All You Have to Do Is Listen
Music From the Inside OutBook - 2008
In this guide for classical music lovers, Kapilow explains how to learn to listen from the composer's point of view. He progresses from small ideas to broader sections and movements, showing how the "plot" of the music unfolds from the beginning to end. Concepts he discusses include repetition, form, theme and variations, the concerto, cadences, and sonata form, using examples from Gershwin to Stravinsky. He uses musical terms throughout without defining them, but provides a glossary. Music examples included in the book are available for download on the companion website. There is no bibliography. Kapilow is a composer, conductor, pianist, and music commentator, who presents What Makes It Great programs at Lincoln Center and other locations. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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