Roger Kamien's "Music: An Appreciation" is the most widely used text for Music Appreciation and Introduction to Music Literature courses. The author has approached his new eighth edition with the goal of re-examining the scholarship and refreshing the repertoire while maintaining the book's strengths: the clear presentation of musical elements, the vivid depiction of music history, the carefully chosen musical examples, the detailed and informative listening outlines, and the unsurpassed supplements package.
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Four-Color Design based on the successful full-color design of the Brief 4/e. Updated photographs enrich the text, and listening outlines are easier to follow.
Newly Designed Part Openers begin with an overview to provide historical and cultural context. Timelines, maps, and color photos are included where appropriate to provide an illustration of events or important works of art.
Listening Guide Software
Suitable for student study, class presentation, or in-class quizzing, this free software offers multimedia listening guides to every recording on brief CD set.Fourth Brief CD
The recordings package has been expanded by the addition of a fourth CD to the brief set.
Expanded Coverage of Twentieth-Century Music takes into account the latest developments of the last century.
Thoroughly update Part VIX The American Musical: Incorporates recent theatrical contributions.
Part VIII, Jazz, and Part X, Rock, have been revised to incorporate cutting-edge advancements and innovations.
Roger Kamien received his B.A. in Musicology from Columbia and his M.A. and PhD. from Princeton. Kamien taught for 2 years at Hunter College and for 20 years at Queens College, where he coordinated the music appreciation courses. In 1983, he was appointed to his current position. In addition to Music: An Appreciation, Prof. Kamien has written numerous articles and reviews, co-wrote A New Approach to Keyboard Harmony, and edited the Norton Scores. He is an accomplished pianist and, in recent years, has formed a two-piano team with his wife, Anita.
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