Classical Music For Dummies

Classical Music For Dummies


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ISBN-13: 9780764550096
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 09/28/1997
Series: For Dummies Series
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

David Pogue studied music at Yale and has been a conductor on Broadway. He is a bestselling author and New York Times columnist.
Scott Speck, an award-winning music director and conductor, has led symphony orchestras from coast to coast and around the world.

Table of Contents




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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"This book is the perfect way to go from dummy to expert in classical music!" —André Watts, Pianist

"Classical Music For Dummies should be the first book for anyone ages 5-105. Anyone from layperson to first-year conservatory music student should crack open this wonderfully diverse and enriching look into the world of classical music. I wish this book had been part of my beginning curriculum." —Tiny Kniffen, Principal Tubist, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

" Classical Music For Dummies engages the reader with its flawless pacing, humor, and wit. It is a 'classic' in its own right" —Barry Bowlus, classical music enthusiast

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Classical Music For Dummies 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Joles on LibraryThing 21 days ago
All of the Dummies books are excellent and this is no exception. I love how it delves into depth, while also relating anecdotes and cartoons to hold the reader's attention. The CD is also excellent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!