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A Guide to Orchestral Music: The Handbook for Non-Musicians / Edition 1

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Relaxed and accessible in style, this authoritative guide is the first symphony handbook for non-musicians. The book begins with a general introduction to the symphony and short pieces on the orchestra and musical styles. Mordden goes on to describe, chronologically, over 700 pieces—from Vivaldi to twentieth-century composers. Further aids to the reader include two lists of repertory builders and a glossary of musical terms.
"Easy and pleasurable to read...a genuinely useful guide for the music lover who has not had a musical education but loves concert music."—John Barkham Reviews

"The text is not only easy to read, but it is enlightening on form, style, and other essentials... ."--John Barkham Reviews.

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"The text is not only easy to read, but it is enlightening on form, style, and other essentials that will stimulate the attentive reader into a better grasp of what the composer intended to express and how well he expressed it. This is a genuinely useful guide for the music lover who has not had a musical education but loves concert music."—John Barkham Reviews
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195040418
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/28/1986
  • Series: Oxford Paperback Reference Series
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 592
  • Sales rank: 1,266,473
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 5.31 (h) x 1.15 (d)

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