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Classical Music 101: A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Classical Music
     

Classical Music 101: A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Classical Music

by Fred Plotkin
 

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This comprehensive and highly accessible guide to discovering the glories of classical music is based on the fundamental principle of developing the skills to truly listen. In clear, entertaining prose, Plotkin explores a thousand years of music, introducing listeners to more than one hundred great works and profiling in depth many significant composers, including

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This comprehensive and highly accessible guide to discovering the glories of classical music is based on the fundamental principle of developing the skills to truly listen. In clear, entertaining prose, Plotkin explores a thousand years of music, introducing listeners to more than one hundred great works and profiling in depth many significant composers, including Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, and others. Plotkin illustrates how each piece of music possesses its own sound world and defines major musical terms. He also makes music theory comprehensible for the uninitiated, and his conversations with important musicians offer fascinating insights into the art.

Editorial Reviews

Timeout Magazine
His insights and techniques are sound.
Library Journal
The latest of many introductory books on Western classical music, Plotkin's is a fine addition to the genre, though some may prefer Robert Sherman and Philip Seldon's more traditionally organized Complete Idiot's Guide to Classical Music or Michael Walsh's hilarious and opinionated Who's Afraid of Classical Music? While most such books are at least partially chronological, Plotkin's revolves almost entirely around the orchestra's instruments and the listening experience. He presents material as coursework, and his strictures about really listening (as opposed to mere "hearing") are well taken and certainly apply to all kinds of music. A valuable feature are the interviews with classical musicians interspersed throughout. One weakness is that opera is not significantly treated, perhaps because Plotkin covered that ground in an earlier book, Opera 101: A Guide to Learning and Loving Opera. The discography is organized by chapter rather than composer (which makes it a bit awkward to use as a stand-alone source), but it is superior to the one in the Idiot's Guide. Recommended for libraries desiring an up-to-date and informative general introduction to classical music. Bruce R. Schueneman, Texas A&M Univ. Lib., Kingsville Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786160891
Publisher:
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date:
02/01/2013
Edition description:
Unabridged
Pages:
16
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.90(d)

Meet the Author

Fred Plotkin is the author of the bestselling and acclaimed Opera 101: A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Opera, which is the standard text in North American for discovering the glories of opera. He writes for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Opera News, Das Opernglas, and Gourmet. He lectures on music for leading institutions, including Columbia University, the Juilliard School, and the Smithsonian. Plotkin is a popular guest on the intermission features of the Chevron Texaco-Metropolitan Opera broadcasts, and many shows on National Public Radio. An expert on Italy, he has written five definitive books on Italian food and wine.

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