'One of the most helpful, sensible, and enjoyable discourses on the subject ever published.'-Victor Record Review
In this superb analysis of how to listen to music intelligently, Aaron Copland raises two basic questions: Are you hearing everything that is going on? Are you really being sensitive to it? If you cannot answer yes to both questions, you owe it to yourself to read this book. Whether you listen to Mozart or Duke Ellington, Aaron Copland's provocative suggestions for listening to music from his point of view will bring you a deeper appreciation of the most rewarding of all art forms. This classic work, the only book of its kind written by an eminent American composer, features: Chapters on contemporary music and film music Recommended recordings for each chapter A selected list of books for further reading and reference In this edition, leading music critic Alan Rich continues Copland's discussion of contemporary music for today's listeners and traces the composer's success in bringing music lovers 'closer to the magical mysteries of the music we can hear and want to hear better.'
'By far the best thing of its kind yet to appear.'-Modern Music
With a Foreword and Epilogue by Alan Rich and a New Appreciation by Leonard Slatkin