The Complete Idiot's Guide to Classical Music

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Classical Music

by Robert Sherman, Philip Seldon


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ISBN-13: 9780028616346
Publisher: Alpha Books
Publication date: 06/20/1997
Series: Complete Idiot's Guide Series
Edition description: REV
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.98(d)

Table of Contents

Part 1: Overture 1(38)
If You Know Nothing About Classical Music, Start Here..
A road map to the musical treats that await
Where Do You Find Classical Music?
From church to concert hall, big screen movies to home TV, classical music is all around you
How Do You Listen to Classical Music?
Feeling the spirit: sharing the emotional expression of the composer
What is Concert Hall Etiquette?
Emily Post at the concert hall
Part 2: The Sound of Music 39(34)
What Are the Basic Elements of Classical Music?
Building blocks of the classical skyscrapers
What Are the Instrumental Sounds of Music?
From lute to flute, every instrument has its own special character
How Can I Tell the Singers Apart Without a Program?
From sopranos to tenors, the most basic sound is the human voice
Part 3: Orchestra, My Kingdom for an Orchestra 73(70)
What Is an Orchestra?
Roll call of the symphony orchestra
How Does the Instrumental Garden Grow?
Duos, trios, quartets, and more
What About All the Other Instruments?
Symphonic visitors: the piano, folk instruments, and electronics
Musicians Are People, Too: The Makers of Music
The stories of the composers who create classical music and the virtuosos who bring it to life
More Makers of Music: Bows and Batons Department
More composers and virtuosos
Part 4: So Tell Me About Classical Music 143(108)
Understanding Those Scary Music Terms
What all those funny Italian words really mean
Go for Baroque
Music of the Baroque period, Bach, Handel, and friends
Roll Over Beethoven: The Classical Composers
Music of the Classical period, Haydn, Mozart, and Ludwig van
Say You Want a Revolution: The Romantic Era
Poetry and passion in 19th century music
Grooving to the Classics in the 20th Century
Desperately seeking Stravinsky, plus Mahler, and other musical explorers
The 20th Century Mainstream and Beyond
The musical way we are: Gershwin, Copland, Adams, and onward
Part 5: The Vocal Chord 251(96)
Singing in the (Vocal) Reign
Strolling down the vocal Hall of Fame
It's Not Over Till the Fat Lady Sings
Opera's most famous composers, Rossini, Bellini, Puccini, and some non-Italians too
Those Dirty Plots and Plans: Dramatic Opera
Life through death at the opera house
Comedy in the Buff-a
It's okay to laugh at the opera, sometimes
Richard Wagner---En Route to Valhalla
The master of musical drama and dramatic music
Let Us Pray
Musical testaments of faith
Appendix A: Building Your Record Collection 347(12)
A starter's list of must-haves
Appendix B: Singers You Will Want to Know 359(6)
Don't embarrass yourself in conversation---familiarize yourself with some of these names
Appendix C: Musicians You Will Want to Know 365(6)
You're looking through a concert program and suddenly, lo and behold, you're starting to recognize a name here and there
Appendix D: Conductors You Will Want to Know 371(6)
These charismatic characters love to wildly wave their arms and shake a big stick---with this appendix you'll know them when you see or read about them
Appendix E: Music Words 377(6)
Simple, concise definitions of terminology
Index 383

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