The Modern Scholar: Understanding the Fundamentals of Classical Music

  • by Richard Freedman
  • Narrated by Richard Freedman
  • 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

Music is a performative art. It stresses movement through time and engages our suggestive sense of its passing. Music has tendency, it normally invokes goals of various sorts, both near and far. Music has closure, a sensation not just of ending, but of expecting no more. Music also has accent. It is a dynamic process of stresses and nuance that often varies in dimension from one performance to the next.
This course is not designed as a chronological survey of musical history and its many stylistic periods or moments, nor an exploration of the lives and output of individual composers. Instead, these lectures focus on the development of listening skills. Through this course you will develop new levels of aural awareness that will allow you to better appreciate the richness, complexity and excitement at the heart of all great concert music.


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Quick overview of classical music

It may be me, but a bunch of it was a bit above my head. It is probably good listen for those with more than basic musical understanding.
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- Vinicius

Somewhat dull...

Note: I'm a classically trained musician.

While I was able to follow this with no problem, I had difficulty keeping myself engaged, even with the supplemental materials.
Part of the problem was in the Audible format: it was somewhat difficult to rewind and repeat recordings, which meant I lost patience and stopped bothering after a few sections. Thus, his point was lost, and when he later elaborated, I just didn't care.

I will try this another day, however, and see if I like it better then.
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- DrandomTubas

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-22-2008
  • Publisher: Recorded Books