The Vintage Guide to Classical Music

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The most readable and comprehensive guide to enjoying over five hundred years of classical music -- from Gregorian chants, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to Johannes Brahms, Igor Stravinsky, John Cage, and beyond.

The Vintage Guide to Classical Music is a lively -- and opinionated -- musical history and an insider's key to the personalities, epochs, and genres of the Western classical tradition. Among its features:
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Overview

The most readable and comprehensive guide to enjoying over five hundred years of classical music -- from Gregorian chants, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to Johannes Brahms, Igor Stravinsky, John Cage, and beyond.

The Vintage Guide to Classical Music is a lively -- and opinionated -- musical history and an insider's key to the personalities, epochs, and genres of the Western classical tradition. Among its features:
-- chronologically arranged essays on nearly 100 composers, from Guillaume de Machaut (ca. 1300-1377) to Aaron Copland (1900-1990), that combine biography with detailed analyses of the major works while assessing their role in the social, cultural, and political climate of their times;
-- informative sidebars that clarify broader topics such as melody, polyphony, atonality, and the impact of the early-music movement;
-- a glossary of musical terms, from a cappella to woodwinds;
-- a step-by-step guide to building a great classical music library.

Written with wit and a clarity that both musical experts and beginners can appreciate, The Vintage Guide to Classical Music is an invaluable source-book for music lovers everywhere.

At once a lively musical history and an informed insider's key to personalities, epochs, and genres of the Western classical tradition, The Vintage Guide to Classical Music features chronologically arranged essays on composers and their works; a glossary of musical terms; and a complete appendix. Jan Swafford is a classical composer and writer. 100 illustrations.

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This useful guide includes a comprehensive history of music, essays on nearly 100 composers, a complete glossary of musical terms, a guide to building a classical music library, and an exploration of important themes such as tonality, atonality, and the history of the early-music movement.
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Features chronologically arranged essays on some 100 composers--their lives, work, and times; sidebars clarifying topics such as melody, polyphony, atonality, and the impact of the early-music movements; a glossary of musical terms; and a guide to building a classical music library. Written with wit and clarity. Illustrated (in b&w) with photos and paintings. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679728054
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/28/1992
  • Series: Vintage Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 624
  • Sales rank: 198,282
  • Product dimensions: 5.24 (w) x 7.94 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Composer and writer Jan Swafford received degrees from Harvard and the Yale School of Music; his work has been played throughout the United States and abroad. Among his awards are an NEA Composers Grant, a Tanglewood Fellowship and a Mellon Faculty Fellowship at Harvard.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2000

    A basic primer of classical music

    If you read this book you will never find it necessary to read the liner notes regarding the composers of the basic repotore of classical music that are typically included with most CD's. I found the section at the end of the book entitled 'A Classical Library' an excellent chronological listing of Composers and their works extremely valuable in building my CD collection of classical music. Although no specific CD's are recommended you'll have an excellent collection of the finest music ever composed if you follow this list as a basis for your collection.

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