Classical Music

Classical Music

The 50 Greatest Composers and Their 1,000 Greatest Works

Book - 1992
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Random House, Inc.
MAKE A SOUND INVESTMENT IN CLASSICAL MUSIC
Who are the ten most important classical composers? Who in the world was Palestrina? Why did Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring" cause a riot? Which five of each important composer's works should you buy? What is a concerto and how does it differ from a sonata?
Maybe you don't know the answers to these questions; author Phil Goulding certainly didn't. When Goulding first tried to learn about classical music, he found himself buried in an avalanche of technical terms and complicated jargon--so he decided to write the book he couldn't find.
The result is a complete classical music education in one volume. Comprehensive, discriminating, and delightfully irreverent, Classical Music provides such essential information as:
* Rankings of the top 50 composers (Bach is #1. Borodin is #50)
* A detailed and anecdotal look at each composer's life and work
* The five primary works of each composer and specific recommended CDs for each.
* Further great works of each composer--if you really like him
* Concise explanations of musical terminology, forms, and periods
* A guide to the parts and history of the symphony orchestra
"This book uses every conceivable gimmick to immerse readers in the richness of classical music: lists, rankings, sidebars devoted to lively anecdotes, and catchy leads."
--The Washington Post
"One terrific music appreciation book...The information is surprisingly detailed but concisely presented. Goulding's writing style is breezy yet mature....[He] has raised music appreciation from a racket to a service."
--The Arizona Daily Star


From the Trade Paperback edition.

Baker & Taylor
Offers brief profiles of the top fifty classical composers, recommends the best works and recordings, and discusses music history and structure, musical instruments, and the orchestra

Blackwell North Amer
Did Mozart come before Beethoven? Who in the world was Palestrina? Why did Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring" cause a riot? Which of Haydn's 104 symphonies should you buy? What is a concerto and how does it differ from a sonata? There are so many composers - who are the ten you really should know? And where can you get answers to these and all your other classical music questions without getting bogged down in technicalities and jargon?
Now you can turn to this lively and refreshingly opinionated guide to the top classical composers, designed expressly for beginners. Written by a former classical music novice who grew frustrated by the lack of material aimed at listeners like himself, Classical Music is guaranteed to give you the confidence and the knowledge you need for a lifetime of informed listening.
Comprehensive, discriminating, and delightfully irreverent, Classical Music provides such essential information as rankings of the top 50 composers; a detailed look at each composer's life and work; Starter Kits of the five most essential works of each composer; master collections of 25 selections for expanding your library beyond the Starter Kits; specific recommendations for the best CDs of all 250 Starter Kit selections; concise explanations of musical terminology (tone color vs. tonality), forms (sonata vs. concerto), and periods (Baroque vs. Classical); a guide to the parts and history of the symphony orchestra; and the composers' (not always flattering) opinions of each other.
Whether you are just starting your music library, expanding an existing collection, or branching out into new works and new composers, you'll find Classical Music an essential guide to the galaxy of classical music stars. It is a complete classical music education in one delightful volume.

Publisher: New York : Fawcett Columbine, 1992
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780449903568
0449903567
Branch Call Number: 781.68 GOULD
Characteristics: xix, 635 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Notes: Includes index

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