By Rob Kapilow
“Rob Kapilow leaps into the void dividing music analysis from appreciation and fills it with exhilarating details and sensations.”
— The New York Times
Rob Kapilow, star of public radio’s Performance Today, has written an engaging new book about listening to music. His accessible and refreshing approach is designed to help today’s listeners – whether newcomers to classical music or experienced concertgoers – to understand music from the inside out.
In his book, All You Have to Do is Listen: Music from the Inside Out (Wiley, September, 2008; $25.95 / Cloth; ISBN: 978-0-470-38544-9), Kapilow helps readers become great listeners by explaining and expanding on his belief that the core of real listening has less to do with musical terminology and historical facts than with our ability to pay attention and to listen closely.
Kapilow demonstrates in this book how to listen to music from the inside out, from the composer’s point of view; he highlights the things composers intended to be heard but that listeners so often miss.
Kapilow has often been compared to Leonard Bernstein because of his ability to help both new and experienced listeners enjoy classical music more deeply. He uses fresh, accessible language and a new, ‘hands-on’ approach to help enrich the musical experience of today’s listeners. Additionally, at the heart of the book is a unique, online resource enhancing the reader’s experience: recorded and notated musical examples with an animated scrollbar that follows the music in real time, available for download via a dedicated web site. This feature allows readers, no matter what their musical background, to follow and understand the book’s detailed discussions even if they can’t read music.
Kapilow gives readers a non-traditional listening toolbox filled with ideas and suggestions to enrich the reader’s musical experiences; Wiley’s technology does the rest!
The book is organized like a piece of music, introducing topics as they might arise in the course of careful listening. The focus gradually broadens as the book progresses from idea to phrase and from section to movement. Each chapter explores a single simple concept or metaphor drawn from everyday life and designed to help readers listen to and think about music differently. All You Have To Do Is Listen.