Analysis Of Aaron Copland 's How We Listen

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“ I think it 's funny, we live in an era and time where peace, love and positivity is considered corny or whack.. and that 's some evil thoughts.” (Logic) This is one of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite rappers of this generation. He makes music to talking about his struggles being a biracial kid grow up in a dysfunctional home in Maryland and his parents being drug addicts. He also talks about his love of music and happy, good stuff about life. In a way he wants to put the world together and unite it through music. He uses this as a method to bring people together through his music and wants to people under his music of loving one another for making a better world. In Aaron Copland “How We Listen” describes the process of…show more content…
One turns on the radio while doing something else and absentmindedly bathes in the sound. A kind of brainless but attractive state of mind is engendered by the mere sound appeal of the music(pg 939)”. Copland is saying that the sensuous plane is listening to the sound of music. Just listening to the sound of it. He also states that we as human we are attracted to the sound of music and always draw to it. It is the first part of the process to listening to music because as human, if we like the sound of it we continue to listen to it. We live the sound and vibe that we get from it. It is like the hook for us to listen to music. The second is expressive plane which he states is “ Here, immediately, we tread on controversial ground” and “all music has a certain meaning behind the notes and that meaning behind the note constitutes, after all, what the piece is saying, what the piece is about.” This is when we try to find meaning in our music, like what is the artist message or main point of his music. The third plane stated Copland states is “the pleasurable sound of music and the expressive feeling that it gives off, music does exist in terms of the notes themselves and of their manipulation.” Copland means in his last step to understand music is to understand the notes that make the music. Sheerly plane also has “the melodies, the rhythms, the harmonies, the tone colors in a more conscious fashion.” Copland states the

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