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    Sound Reasoning

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    Anthony Brandt

    Robert McClure

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    Publisher: OpenStax CNX

    Language: English

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    Reviewed by Paul Dube, Adjunct Faculty Visual and Media Arts, Bunker Hill Community College on 11/18/22

    Sound Reasoning provides a thorough study of music structure for the novice listener with multiple embedded music samples for exploration of harmony and thematic composition through several genres. read more

    Reviewed by Lois Birky, Professor of English, Illinois Central College on 3/5/21

    The text addresses the fundamental aspects of music that a novice listener needs to be able to recognize and respond to as well as instruction on harmonics and form. A search capability easily directs the reader to pages defining terms. Given... read more

    Reviewed by Zane Cupec, Graduate Part-Time Instructor, University of Colorado Boulder on 6/11/20

    The text covers many key fundamentals of music in a format designed to develop critical listening skills. While drawing almost exclusively on Classical and Modern music canons, the author’s intention is to expand the listening approach to... read more

    Reviewed by Roberta Marvin, Professor of Musicology, University of Massachusetts Amherst on 6/9/20

    As a music appreciation text that focuses on how to listen to music rather than on its historical context (which many such textbooks do), it encourages thinking in numerous way and thus is comprehensive in that regard. It does not cover all types... read more

    Reviewed by Cynthia Retana, Lecturer in Music, Oakland City University on 1/28/20

    The subject matter is quite comprehensive, but from mainly the perspective of listening. read more

    Reviewed by David Volk, Professor of Music/Director of the Center for Honors and Leadership, Colorado State University - Pueblo on 12/23/19

    The text is intended for Music Appreciation courses, but provides numerous, ready-made listening examples that could easily service a multitude of courses in a comprehensive music curriculum (music theory, music history, orchestration,... read more

    Reviewed by Jessica Hajek, Adjunct Instructor, PALNI on 12/16/19

    This textbook is not designed as a survey, which works to its advantage. In order to develop and improve students' listening skills, "Sound Reasoning" focuses on eight different concepts that inform any kind of musical listening (not even just... read more

    Table of Contents

    • 1. Sound Reasoning: A New Way to Listen
    • 2. How Music Makes Sense
    • 3. Listening Gallery: How Music Makes Sense
    • 4. Musical Emphasis
    • 5. Listening Gallery: Musical Emphasis
    • 6. Musical Form
    • 7. Listening Gallery: Musical Form
    • 8. Expository and Developmental
    • 9. Listening Gallery: Expository and Developmental
    • 10. Overall Destiny
    • 11. Listening Gallery: Overall Destiny
    • 12. Time's Effect on the Material
    • 13. Listening Gallery: Time's Effect
    • 14. Summary: A Quick Guide for Listening
    • 15. Making Music Modern
    • 16. Listening Gallery: Making Music Modern
    • 17. Conclusion: What is Music Trying to Express?
    • 18. Part II: Hearing Harmony
    • 19. Part III: The Language of Transformation

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    About the Book

    “Sound Reasoning” is a web-based, introductory music appreciation course. It offers a new approach to music appreciation for adults, focusing on style-independent concepts. While the course concentrates primarily on Western classical and modern music, the concepts that are introduced apply to music of any style or era. The goal of “Sound Reasoning” is to equip you with questions that you may ask of any piece of music, thereby creating a richer and more comprehensive understanding of music both familiar and unfamiliar. Here are some additional features of the course. 1) ”Sound Reasoning” is completely listening based. No ability to read music is required. 2) The course assumes little or no musical background. A minimum of terminology is invoked. 3) Musical examples are interpolated directly into the text. 4) The course is interactive. A “listening gallery” with exercises follows each module, so that you may practice and refine your listening skills. 5) The modules may be studied in sequence or individually. 6)You may easily print a .pdf of any module.. “Sound Reasoning” is designed as both a stand-alone, self-paced course as well as a supplement to existing university classes.

    About the Contributors


    Anthony Brandt, Composer Anthony Brandt (b. 1961) earned his degrees from California Institute of the Arts and Harvard University. His honors include a Koussevitzky Commission from the Library of Congress and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Meet-the-Composer, the Houston Arts Alliance, the New England Foundation for the Arts and the Margaret Fairbank Jory Copying Assistance Program. He has been a fellow at the Wellesley Composers Conference, the Tanglewood Institute, the MacDowell Colony and the Djerassi Resident Artists Colony. He has been a Visiting Composer at the Bowdoin International Festival, the Bremen Musikfest, Baltimore’s New Chamber Arts Festival, Southwestern University, SUNY- Buffalo, Cleveland State University, and the Universidad Verucruzana and Composer-in-Residence of Houston’s OrchestraX and the International Festival of Music in Morelia, Mexico.

    Robert McClure

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