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Listen to This, 2nd Edition

By Mark Evan Bonds

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Sep 24, 2010

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Listen to the music. Hear the elements. Expand your playlist.


The first edition of Listen to This struck a chord with professors and students with its powerful message of listen to the music, hear the elements, and expand your playlist! Professors at over 160 institutions across the country selected Listen to This for their music appreciation students.


Listen to This was created for today’s students. It will expand your students’ playlist with its listening-oriented approach and the integration of the musical elements.  For the professor, it provides a customizable, modular format that gives you the flexibility to design your ideal music appreciation course. Listen to This also encourages students to explore history, culture, and musical styles through active listening, not just through passive reading. By concentrating on the elements of music, students develop the ability to connect earlier music with their own music. Praised by students and instructors alike for its engaging writing style, stunning design, and flexible format, this text will instill a life-long appreciation and understanding of music in your students by expanding their playlist today!


Table of Contents

The Elements of Music: A Brief Introduction



Part One: The Middle Ages 

Chapter 1. Hildegard von Bingen: Play of Virtues (excerpt)

Web Bonus 1: Plainchant Alleluia “Caro mea” from the Mass for the Feast of Corpus Christi 

Chapter 2. San Ildefonso Indians of New Mexico: Eagle Dance

Chapter 3. Francesco Landini: "Behold, Spring"  

Chapter 4: Guillaume de Machaut, ““I can all too well compare my lady”

Chapter 5. Alfonso el Sabio: Songs to the Virgin Mary no. 249, "He Who Gladly Serves"


Part Two: The Renaissance

Chapter 6. Josquin des Prez: "The Cricket"

Chapter 7. Thomas Weelkes: "Since Robin Hood"

Chapter 8. William Byrd: "Sing Joyfully"

Chapter 9. Rhyming Singers of the Bahamas: "My Lord Help Me To Pray"

(Global Connection: Polyphony)

WEB BONUS CHAPTER 2.  Tielman Susato: Moorish Dance


Part Three: The Baroque Era

Chapter 10. Claudio Monteverdi: Orpheus, selection from Act II

Chapter 11. Henry Purcell: Dido and Aeneas: Overture and Act I, nos. 1-4

Chapter 12. Mbuti Pygmies: "Marriage Celebration Song"

Chapter 13. Barbara Strozzi: "Revenge"

Chapter 14. J. S. Bach: Fugue in G minor, BWV 578 (“Little”)

Chapter 15. Antonio Vivaldi: Four Seasons, "Winter," first movement

Chapter 16. J. S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto no. 2 in F Major, BWV 1047, finale

Chapter 17. George Frideric Handel: Water Music: Hornpipe

Chapter 18. Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantata 140 (“Awake, a Voice Calls to Us”), selections

Chorus: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme

Chorale: Gloria sei dir gesungen

Chapter 19. G. F. Handel: Messiah, selections

He that dwelleth in heaven (recitative)

Thou shalt break them (aria)

Halleluiah (chorus)


Part Four: The Classical Era

Chapter 20. Joseph Haydn: String Quartet op. 76, no. 3, second movement

Chapter 21. Master Musicians of the Ikuta-ryu (Japan): Cherry Blossom

Chapter 22. Haydn: Symphony no. 102, second and third movements



Chapter 23. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony no. 40, first movement

Chapter 24. W. A. Mozart: Piano Concerto K. 488, first movement

Chapter 25. W. A. Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro, Act I, selection

Web Bonus Chapter 3. Lisa Lu and the Beijing Opera Company: The Reunion

Chapter 26: Billings: Chester


Part Five: The Nineteenth Century

Chapter 27. Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no. 5 (complete)

Chapter 28. Franz Schubert: "Erlking,"D. 328

Chapter 29. Felix Mendelssohn: Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Chapter 30. Hector Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique, fourth movement ("March to the Scaffold")

Chapter 31. Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel: Piano Trio, op. 11, second movement

WEB BONUS CHAPTER4   Robert Schumann: "Dedication"

Chapter 32. Clara Schumann: "Forward!"

Chapter 33. Chopin: Mazurka in Bb, op. 7, no. 1

Chapter 34. Louis Moreau Gottschalk: Union

Chapter 35. Ravi Shankar (India): Raga Bairaga

(Global Connection: Virtuosity)

Chapter 36. Giuseppe Verdi: La Traviata, Act I, selection

Chapter 37. Richard Wagner: The Valkyrie, Act III, selection ("Wotan’s farewell")

Chapter 38. Johannes Brahms: Symphony no. 4, finale

Chapter 39. Antonin DvoYák: String Quartet in F Major, op. 96 (“American”), third movement


Part Six: The Twentieth Century

Chapter 40. Claude Debussy: Voiles from Preludes, book 1

Chapter 41. Gamelan Gong Kebyar of Belaluan (Bali): Kebyar Ding III, "Oncang-oncangan"

Chapter 42. Charles Ives: The Unanswered Question

Chapter 43. Arnold Schoenberg: "Columbine" from Pierrot lunaire

Chapter 44. Igor Stravinsky: Rite of Spring, Part 1 (excerpt)

Chapter 45. Scott Joplin: Maple Leaf Rag

Chapter 46. Robert Johnson: "Terraplane Blues"

Chapter 47. Duke Ellington: Cotton Tail

Chapter 48. Charlie Parker: Ornithology

Chapter 49. Ruth Crawford: Piano Study in Mixed Accents

Chapter 50. Germaine Tailleferre: Concertino for Harp and Orchestra, finale

Chapter 51. William Grant Still: "A Black Pierrot"from Songs of Separation

Chapter 52. Aaron Copland: "Hoe-Down" from Rodeo

Chapter 53. Béla Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra, “Game of Pairs”

Chapter 54. Leonard Bernstein: "Tonight" from West Side Story (ensemble)

Chapter 55. John Cage: Indeterminacy (excerpt)

Chapter 56. Philip Glass: "Knee Play 1" from Einstein on the Beach.

Chapter 57. Chuck Berry: "School Day"

WEB BONUS CHAPTER5.  Mahalia Jackson: "It Don't Cost Very Much"

Chapter 58. Marvelettes:  "Please, Mr. Postman"

Chapter 59. Beach Boys: "Good Vibrations"

WEB BONUS CHAPTER6.  Sex Pistols, “God Save the Queen”

Chapter 60. Public Enemy: "Fight the Power"

Chapter 61. Tania Léon: A la Par, second movement("Guaguancó")  

Chapter 62. Tan Dun: “Farewell” from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon


Part Seven: Music Today


Appendix: Instruments