The more you know about classical music, the more you love it. Now, thanks to Classical Music For Dummies, you can achieve a whole new level of insight into both the composers and the compositions that have made classical music one of the great accomplishments of humankind.
Classical Music For Dummies doesn't assume that you have a degree in musicology or even that you took a course in music appreciation. Rather, the multimedially gifted David Pogue and renowned conductor Scott Speck explain classical music in terms you can understand, and they describe musical elements so that you can hear them for yourself.
A reference you can dip into at any point, Classical Music For Dummies covers such topics as
- The various forms that classical music takes from symphonies to string quartets
- What goes on behind the scenes and on stage to fill a concert hall with great classical music
- How to recognize, by sight and by sound, the many instruments that make up an orchestra
- The nuts and bolts of classical music from rhythm to harmonic progression
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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What People are Saying About This
"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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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!