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The Modern Scholar: Masterpieces of Western Music | [Jeffrey Lependorf]

The Modern Scholar: Masterpieces of Western Music

This lecture series focuses on the very best of Western music, and as we progress through these lectures, the following are two important questions that we will seek to answer as we examine the various musical selections: What makes these works masterpieces? Why highlight these works?
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Publisher's Summary

This lecture series focuses on the very best of Western music, and as we progress through these lectures, the following are two important questions that we will seek to answer as we examine the various musical selections: What makes these works masterpieces? Why highlight these works?

  • These works share, for the most part, a common language, and were all composed to be listened to in the concert hall.
  • The works have stood the test of time - they remain popular and can be found annually on concert programs.
  • These works are loved not only by audiences, but have served as quintessential models for other composers as well.
  • These works stand up to repeated listenings - in fact, the more we study them, the more they seem to yield.

    In addition, the course highlights relevant details of the lives of the great composers and aids in developing a knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of Western music.

    Download the accompanying reference guide.

    ©2004 Jeffery D. Lependorf; (P)2004 Recorded Books

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      ESK Moscow, Russia 04-14-13
      ESK Moscow, Russia 04-14-13 Member Since 2011

      There are books of the same chemical composition as dynamite. The only difference is that a piece of dynamite explodes once, whereas a book explodes a thousand times. ― Yevgeny Zamyatin

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      "Excellent and solid listen"

      Listening to the lectures gave me so much pleasure. Prof. Lependorf teaches the listener to understand the music and create a mental map of the passages. Personally, it was like learning a new language in an insightful way. I'd say the lectures helped to develop my sensitivity.
      You can download the accompanying guide and figure out what the lectures are about. In short, they cover the following musicians and their masterpieces:
      A.Vivaldi 'The Spring' (Movement I), J.S.Bach 'Brandenburg Concerto No. 5' (Movement I), G.F.Handel 'The Messiah' (“Ev’ry Valley”, “All We Like Sheep”, “Hallelujah”), W.A.Mozart 'Eine Kleine Nachtmusik' (Movement I), L. van Beethoven 'Symphony No. 5' (Movement I), H.Berlioz 'Symphonie Fantastique', F.Chopin 'Nocturnes' (Vol. 1, Nocturne in Db, Op. 27, No. 2), J.Brahms 'Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Händel' (Variations I, II, III, V, VI, Fugue), R.Wagner 'Prelude to Tristan', M.Mussorgsky 'Pictures at an Exhibition' ('Promenade', 'The Gnome', 'Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks', 'Great Gate of Kiev'), C.Debussy 'Prelude to The Afternoon of the Faun', I.Stravinsky 'The Rite of Spring' (Pt. 1), M.Ravel 'Mother Goose Suite', A.Copland 'Appalachian Spring Suite'.
      Prof. Lependorf introduces such notions as tonic, ritornello, tutti, continuo, terraced dynamics, concerto grosso, pedal point, cadenza, oratorio, melisma, serenade, sonata-allegro, adagio, col legno, bel canto, arpeggio, da capo aria, tempo rubato, appoggiatura, hemiola, rounded binary, canon, cross-rhythm, two-against-three, leitmotiv, tremolo, ostinato, whole-tone scale, pentatonic scale, mode, gamelan, glissando, and syncopation, to name a few.
      The lectures expanded my musical experience. I'll certainly listen to them again.

      8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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      michael Cedar Grove, NJ, United States 04-12-12
      michael Cedar Grove, NJ, United States 04-12-12 Member Since 2011

      documentary filmmaker

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      "A joyful tour through the history of the classics!"
      Any additional comments?

      I recommend this book to everyone! It is complex enough for those who know music and simple enough for beginners.

      The sound quality of the musical examples is not the best, but you should buy and listen to the complete recordings of the pieces after the lecture anyway, if you don't already have them.

      Also, Prof. Lependorf is not a professional voice artist, that is clear. However, his love and enthusiasm for the subject shines through and his delivery is very relaxed and friendly. Prof. Lependorf gave new depth to pieces that I thought I knew well, and turned me on to others that I had neglected for one reason or another.

      These are fascinating lectures that include both the technical music theory behind the pieces, as well as the human stories of the people that created them and just enough audio examples to demonstrate his points while enticing us to seek out the full recordings to hear more.

      5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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      James Olathe, KS, United States 02-22-12
      James Olathe, KS, United States 02-22-12 Member Since 2008
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      "Great!"

      The narrator swallows saliva more audibly than I care to hear, but the lectures were great!

      More importantly THERE IS MUSIC IN THIS RECORDING!

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      Sandra 05-23-12
      Sandra 05-23-12 Member Since 2012

      I was educated into oblivion but have overcome it and am having a wonderful life

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      Would you consider the audio edition of The Modern Scholar to be better than the print version?

      I haven't seen the print edition.
      It would be nice to see the print edition after having listened to this audio version. I want to use some of the examples in teaching and it would be great to have a print version to go back to rather than have to find all the spots that I was listening to and thinking "oh yeah, I need to point that out".


      What was one of the most memorable moments of The Modern Scholar?

      loved the way he described the appoggiatura.. and so many other things.. pedal point leading to a key change... yes, so many things


      What about Jeffrey Lependorf’s performance did you like?

      Nice bird's eye view.


      If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

      Leaning into the music: the appoggiatura made simple


      Any additional comments?

      I'd like to hear more. Perhaps a series of audible books -- each taking an in-depth look at a specific style period.

      3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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      Linda 05-16-14
      Linda 05-16-14 Member Since 2013
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      "Phenomenal introduction to Western Music!"
      Where does The Modern Scholar rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

      The caliber of all the Modern Scholar lectures have been very, very high but this lecture was truly exceptional.


      What was one of the most memorable moments of The Modern Scholar?

      All the satisfying moments when Jeffrey Lependorf nailed the essence of a particular masterpiece and I could understand why it was truly great.


      Which character – as performed by Jeffrey Lependorf – was your favorite?

      The question is not really applicable, but I loved the background sketches of the great composers. It made it easier to put the masterpieces in context.


      Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

      No, but in a good way. The lecture is very dense with lots of new (to me) ideas and I needed time for it to sink in. What I do want to do is listen to the lectures again!


      Any additional comments?

      For a complete newbie to this subject, this lecture series had to be the most enjoyable and entertaining way to be introduced to Western musical history. The professor demystified a subject that I always thought was very intimidating. I also liked the way the professor introduced musical terms in a simple and easy to understand manner.

      0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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      "An Introduction to classical music"

      a beautiful interesting and fascinating insight and introduction to the world of classical music and its composers

      1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    • Susan
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      "Total Beginner"

      I am no musician and know nothing about the technicalities of music but I really, really enjoyed and am still enjoying this audio course. More than that, it is encouraging me to listen to a wider range of music.

      Well worth spending my credit.

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