Perspectives on Music

Perspectives on Music

Perspectives on Music

Perspectives on Music

Excerpt

This collection of writings on music is intended for college students who elect a two-semester music course as part of an Arts or a Humanities requirement. The majority of these students enter into this course with little or no formal musical training. The course--often called "Introduction to Music Literature" or Survey of Music" or "Music 101" or something else similar to these titles--is frequently the student's first encounter with a college music course and (according to the way in which his curriculum is planned) is likely to be a terminal course as well.

It is with this knowledge in mind, and with the experience that comes from fifteen years of teaching such a course to non-music majors, that these writings were brought together. Although each contributing writer is a specialist with his own particular musical discipline--Aaron Copland, composer: Leonard Bernstein--composer and conductor; Oscar Thompson, encyclopedist; Abram Chasins, pianist; to mention but a few--there is one factor that binds them together. Each of these professional musicians makes a strong plea to the non-professional musician, the layman, to try to understand what music is about.

It is safe to assume that a certain number of beginning students will have had some experience with, and enjoyment of, various phases of serious music and will continue to do so throughout their fives. For these students this collection offers the kind of information that we believe will lead not only to a better understanding, but also we trust, to an even greater enjoyment of all music.

The special value of this collection, however, lies in the way it can be made to fascinate and interest the intelligent student with a minimum . . .

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