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Muisca isn’t a bad introduction to classical music, though in some parts it is a little dated. A great introduction to ideas, vocabulary, and structure for music appreciation. A good part of the book’s fascination for me lies in this insider’s point of view, the perspective of the maker. Aaron Copland stands as one of the giants of American composers.

But certainly reading Copland is motivation to curate a more purposeful Spotify playlist It might be helpful for those who, like me can neither read music nor recognize pitch, to supplement Copland either before or after with a work on the general history of Western music.

Although I have a degree in music, I still learned a few things, and benefitted from those things that were review. After his return from Paris he worked with jazz rhythms in his “Piano Concerto” He managed to take me — a reader untrained in formal music practice or theory — by the hand and help me understand the underlying principles of its structure. By these means Bach engenders a feeling of free fantasy and a bold freedom of design that would be impossible to achieve within a strict form.

A very nice book if you want to understand classical music better. It definitely enhanced immensely my listening skills and opened my mind to new works and composers with which I was previously unfamiliar.

I highly recommend every reader do something similar. Trivia About What to Listen fo Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The best components of the book probe the four essential elements to music: Nonetheless, What to Listen for in Music is a very good read. The method for citation is slightly different, but not difficult to learn.

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Jan 14, Joshua rated it really liked it. Sep 23, Jana Light rated it really liked it Shelves: For the feelings or emotion evoked at one time may be quite different when listening to the same piece of music at a later time.

That starts with a greater understanding of the technical aspects of music and composition which Copland has provided and culminates in being able to simply let a piece – no matter how “formless” and ckpland – happen, giving it the freedom to create nostalgia, to re create an emotional experience that envelops us for 10 minutes or three hours. Coplanc had intended to listen as I went along, but when I realized I wouldn’t finish the book until summer if I kept up with that model, I decided to finish the book and then spend the next few months listening to secuchar piece after a brief refresher of its chapter context.

Msica a decidedly non-layperson to the music world, I found myself skimming the beginning theory sections. It goes over the major forms too which was perfect for me.

This book made me realize the importance of tone color, and the basic percussion writing of Northern and Western composers, when compared to the likes of Cuban and other cultures. Knowledge en A basic and helpful introduction to music for someone like me, i.

Published November 5th by Signet Classics first published Though that “something” is necessarily general, like an emotion, it matters as what the composer wishes to communicate to his listeners.

What to Listen for in Music

If you’re a musician, read it anyway. Want to Read saving…. The author says it’s a book even for lay people, when, in fact, it would be preferable to have a minimum of sensitivity and musical knowledge. By the time he was fifteen he had decided to become a composer. I HIGHLY recommend you listen to the works he mentions while reading the book, it gives you a much much clearer understanding of what he is trying to explain And he argues that a person should train themselves to listen for all three to better appreciate the music that they hear.


Though unable to foresee the future coming changes in the ever-growing and changing musical structures and experimentations that has occurred in the past 50 years, Copland’s analysis and brilliance outlined throughout this book still rscuchar much for the composer, musician, and layperson to learn from, even with the changing and fluid styles of music in this current sonic period.

This guide is a very easy read for anyone with at least a rudimentary musical education, and is unlikely to lose many readers escucbar lack one.

What to Listen for in Music by Aaron Copland

It’s smart, detailed, comprehensive, and Copland punctuates his objective analyses with stirring descriptions of the emotional impact of music that remind readers how evanescent and mysterious good music is. I have to admit that many of the recommended recordings I had never heard, but our local library may be of help here.

I’ve already gained immensely in the area of early 20th century works and am looking forward to extending my listening range. Perhaps some of the discussion on harmony might be a little confusing, but if one takes it slowly, it is not difficult. This book is probably great for musicians, but non-musicians should be careful picking this up. A chapter is devoted to each of the four elements of music: Besides that – it is not worth reading.

Jul 26, Richard Pohl rated it really liked it Shelves: The books flows natural, just like one of Copland’s pieces. Refresh and try again.