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Classical Music For Dummies
     

Classical Music For Dummies

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by David Pogue, Scott Speck, Glenn Dicterow
 

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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

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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
Plus, Classical Music For Dummies comes complete with a CD containing over 60 minutes of masterpieces compiled especially for the book. The CD also includes a demo version of the Angel/EMI Classics For DummiesTM multimedia interface to try out on your Windows-based PC or Macintosh computer.

Product Details

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)

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From the Publisher
"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

Meet 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.

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Classical Music For Dummies 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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!