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Classical Music For Dummies doesn't assume that you have a degree in musicology -- or even that you took a course in music appreciation. Rather, the multimedially gifted David Pogue and renowned conductor ...
Classical Music For Dummies doesn't assume that you have a degree in musicology -- or even that you took a course in music appreciation. Rather, the multimedially gifted David Pogue and renowned conductor Scott Speck explain classical music in terms you can understand, and they describe musical elements so that you can hear them for yourself.
A reference you can dip into at any point, Classical Music For Dummies covers such topics as
Part I: Welcome to the Classics.
Chapter 1: Prying Open the Classical Music Oyster.
Chapter 2: The Entire History of Music in 80 Pages.
Chapter 3: How to Spot a Sonata.
Part II: Listen Up!
Chapter 4: Dave 'n' Scott's E-Z Concert Survival Guide.
Chapter 5: A Spin through Your Free CD.
Part III: A Field Guide to the Orchestra.
Chapter 6: Keyboards & Co.
Chapter 7: Strings Attached.
Chapter 8: Gone with the Woodwinds.
Chapter 9: The Top (And Bottom) Brass.
Chapter 10: Percussion's Greatest Hits.
Part IV: Backstage in the Composer's Brain.
Chapter 11: The Dreaded Music Theory Chapter.
Chapter 12: Once More, with Feeling: Tempo, Dynamics, and Orchestration.
Part V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 13: The Ten Most Common Misconceptions about Classical Music.
Chapter 14: The Ten Best Musical Terms for Cocktail Parties.
Chapter 15: Ten Great Chamber Music Pieces.
Chapter 16: Ten Great Classical Music Jokes.
Chapter 17: Ten Ways to Go Beyond This Book.
Part VI: Appendixes.
Appendix A: Starting a Classical Music Collection.
List 1: Old Favorites.
List 2: MILD on the Taste Meter.
List 3: MEDIUM on the Taste Meter.
List 4: MEDIUM HOT on the Taste Meter.
List 5: HOT on the Taste Meter.
Appendix B: Classical Music Timeline.
Appendix C: Glossary
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Posted March 20, 2001
I love the way the chapters unravel all the confusing terms and let me know that I don't already need to know everything to try to enjoy classical music. And it is 'laugh out loud' funny!
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