Classical Music: The 50 Greatest Composers and Their 1,000 Greatest Works

Classical Music: The 50 Greatest Composers and Their 1,000 Greatest Works

by Phil G. Goulding, Phil G. Gooding
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Classical Music: The 50 Greatest Composers and Their 1,000 Greatest Works by Phil G. Goulding, Phil G. Gooding

Who are the ten most important classical composers? Who in the world was Palestrina? Why did Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring" cause a riot? Which five of each important composer's works should you buy? What is a concerto and how does it differ from a sonata?
Maybe you don't know the answers to these questions; author Phil Goulding certainly didn't. When Goulding first tried to learn about classical music, he found himself buried in an avalanche of technical terms and complicated jargon--so he decided to write the book he couldn't find.
The result is a complete classical music education in one volume. Comprehensive, discriminating, and delightfully irreverent, Classical Music provides such essential information as:
* Rankings of the top 50 composers (Bach is #1. Borodin is #50)
* A detailed and anecdotal look at each composer's life and work
* The five primary works of each composer and specific recommended CDs for each.
* Further great works of each composer--if you really like him
* Concise explanations of musical terminology, forms, and periods
* A guide to the parts and history of the symphony orchestra
"This book uses every conceivable gimmick to immerse readers in the richness of classical music: lists, rankings, sidebars devoted to lively anecdotes, and catchy leads."
--The Washington Post
"One terrific music appreciation book...The information is surprisingly detailed but concisely presented. Goulding's writing style is breezy yet mature....[He] has raised music appreciation from a racket to a service."
--The Arizona Daily Star

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780449910429
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/28/1995
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 656
Sales rank: 530,379
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Phil G. Goulding was born in San Francisco in 1921, grew up in Cleveland, attended Hamilton College in upstate New York, and spent World War II in the Navy. He has lived in Washington, D.C., since 1950 as a newspaper reporter, an assistant secretary of defense, and a petroleum industry executive. He wrote Confirm or Deny, a book about the Pentagon, the press, and the public. With his wife, Miriam, he now divides his time between Washington and a Chateaugay Lake cabin in the Adirondacks.

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Classical Music: The 50 Greatest Composers and Their 1,000 Greatest Works 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
ProfessorMS More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent primer, full of a comprehensive range of information about the best-known composers and the music they created. Something to learn for everyone.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book makes reading about classical music a joy instead of a chore. It's great to have all this information in one place.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In college, I took Intro to Music as my humanities elective. For this course, we used this book. It's a good book to read for your own enjoyment to learn more about classical composers, but it's not a good book for a college course. This book has helped me to learn more about composers and appreciate classical music more.