What Makes It Great: Short Masterpieces, Great Composers [NOOK Book]

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Anyone who is familiar with the What Makes It Great? series—which airs on NPR's Performance Today at Lincoln Center as well as at other concert halls around North America—knows about Rob Kapilow's special gift for helping listeners of all kinds deepen their understanding and appreciation of classical music.

In this book, Kapilow focuses on short masterpieces by major composers to help you understand the essence of each composer's genius and how each piece—which can be seen as ...

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Overview

Anyone who is familiar with the What Makes It Great? series—which airs on NPR's Performance Today at Lincoln Center as well as at other concert halls around North America—knows about Rob Kapilow's special gift for helping listeners of all kinds deepen their understanding and appreciation of classical music.

In this book, Kapilow focuses on short masterpieces by major composers to help you understand the essence of each composer's genius and how each piece—which can be seen as well as heard on the book's companion website—transformed the musical language of its time. His down-to-earth approach makes these great pieces easy to grasp no matter what your musical background.

You'll explore the musical styles and genius of eighteen great classical composers, including Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Chopin, Puccini, Wagner, Dvoak, Tchaikovsky, Debussy, and more. You'll delve deeply into some of the most popular music from the classical repertoire, such as Vivaldi's "Spring" from The Four Seasons and Tchaikovsky's "Trepak" from The Nutcracker Suite. With Kapilow's guidance, you'll get to know each short piece measure by measure, phrase by phrase, and layer by layer, and gain a rich, in-depth understanding of its language and style.

As you listen to each composition, you'll discover how the piece is put together, what makes it great, and how it exemplifies the composer's style. This combination of close listening—via the easy-to-use website—and historical and musical context will not only foster a deep understanding of these pieces and composers, but also inform and enrich your experience when listening to classical music.

Whether you're a first-time listener, an experienced concertgoer, or a performing musician, What Makes It Great?, along with musical examples on the book's website (with a scrollbar that allows even those who don't read music to follow along), offers an invaluable point of entry into the world of some of Western music's greatest composers and a collection of individual masterpieces spanning almost two hundred years.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118058169
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 8/24/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • File size: 22 MB
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Meet the Author

Rob Kapilow is a composer, conductor, pianist, author, and music commentator. His What Makes It Great? programs, which began on NPR, have been developed into full-length concert evenings that are a mainstay of Lincoln Center's Great Performers series and are also presented on a recurring basis in Boston, Washington, D.C., and Kansas City, in California at Cerritos, and in Canada at the Toronto Symphony. They have also been turned into CD recordings and video podcasts. He appears regularly throughout the United States and Canada, both with What Makes It Great? and FamilyMusik, and has been featured in print and on television, including on NBC's Today show and Live from Lincoln Center on PBS. In 2008, his first book, All You Have to Do Is Listen, was selected as the Best Book in Music & the Performing Arts by the Association of American Publishers. In 2009, he was the subject of Summer Sun Winter Moon, a PBS documentary about his Lewis and Clark symphony in collaboration with a Blackfoot poet.
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Table of Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS v

HOW TO USE THE WEBSITE vi

INTRODUCTION

“To Know One Thing Well” 1

1 Antonio Vivaldi (1678–1741) 5

“Spring” (Movement 1) from The Four Seasons

2 Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750) 26

Invention No.1 from the Two-part Inventions

3 George Frideric Handel (1685–1759) 39

“Hallelujah Chorus” from Messiah

4 Franz Joseph Haydn (1732–1809) 59

String Quartet, Op.76, No. 1, Movement 3

5 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791) 73

“Dove Sono” from The Marriage of Figaro

6 Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827) 89

Waldstein Sonata, Movement 1

7 Franz Schubert (1797–1828) 117

“Erlkönig”

8 Frédéric Chopin (1810–1849) 140

A-Minor Mazurka, Op.17, No.4

9 Robert Schumann (1810–1856) 156

“Träumerei” from Kinderszenen

10 Franz Liszt (1811–1886) 166

Transcendental Étude in A Minor

11 Felix Mendelssohn (1809–1847) 182

Scherzo from the String Octet in E-flat Major, Op. 20

12 Richard Wagner (1813–1883) 206

Prelude to Tristan and Isolde

13 Giuseppe Verdi (1813–1901) 223

“De’ Miei Bollenti Spiriti” from La Traviata

14 Giacomo Puccini (1858–1924) 237

“Un Bel Di” from Madama Butterfly

15 Johannes Brahms (1833–1897) 249

A-Major Intermezzo, Op.118, No.2

16 Antonín Dvor?ák (1841–1904) 264

Slavonic Dance, Op.46, No.8

17 Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky (1840–1893) 283

“Trepak” from The Nutcracker Suite

18 Claude Debussy (1862–1918) 296

“Des Pas sur la Neige” from Preludes, Book I

GLOSSARY 307

INDEX 309

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