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Listening For America Inside The Great American Songbook From Gershwin To Sondheim

Author : Rob Kapilow
ISBN : 9781631490309
Genre : Music
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“Not since the late Leonard Bernstein has classical music had a combination salesman-teacher as irresistible as Kapilow.” —Kansas City Star Few people in recent memory have dedicated themselves as devotedly to the story of twentieth- century American music as Rob Kapilow, the composer, conductor, and host of the hit NPR music radio program, What Makes It Great? Now, in Listening for America, he turns his keen ear to the Great American Songbook, bringing many of our favorite classics to life through the songs and stories of eight of the twentieth century’s most treasured American composers—Kern, Porter, Gershwin, Arlen, Berlin, Rodgers, Bernstein, and Sondheim. Hardly confi ning himself to celebrating what makes these catchy melodies so unforgettable, Kapilow delves deeply into how issues of race, immigration, sexuality, and appropriation intertwine in masterpieces like Show Boat and West Side Story. A book not just about musical theater but about America itself, Listening for America is equally for the devotee, the singer, the music student, or for anyone intrigued by how popular music has shaped the larger culture, and promises to be the ideal gift book for years to come.
Category: Music

Listening To America

Author : Stuart Berg Flexner
ISBN : UOM:39015004153915
Genre : Americanisms
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An illustrated survey of the origins, evolutions, and meanings of thousands of phrases, and expressions unique to American English adds up to an entertaining, reliable history of modern American idioms and speech.
Category: Americanisms

Listening To Nineteenth Century America

Author : Mark Michael Smith
ISBN : 0807849820
Genre : History
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Arguing for the importance of the aural dimension of history, Mark M. Smith contends that to understand what it meant to be northern or southern, slave or free--to understand sectionalism and the attitudes toward modernity that led to the Civil War--we mu
Category: History

Listening To Charles Ives

Author : J. Peter Burkholder
ISBN : 9781442247956
Genre : Music
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Charles Ives is widely regarded as the first great American composer of classical music. But listening to his music is an adventure—hearing how a piece begins may not prepare you for what comes next, or how it ends. Knowing one Ives piece may not prepare you for another. Award-winning music historian J. Peter Burkholder provides an introduction to the composer’s diverse musical output and unusual career to readers of any background, discussing about forty of the best and most characteristic pieces framed with biographical sketches. Burkholder shows how Ives mastered each tradition he encountered, from American popular music to classical European genres, from Protestant church music to his own unique experimental idiom, and then interwove elements from all these traditions in the astonishing works of his maturity. Listening to Charles Ives contains compelling walkthroughs of select pieces and ultimately reveals that there is an Ives piece for everyone.
Category: Music

Walking To Listen

Author : Andrew Forsthoefel
ISBN : 9781632867025
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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A memoir of one young man's coming of age on a journey across America--told through the stories of the people of all ages, races, and inclinations he meets along the way. Life is fast, and I've found it's easy to confuse the miraculous for the mundane, so I'm slowing down, way down, in order to give my full presence to the extraordinary that infuses each moment and resides in every one of us. At 23, Andrew Forsthoefel headed out the back door of his home in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, with a backpack, an audio recorder, his copies of Whitman and Rilke, and a sign that read "Walking to Listen." He had just graduated from Middlebury College and was ready to begin his adult life, but he didn't know how. So he decided to take a cross-country quest for guidance, one where everyone he met would be his guide. In the year that followed, he faced an Appalachian winter and a Mojave summer. He met beasts inside: fear, loneliness, doubt. But he also encountered incredible kindness from strangers. Thousands shared their stories with him, sometimes confiding their prejudices, too. Often he didn't know how to respond. How to find unity in diversity? How to stay connected, even as fear works to tear us apart? He listened for answers to these questions, and to the existential questions every human must face, and began to find that the answer might be in listening itself. Ultimately, it's the stories of others living all along the roads of America that carry this journey and sing out in a hopeful, heartfelt book about how a life is made, and how our nation defines itself on the most human level.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Soundscape Of Modernity

Author : Emily Ann Thompson
ISBN : 0262701065
Genre : Architecture
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A vibrant history of acoustical technology and aural culture in early-twentieth-century America. In this history of aural culture in early-twentieth-century America, Emily Thompson charts dramatic transformations in what people heard and how they listened. What they heard was a new kind of sound that was the product of modern technology. They listened as newly critical consumers of aural commodities. By examining the technologies that produced this sound, as well as the culture that enthusiastically consumed it, Thompson recovers a lost dimension of the Machine Age and deepens our understanding of the experience of change that characterized the era. Reverberation equations, sound meters, microphones, and acoustical tiles were deployed in places as varied as Boston's Symphony Hall, New York's office skyscrapers, and the soundstages of Hollywood. The control provided by these technologies, however, was applied in ways that denied the particularity of place, and the diverse spaces of modern America began to sound alike as a universal new sound predominated. Although this sound--clear, direct, efficient, and nonreverberant--had little to say about the physical spaces in which it was produced, it speaks volumes about the culture that created it. By listening to it, Thompson constructs a compelling new account of the experience of modernity in America.
Category: Architecture

Radio Listening In America The People Look At Radio Again

Author : Columbia University. Bureau Of Research
ISBN : 129035216X
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Unlike some other reproductions of classic texts (1) We have not used OCR(Optical Character Recognition), as this leads to bad quality books with introduced typos. (2) In books where there are images such as portraits, maps, sketches etc We have endeavoured to keep the quality of these images, so they represent accurately the original artefact. Although occasionally there may be certain imperfections with these old texts, we feel they deserve to be made available for future generations to enjoy.

Radio Listening In America

Author : Columbia University. Bureau of Applied Social Research
ISBN : UOM:39015021555704
Genre : Social Science
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Radio Listening In America

Author : Columbia University. Bureau of Applied Social Research
ISBN : STANFORD:36105044934334
Genre : Radio broadcasting
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Sendeprgramm, Radiokonsum in Amerika.
Category: Radio broadcasting

Academic Encounters Level 2 Student S Book Listening And Speaking With Dvd

Author : Kim Sanabria
ISBN : 9781107655164
Genre : Foreign Language Study
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The Academic Encounters Second edition series uses a sustained content approach to teach skills necessary for taking academic courses in English. There are two books for each content area. Academic Encounters Level 2 Student's Book with DVD Listening and Speaking: American Studies engages students through interviews and academic lectures on stimulating topics from the fields of U.S. History and Culture. Topics include the Constitution, immigration, the Civil Rights Movement, and the American value system. Students develop crucial listening and note-taking skills, discuss content, conduct interviews, and make presentations. A Student DVD includes all of the academic lectures. Topics correspond with those in Academic Encounters Level 2 Reading and Writing: American Studies. The books may be used independently or together.
Category: Foreign Language Study

Looseleaf For America S Musical Landscape

Author : Jean Ferris
ISBN : 1260300048
Genre : Music
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America's Musical Landscape, 8e provides readers with an extensive understanding of the progression of American music over time together with an appreciation of the music's diverse cultural roots. Chapters are enhanced by over 70 listening examples, connections to other arts, and Thinking Critically boxes throughout. Ultimately, the music fundamentals covered will enable students to listen to new music receptively and creatively. With this new edition, all musical examples are easily accessible through Spotify. This allows students to hear complete performances (rather than excerpts as before) of a wide variety of music on the device of their choice.
Category: Music

Music The Art Of Listening

Author : Jean Ferris
ISBN : UOM:39015084147324
Genre : Music
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Emphasizing music in the context of the society that surrounds it, Music: The Art of Listening weaves the development of Western music into the fabric of cultural history, paying special attention to the biographies of significant composers. In a clear and accessible format, it introduces music from centuries past as well as that of the current era, and helps the listener develop techniques to fully appreciate music in public performance halls, on the radio, in films, or in the theater. Among the highlights of this seventh edition is a greatly expanded selection of Listening Examples, which are available on the texts companion CD set.
Category: Music