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Discovering Music: A Course in Music Appreciation
Discovering Music A Course in Music Appreciation Author:Howard D. McKinney and W. R. Anderson The authors [...] have provided in this volume, Discovering Music, a most enjoyable and valuable guide to the secret beauties in music through the study of what are, by common consent, considered to be the outstanding examples of musical literature. The musical illustrations utilized throughout the text have been available to anyone, anywhere. ... more »It is in the organization of the musical adventure; the means of translating these "secrets" so that everyone, layman and professional alike, will thoroughly understand; the integration of music with the other fine arts and literature; and the contagion of the authors' enthusiasm for their subject, that justify the appearance of this book.
There are several salient characteristics in Discovering Music that should be pointed out, in such a preface as this. The sister arts are called upon when and if they can make a definite contribution to the better understanding of the musical work, or type of work, under consideration at the moment. At no time is it forgotten that the primary object of the text is to lead the reader ultimately to the music itself. Arousal of interest, discussions about the music, analysis, presentation of historical background of the composer, the incidents concerning the composition of any particular work, reviewing the general social and political background, and sundry excursions aside from the music can go but so far and are useful only when they culminate in the hearing of the music itself, or as an "aside" to enable the listener better to understand what is being heard. The determination of the amount of extraneous information to be given and the manner of presenting the same requires great skill, a thorough understanding of the musical score, coupled with superior teaching ability.
(excerpted from the Editor's Preface)
This book is in good condition, with an unmarred cover, tight binding, no ripped or written on pages, and only a slight dent in the edge of the front cover.
There is, however, a little bit of mold forming just inside the front cover, and has a brief note from the previous owner there.« less