Classical Music: The 50 Greatest Composers and Their 1,000 Greatest Works

Classical Music: The 50 Greatest Composers and Their 1,000 Greatest Works

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by Phil G. Goulding
     
 

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MAKE A SOUND INVESTMENT IN CLASSICAL MUSICWho 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

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MAKE A SOUND INVESTMENT IN CLASSICAL MUSICWho 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

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Library Journal
The dogmatic title of this book is enough to raise the hackles of any music lover. That's unfortunate, because this is a well-designed primer on music for the intelligent but uninformed listener of any age. At 63, Goulding, a Washington newspaper journalist who moved to high government and business posts in defense and oil, attempted to learn something about classical music. Amazingly, he found no helpful sources for the adult absolute beginner. Ten years later, he presents this book for those in the same quandary. The user-friendly format features charts, pictures, and sidebars, simple explanations of musical terms, and descriptions of instruments. The writing flows easily, and the text is readable and browsable. There is nothing new here, but Goulding has done his homework carefully and thoroughly. Recommended for the curious but illiterate music lover.-- Philippa Kiraly, Seattle

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307760463
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/16/2011
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
656
Sales rank:
702,622
File size:
4 MB

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Classical Music: The 50 Greatest Composers and Their 1,000 Greatest Works 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
ProfessorMS More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent primer, full of a comprehensive range of information about the best-known composers and the music they created. Something to learn for everyone.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book makes reading about classical music a joy instead of a chore. It's great to have all this information in one place.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In college, I took Intro to Music as my humanities elective. For this course, we used this book. It's a good book to read for your own enjoyment to learn more about classical composers, but it's not a good book for a college course. This book has helped me to learn more about composers and appreciate classical music more.