Condition: Covers show some shelf wear and scuffing. Clean copy otherwise.
Dust Jacket: None as published.
Contents: This book teaches music appreciation by genre rather than chronologically. The author has the book broken down into what he calls movements which are as follows:
Movement I - What is Music? Concentrates on the tools of the composer, the "musical palette." Begins with musical perception so that you can listen to music as a whole. Then examines how music is classified and organized.
Movement II - Music for Instruments. Introduces many of the major genres of instrumental music. Begins with the sonata, concerto, concerto grosso, and works up to a large scale form, the symphony.
Movement III - Mostly Vocal Music. Presents some of the most important vocal genres, Beginning with ancient Greek and Roman fragments it then moves through Gregorian chant and polyphony, the mass, secular music, the oratorio, the art song and finally opera.
Movement IV - The Finale. The finale to the course. Ballet, program, "entertainment," and late 20th century music are examined. The last chapter is a brief introduction to world music.