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With nearly three million copies sold over eight editions, The Enjoyment of Music is the best-selling music appreciation text of all time. Spanning the Middle Ages through the twenty-first century, the text offers a thorough introduction to the elements of music, a broad overview of the history of musical styles, and fascinating cultural contexts and perspectives. The Nint With nearly three million copies sold over eight editions, The Enjoyment of Music is the best-selling music appreciation text of all time. Spanning the Middle Ages through the twenty-first century, the text offers a thorough introduction to the elements of music, a broad overview of the history of musical styles, and fascinating cultural contexts and perspectives. The Ninth Edition of this classic text features a stunning new design, exciting new repertory, and an unmatched ancillary and media package.


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With nearly three million copies sold over eight editions, The Enjoyment of Music is the best-selling music appreciation text of all time. Spanning the Middle Ages through the twenty-first century, the text offers a thorough introduction to the elements of music, a broad overview of the history of musical styles, and fascinating cultural contexts and perspectives. The Nint With nearly three million copies sold over eight editions, The Enjoyment of Music is the best-selling music appreciation text of all time. Spanning the Middle Ages through the twenty-first century, the text offers a thorough introduction to the elements of music, a broad overview of the history of musical styles, and fascinating cultural contexts and perspectives. The Ninth Edition of this classic text features a stunning new design, exciting new repertory, and an unmatched ancillary and media package.

30 review for The Enjoyment of Music: An Introduction to Perceptive Listening

  1. 4 out of 5

    Nikoleta

    Λίγα λόγια για τα κοινωνικοπολιτικά της κάθε εποχής, των καλλιτεχνικών και μουσικών τάσεων της κάθε εποχής, μικρές βιογραφίες για τους πο σημαντικούς συνθέτες και μίνι αναλύσεις κάποιων έργων... γενικά πάντως έτσι και έτσι, εγω για κάποιον περίεργο λόγο ψιλοβαρέθηκα.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Arta

    This is not a music history book rather it's a short survey on music history that touches upon different ideas and gives you a basic understanding of musical aesthetics, different eras and genres and a general overview of its history with a heavy emphasis on non-vocal music. This is not a music history book rather it's a short survey on music history that touches upon different ideas and gives you a basic understanding of musical aesthetics, different eras and genres and a general overview of its history with a heavy emphasis on non-vocal music.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Clara

    Very interesting book about the basic elements of western music...Melody, rhythm, scale,... Through this reading you can fly from one musical period to another in a really enjoyable way. But, at the same time, you can see that all this artistic history is marked by male composers. The only woman cited in this chronological analyses ( from eighteenth to nineteenth century) was Clara Schumann, a prodigious pianist ( but even though she was there, the life story of her husband had a principal spot i Very interesting book about the basic elements of western music...Melody, rhythm, scale,... Through this reading you can fly from one musical period to another in a really enjoyable way. But, at the same time, you can see that all this artistic history is marked by male composers. The only woman cited in this chronological analyses ( from eighteenth to nineteenth century) was Clara Schumann, a prodigious pianist ( but even though she was there, the life story of her husband had a principal spot in the book). Clara Schumann and so many other musical women deserved more attention!

  4. 5 out of 5

    MK

    This is one of the few college classes I actually enjoyed. I learned some new pieces of classical music (and a little bit of Jazz), some of my favorites being “Prelude to an Afternoon Faun” by Debussy, “Erlkonig” by Shubert, and “Summertime” (my favorite version is by Janis Joplin).

  5. 4 out of 5

    Vassiliki

    This one gets 5 stars simply because the 1st line in the book is a quote of Albus Dumbledore from Harry Potter. I mean, how can you NOT like a textbook that quotes Harry Potter?

  6. 5 out of 5

    Michael Walker

    The best conceptual music theory introduction book. What this book worked well for me was in those select areas of specialized music interest, I was able to better understand how a given area developed through history and became formalized. For audio engineers, this book is essential for having a more broad understanding of how music creation occurs and translated into reproducible forms. The book is not going to explore the Nyquist Theorem, but it will describe how waveforms relate to pitch and The best conceptual music theory introduction book. What this book worked well for me was in those select areas of specialized music interest, I was able to better understand how a given area developed through history and became formalized. For audio engineers, this book is essential for having a more broad understanding of how music creation occurs and translated into reproducible forms. The book is not going to explore the Nyquist Theorem, but it will describe how waveforms relate to pitch and so forth, so it points you in the general direction of Nyquist or similar path finding for the interested party's further investigation. The Queen of musical instruments is properly identified and explained, and the theological hints included with the description of melody is helpful to understanding the mysterious yet rather universal human reception to hearing melody.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Masaki Okamoto

    I've been using this for teaching IB DP Music. This book suits the age level (16-19) and thus a suitable material for class. Beautiful layout and concise explanations for a wide range of topics and aspects. Would be even better if there was more score transcripts and less social/historical contexts.. I've been using this for teaching IB DP Music. This book suits the age level (16-19) and thus a suitable material for class. Beautiful layout and concise explanations for a wide range of topics and aspects. Would be even better if there was more score transcripts and less social/historical contexts..

  8. 5 out of 5

    Matteo

    The musical examples are juicy, but the style is malignant adjectivoma. I'd rather versify the ingredients in Cap'n Crunch than listen to music critics string adjectives together. The musical examples are juicy, but the style is malignant adjectivoma. I'd rather versify the ingredients in Cap'n Crunch than listen to music critics string adjectives together.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Dasha Brotherton

    Adding the books I read from uni here pt. 2; don't mind me Adding the books I read from uni here pt. 2; don't mind me

  10. 5 out of 5

    Joshua Thompson

    My freshman music history text book. It's incredibly concise but still manages to paint a brief but thorough picture of things. My freshman music history text book. It's incredibly concise but still manages to paint a brief but thorough picture of things.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Servabo Fidem

    I had to practically memorize it for my music theory exam. Traumatic childhood memories...

  12. 4 out of 5

    Bobby Chastain

    This informative text is as entertaining as it is educational. The reader looking for a deeper knowledge of "classical" music will at once learn basic analytical terminology (without delving deep into music theory) as well as gain knowledge of the major western (and a few non-western) musical instruments. The reader will also come to realize a time-line for Western music history filled with enough information that serves as a starting point for learning further information. The accompanying CDs This informative text is as entertaining as it is educational. The reader looking for a deeper knowledge of "classical" music will at once learn basic analytical terminology (without delving deep into music theory) as well as gain knowledge of the major western (and a few non-western) musical instruments. The reader will also come to realize a time-line for Western music history filled with enough information that serves as a starting point for learning further information. The accompanying CDs provide the reader with support to the music discussed in the text. This book is highly recommended for the lay and academic music appreciater alike!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    I've been teaching from this textbook since 2009. Joseph Machlis's classic, original Music Appreciation text has been updated and "enhanced" with bits of current academic obsessions such as environmentalism, stirred in like big lumpy raisins. Also added in are lots and lots of snazzy photographs and illustrations, which break up all those intellectually taxing blocks of text. It's a pretty book, but most of my students seem to welcome further explication of the music theory elements than that wh I've been teaching from this textbook since 2009. Joseph Machlis's classic, original Music Appreciation text has been updated and "enhanced" with bits of current academic obsessions such as environmentalism, stirred in like big lumpy raisins. Also added in are lots and lots of snazzy photographs and illustrations, which break up all those intellectually taxing blocks of text. It's a pretty book, but most of my students seem to welcome further explication of the music theory elements than that which the text provides.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Craig Prather

    This was a good read. I enjoyed learning about music dating all the way back to 400 A.D. With gregorian chants till today with modern contemporary music. This text does a good job of breaking down the various eras of music throughout history and portraying historical figures and composers in a realistic and relatable way.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Barry

    Thorough, informative, and enlightening. Used it for self study for History 1/3, and it helped for the exam, but offered even more in analysis and appreciation of the pieces of the various eras explored.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Marie

    Descriptive, colorful, and easy to navigate. Certainly one of my favorite textbooks I've had so far. Descriptive, colorful, and easy to navigate. Certainly one of my favorite textbooks I've had so far.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Aaron

    This book is somewhat long-winded, and can be quite tedious and boring unless you're really into the work that goes in behind the music. It's primary genre is classical and orchestral work. This book is somewhat long-winded, and can be quite tedious and boring unless you're really into the work that goes in behind the music. It's primary genre is classical and orchestral work.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    Yea, I like this class better. I'm learning a ton and I've been a musician for almost 30 years. Love the cd's that come with it. Great online class! I love being back a the U. Yea, I like this class better. I'm learning a ton and I've been a musician for almost 30 years. Love the cd's that come with it. Great online class! I love being back a the U.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Emmanuel Nevers

    Quick and to the point, not overbearing.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Anna Crasher

  21. 5 out of 5

    Robin Russo

  22. 5 out of 5

    Testb

  23. 4 out of 5

    Michael Ross

  24. 4 out of 5

    Eric

  25. 5 out of 5

    Carly

  26. 5 out of 5

    Krzysztof

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jen

  28. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

  29. 4 out of 5

    Momoichigo

  30. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Tran

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