Author: Alex Ross
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
One of The Telegraph's Best Music Books 2011 Alex Ross's award-winning international bestseller, The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century, has become a contemporary classic, establishing Ross as one of our most popular and acclaimed cultural historians. Listen to This, which takes its title from a beloved 2004 essay in which Ross describes his late-blooming discovery of pop music, showcases the best of his writing from more than a decade at The New Yorker. These pieces, dedicated to classical and popular artists alike, are at once erudite and lively. In a previously unpublished essay, Ross brilliantly retells hundreds of years of music history—from Renaissance dances to Led Zeppelin—through a few iconic bass lines of celebration and lament. He vibrantly sketches canonical composers such as Schubert, Verdi, and Brahms; gives us in-depth interviews with modern pop masters such as Björk and Radiohead; and introduces us to music students at a Newark high school and indie-rock hipsters in Beijing. Whether his subject is Mozart or Bob Dylan, Ross shows how music expresses the full complexity of the human condition. Witty, passionate, and brimming with insight, Listen to This teaches us how to listen more closely.
Author: Alex Ross
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
Category: Biography & Autobiography
In Listen to This, the award-winning music critic and author of The Rest is Noise, Alex Ross looks forward and backward in musical culture: capturing essential figures in classical music history, as well as giving an alternative view of recent pop music.
Author: Alex Ross
In Listen to This, Alex Ross, the music critic for The New Yorker, looks both backward and forward in time, capturing essential figures and ideas in classical-music history as well as giving an alternative view of recent pop music that emphasizes the power of the individual musical voice in whatever genre.
Author: John Jay Osborn
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
A riveting drama of marital therapy Gretchen and Steve have been married for a long time. Living in San Francisco, recently separated, with two children and demanding jobs, they’ve started going to a marriage counselor. Unfolding over the course of ten months and taking place entirely in the marriage counselor’s office, John Jay Osborn’s Listen to the Marriage is the story of a fractured couple in a moment of crisis, and of the person who tries to get them to see each other again. A searing look at the obstacles we put in our own way, as well as the forces that drive us apart (and those that bring us together), Listen to the Marriage is a poignant exploration of marriage—heartbreaking and tender.
Author: Ted Gioia
Publisher: Basic Books
An Economist Best Book of the Year "A radiantly accomplished writer . . . Gioia conveys his passion for the music with vivid description and shrewd judgements."-Wall Street Journal In How to Listen to Jazz, award-winning music scholar Ted Gioia presents a lively introduction to the art of listening to jazz. He tells us what to listen for in a performance and includes a guide to today's leading jazz musicians. From Louis Armstrong's innovative sounds to the exotic compositions of Duke Ellington, Gioia covers everything from the music's history to the building blocks of improvisation. A true love letter to jazz by a foremost expert, How to Listen to Jazz is a must-read for anyone who's ever wanted to understand America's greatest contribution to music. "Gioia could not have done a better job. Through him, jazz might even find new devotees."-Economist "How to Listen to Jazz is a packed and useful introduction to the medium. . . . You feel you are in good hands."-Weekly Standard
Author: Michael Morpurgo
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Alfie lives off the coast of England. Merry lives in New York City. Until Merry and her mother set sail on the Lusitania for England, where Merry's father is recuperating from a war injury. People told them not to go, hearing rumors that the Lusitania might be carrying munitions. But they are desperate to be reunited with Merry's father. Alfie and his father find a lost girl in an abandoned house on a small island. The girl doesn't speak, except to say what sounds like "Lucy." Alfie's mother nurses her back to health. The others in the village suspect the unthinkable: Lucy is actually German-an enemy-because she's found with a blanket with a German tag. Told from Alfie and Merry's points of view, this exquisite novel tells of friends, enemies, and unexpected kindnesses.
Author: Mark Evan Bonds PhD
For courses in Music Appreciation Listen to the music. Hear the elements. Connect your playlist. Listen to This is designed to connect students’ interest in the music on their own playlists with great music from throughout history and all over the world. It is based on the idea that all music is built on a combination of a few basic elements — melody, dynamics, rhythm, harmony, texture, timbre, form, and word-music relationships — and if students listen for those elements they can better understand how a piece of music works, no matter how unfamiliar it may seem at first. This elements-centered approach provides a strong foundation for learning about, and enjoying, many new musical styles. The Fourth Edition includes expanded coverage of timbre as well as new chapters on additional musical works. Listen to This, Fourth Edition is also available via Revel ™, an interactive digital learning environment that replaces the print textbook, enabling students to read, practice, and study in one continuous experience. Revel is ideal for courses where student engagement and mobile access are important. Available to package with Listen to This, Fourth Edition, MyLab™ Music for the Music Appreciation course is an online homework, tutorial, and assessment program designed to work with this text to engage students and improve results. MyLab Music also gives students access to the music and listening guides that accompany the text. Please note: this version of MyLab Music does not include an eText. Note: You are purchasing a standalone product; MyLab does not come packaged with this content. Students, if interested in purchasing this title with MyLab, ask your instructor for the correct package ISBN and Course ID. Instructors, contact your Pearson representative for more information. 0134492099 / 9780134492094 Listen to This plus MyLab Music for Music Appreciation – Access Card Package, 4/e Package consists of: 0134419510 / 9780134419510 Listen to This, 4/e 0134489500 / 9780134489506 MyLab Music for Music Appreciation
Listening to the Twentieth Century
Author: Alex Ross
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
The scandal over modern music has not died down. While paintings by Pablo Picasso and Jackson Pollock sell for a hundred million dollars or more, shocking musical works from Stravinsky's Rite of Spring onward still send ripples of unease through audiences. At the same time, the influence of modern music can be felt everywhere. Avant-garde sounds populate the soundtracks of Hollywood thrillers. Minimalist music has had a huge effect on rock, pop, and dance music from the Velvet Underground onward. Alex Ross, the brilliant music critic for The New Yorker, shines a bright light on this secret world, and shows how it has pervaded every corner of twentieth century life. The Rest Is Noise takes the reader inside the labyrinth of modern sound. It tells of maverick personalities who have resisted the cult of the classical past, struggled against the indifference of a wide public, and defied the will of dictators. Whether they have charmed audiences with the purest beauty or battered them with the purest noise, composers have always been exuberantly of the present, defying the stereotype of classical music as a dying art. Ross, in this sweeping and dramatic narrative, takes us from Vienna before the First World War to Paris in the twenties, from Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Russia to downtown New York in the sixties and seventies. We follow the rise of mass culture and mass politics, of dramatic new technologies, of hot and cold wars, of experiments, revolutions, riots, and friendships forged and broken. In the tradition of Simon Schama's The Embarrassment of Riches and Louis Menand's The Metaphysical Club, the end result is not so much a history of twentieth-century music as a history of the twentieth century through its music.
Leading Musicians Recommend Their Favorite Artists and Recordings
Author: Alan Reder,John Baxter
Ever wonder what albums your favourite recording artist listens to and loves Now in this one-of-a-kind reference book more than 100 artists from the worlds of pop, rock, folk, jazz, country, and blues offer their opinions on what moves them to tears of joy or just spends a lot of time on their turntables.
A Parent's Guide to Music
Author: Elaine Schmidt
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
A guide for parents to encourage their children to take up and pursue musical abilities from early childhood through high school, providing detailed descriptions of different instruments, and offering tips and advice on getting and maintaining an instrument, helping a child remain motivated to practice and play, choosing and paying for a private teacher, and helping children deal with anxieties about performances.
Author: Charles Stanley
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Often the purity and the freshness of your initial experience with God becomes clouded by the daily routine of life. The clamor of other voices obscures your hearing, leavingyou confused and frustrated with your relationship with God. How to Listen to God helps you distinguish God's voice from all the others. Dr. Charles Stanley shares personal lessons in listening and discusses: Why God wants to communicate with you How God gets your attention Four ways God speaks to you Scriptural guidelines for recognizing God's voice The joys and fruits from listening to God Ten hindrances to hearing God Your relationship and attitude to God can be free from distortion. Learn to listen to the God who wants to speak to you. His voice waits to be heard and, having heard it, we are launched into the greatest, most exciting adventure we could ever imagine. ?Charles Stanley
Miles Davis and Bitches Brew
Author: Victor Svorinich
Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi
Listen to This stands out as the first book exclusively dedicated to Davis’s watershed 1969 album, Bitches Brew. Victor Svorinich traces its incarnations and inspirations for ten-plus years before its release. The album arrived as the jazz scene waned beneath the rise of rock and roll and as Davis (1926–1991) faced large changes in social conditions affecting the African-American consciousness. This new climate served as a catalyst for an experiment that many considered a major departure. Davis’s new music projected rock and roll sensibilities, the experimental essence of 1960s’ counterculture, yet also harsh dissonances of African-American reality. Many listeners embraced it, while others misunderstood and rejected the concoction. Listen to This is not just the story of Bitches Brew. It reveals much of the legend of Miles Davis—his attitude and will, his grace under pressure, his bands, his relationship to the masses, his business and personal etiquette, and his response to extraordinary social conditions seemingly aligned to bring him down. Svorinich revisits the mystery and skepticism surrounding the album, and places it into both a historical and musical context using new interviews, original analysis, recently found recordings, unearthed session data sheets, memoranda, letters, musical transcriptions, scores, and a wealth of other material. Additionally, Listen to This encompasses a thorough examination of producer Teo Macero’s archives and Bitches Brew’s original session reels in order to provide the only complete day-to-day account of the sessions.
Developing an Ear for Expository
Author: Marcia S. Freeman
Publisher: Maupin House Publishing, Inc.
"Help your students develop an aural sense of good expository writing. Read a short essay to your class, then teach the content of writing with the help of teaching notes and an expository primer. Includes twenty-one well-written writing samples for different grade levels. Included are newspaper and magazine articles, letters to the editor, poems, essays, and process descriptions. A wonderful enhancement to your writing process workshop. By the author of Building a Writing Community and Teaching the Youngest Writers."
Author: Johnny Otis
Publisher: U of Minnesota Press
In the summer of 1965, the Los Angeles neighborhood of Watts exploded in a race riot that spanned six days, claimed thirty-four lives, and brought America's struggle with racial oppression into harrowing relief. For Johnny Otis, "Godfather of Rhythm and Blues," the events of that summer would inspire one of the most compelling books to ever explore that fateful August in Watts. Originally published in 1968, Listen to the Lambs grew from a letter Otis wrote to an expatriate friend during the days following the riots. Otis moves back and forth between Watts and his own childhood to reveal an alternative history of the riots. Equal parts memoir, social history, and racial manifesto, Listen to the Lambs is a moving witness of collective turmoil and a people for whom the long-promised American Dream was nowhere to be found.
Sketches and Monologues
Author: Michael Frayn
Publisher: Samuel French, Inc.
This varied collection of short sketches and monologues by the author of NOISES OFF, BENEFACTORS and others is essential to any actor's library. Most pieces are comic and all are perfect for classes and auditions. Contents: At the Sign of the Rupture Belt (2m, 1f) Blots (Monologue) Confession (Monologue) Do You Think You Are? (1m, 1f) Glycerine (1m, 1f) Head to Head (Monologue) Heaven (1m, 1f) Listen to This (1m, 1f) A Little Peace and Quiet (1m, 1f) The Messenger's Assistant (2m, 1f) Never Mind the Weather (Monologue) An Occasion of this Nature (Monologue) Pleasure Shared (Monologue) The Property Speculators (3m, 1f) Sons and Customers (3m, 1f) Through the Wilderness (3m, 1f) Value for Money (Monologue
Stories that Touch the Heart and Nurture the Spirit
Author: Chaim Walder,Aviva Rappaport
Publisher: Feldheim Publishers
The popular teacher and noted children's author has utilized his talent for listening and his keen writing skills to reach an adult readership. These sixteen inspiring and heart-warming stories convey timeless lessons.
Author: Hannah Pittard
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
A page-turning modern gothic about a marriage and road trip gone hauntingly awry A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice “Pittard deserves the attention of anyone in search of today’s best fiction.” — Washington Post “Revelatory.” — The New Yorker “[Listen to Me] gripped me completely and even gave me nightmares, which is high praise in my book.” — Chicago Tribune Mark and Maggie’s annual drive east to visit family has gotten off to a rocky start. By the time they’re on the road, it’s late, a storm is brewing, and they are no longer speaking to each other. Adding to the stress, Maggie—recently mugged at gunpoint—is lately not herself, and Mark is at a loss about what to make of the stranger he calls his wife. When the couple is forced to stop for the night at a remote inn completely without power, Maggie’s paranoia reaches an all-time and terrifying high. But as Mark finds himself threatened in a dark parking lot, it’s Maggie who takes control. “Pittard proves herself a master of ordinary suspense.” — New York Times “Listen to Me elides so many genres that it’s Houdini-like, bursting through constraints. It moves between its two characters’ inner lives as effortlessly as an Olympic swimmer strokes through water.” — Ann Beattie, Paris Review blog “A psychologically complex, addictive, and quick-moving read. I didn’t want it to end!” — M.O. Walsh, author of New York Times best-selling novel My Sunshine Away
Author: Coleman Cox
Publisher: Palala Press
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