive to it? If you cannot answer yes to both questions, you owe it to yourself to read this book. Whether you listen to Mozart or Duke Ellington, Aaron Copland's proactive suggestions for listening to any kind of music will bring readers a deeper appreciation of the most rewarding of all art forms. This classic work features chapters on contemporary music and film music, recommended recordings for each chapter, and a selected list of books for futher reading and reference.
In this updated 2009 paperback edition, leading music critic Alan Rich continues Copland's discussion of contemporary music for today's listeners and traces the composer's success in bringing music lovers ''closer to the magical mysteries of the music we can hear and want to hear better.'' Includes an appreciation from eminent conductor Leonard Slatkin.
''The definitive guide to musical enjoyment.'' - Forum
- ''By far the best thing of its kind yet to appear.'' - Modern Music