All Music Guide to Classical Music: The Definitive Guide to Classical Music

All Music Guide to Classical Music: The Definitive Guide to Classical Music

by Chris Woodstra, Gerald Brennan, Allen Schrott
     
 
(Book). This is the definitive source for composers, compositions, and genres. The book contains over 500 composer and 800 performer biographies. Each artist entry includes vital statistics and album recommendations. The book covers thousands of compositions, including operas, symphonies, concertos, and ballets, and it includes 23 essays devoted to classical music's

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(Book). This is the definitive source for composers, compositions, and genres. The book contains over 500 composer and 800 performer biographies. Each artist entry includes vital statistics and album recommendations. The book covers thousands of compositions, including operas, symphonies, concertos, and ballets, and it includes 23 essays devoted to classical music's major eras, forms, and genres. Choral works, songs, keyboard works, chamber music, and film scores receive dedicated sections. Includes 4,000 descriptions of composers' works and 12,000 recordings recommended by All Music Guide editors.

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This hefty tome is an ambitious attempt by Ann Arbor--based database house All Music Guide (AMG) and San Francisco-based music book publisher Backbeat Books to pack as much information as possible about the world of classical music into a single volume. (Previously, AMG has released similar, if shorter, biographical dictionaries in the fields of jazz, soul, blues, and hip-hop.) The more than 100 contributors are not well known in the world of musicology but do a fine job overall of presenting the material in a well-organized, readable format. The 1500 A-to-Z entries include established composers, performers, and ensembles of every style and era. There is a surprising amount of detail on the major works of the composers, and recommended recordings are appended to each entry. The final 25 pages are devoted to one-page discussions of form in classical music, historical periods (ten divisions), and genres such as ballet, film music, and opera. While one page on each of the topics may seem paltry, quite a bit of useful information is in fact packed in thanks to careful editing and a tiny font size. The index is thorough but not annotated; the entry for Ludwig van Beethoven, for example, is followed simply by a list of 350 page references. Bottom Line Readers may quibble over missing composers and performers, but all told, this is an excellent resource for both classical novices and aficionados. There is simply no other single volume on the market as inclusive. Recommended for general collections.-Larry Lipkis, Moravian Coll., Bethlehem, PA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780879308650
Publisher:
Hal Leonard Corporation
Publication date:
10/10/2005
Series:
All Music Guide Series
Pages:
1608
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 2.39(d)

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