Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.
There are very few books that seem to take advantage of audiobook technology as this one has. It is a lecture explaining the origin of music, as well as the developments and changes of schools of thought behind each form of music and how to develop an ear for it, with snippets of the music discussed broken down in each lecture to clarify the lecturer's point, followed by the full piece discussed at the end.
I feel like I can understand music, even modern music, better.
Retired economics professor. Looking for something funnier than Republicans bitching about Obama's handling of the economy they created and have done everything possible to keep from recovery hoping to beat the Democrats in 2012. Hard to beat that scenario.
Joy! Joy! Joy!
I did love the collected Stories Of William Faulkner, which is longer, but this is more fun. This was my first Great Course, but it won't be my last.
He is so exuberant, so talented, and so full of interesting tidbits about the composers who wrote the great American Music that I was devastated when I realized that I had heard it all so many times that I know what comes next. I just wish he would do one now on British Theatre. I couldn't wait to tell friends what fun the course is, and to give a copy to a close friend who loves music.
I laughed at the stories of the ego of Al Jolson, and wanted to cry at the loneliness of Irving Berlin. It's fun now to go to youtube and see Al Jolson and Banjo Eyes, Eddie Cantor, sing the songs that made them famous, and now I know more of their backgrounds. His discussions of the great musicals made me want to get them from Netflix and see them again. If I were younger, I would want to began writing music. Professor Bill Messenger is so talented, it is fun to hear him play selections and sing them. In addition he has other experts play and sing selections. I may want to also get his course on Jazz. My only criticism is that I wish the course was twice as long.
You don't have to know music or anything about musical Broadway to enjoy this course. You will learn a lot. Who knows? If you are young, you may change your career path to become an Andrew Lloyd Weber, or Rogers or Hart. I believe that the impact of these musicians will outlast the memory of Hitler.