The Rough Guide to Classical Music: The A-Z of Composers, Key Works and Top Recordings

The Rough Guide to Classical Music: The A-Z of Composers, Key Works and Top Recordings




This expanded and completely revised fourth edition is a unique handbook, spanning a thousand years of music from Gregorian chant via Bach and Beethoven to current leading lights such as Thomas Adès and Kaija Saariaho.

There are concise biographical profiles of more than 200 composers and informative summaries of the major compositions in all genres, from chamber works to operatic epics. Topics such as the influence of jazz, notation, conducting, the madrigal, and why Stradivarius made such great violins are covered fully in feature boxes. The Rough Guide has been praised for its mix of well-known composers with more obscure, but interesting, figures (like Antoine Brumel and Barbara Strozzi), and for the way it takes contemporary music seriously.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781843532477
Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 08/29/2005
Series: Rough Guide Reference Series
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 656
Product dimensions: 6.68(w) x 9.22(h) x 1.35(d)
Age Range: 18 - 17 Years

About the Author

Rough Guides are written by expert authors who are passionate about both writing and travel. They have detailed knowledge of the areas they write about—having either traveled extensively or lived there—and their expertise shines through on every page. It's priceless information, delivered with wit and insight, providing the down-to-earth, honest read that is the hallmark of Rough Guides.

Table of Contents

Chronology of composersx
John Adams1
Thomas Ades4
Isaac Albeniz6
Tomaso Albinoni8
Gregorio Allegri9
Louis Andriessen10
Malcolm Arnold12
Grazyna Bacewicz14
C.P.E. Bach16
J.S. Bach18
Samuel Barber33
Agustin Pio Barrios35
Bela Bartok37
Arnold Bax42
Ludwig van Beethoven46
Vincenzo Bellini64
George Benjamin66
Alban Berg68
Luciano Berio72
Hector Berlioz75
Leonard Bernstein79
Heinrich Biber80
Harrison Birtwistle82
Georges Bizet84
Luigi Boccherini85
Alexander Borodin87
Lili Boulanger89
Pierre Boulez90
Johannes Brahms94
Benjamin Britten103
Max Bruch109
Anton Bruckner111
Antoine Brumel119
Ferruccio Busoni120
Dietrich Buxtehude122
William Byrd124
John Cage127
Marie-Joseph Canteloube128
Giacomo Carissimi129
Elliott Carter130
Francesco Cavalli132
Emmanuel Chabrier134
Marc-Antoine Charpentier135
Frederic Chopin137
Muzio Clementi142
Aaron Copland143
Archangelo Corelli147
Francois Couperin149
Luigi Dallapiccola151
Claude Debussy152
Leo Delibes158
Frederick Delius159
Gaetano Donizetti161
John Dowland163
Guillaume Dufay165
Paul Dukas166
John Dunstable167
Henri Duparc168
Maurice Durufle170
Henri Dutilleux172
Antonin Dvorak173
Hanns Eisler180
Edward Elgar181
Manuel de Falla187
Gabriel Faure190
Morton Feldman192
Cesar Franck193
Giovanni Gabrieli196
Roberto Gerhard197
George Gershwin199
Carlo Gesualdo202
Orlando Gibbons204
Umberto Giordano206
Philip Glass207
Alexander Glazunov209
Mikhail Glinka210
Christoph Willibald Gluck212
Henryk Gorecki213
Charles Francois Gounod215
Percy Grainger216
Enrique Granados218
Edvard Grieg220
Sofia Gubaidulina223
George Frideric Handel226
Karl Amadeus Hartmann235
Jonathan Harvey237
Joseph Haydn239
Hans Werner Henze248
Hildegard of Bingen250
Paul Hindemith253
Gustav Holst257
Arthur Honegger258
Johann Nepomuck Hummel260
Engelbert Humperdinck262
Charles Ives263
Leos Janacek266
Josquin Desprez270
Mauricio Kagel272
Aram Khachaturian274
Oliver Knussen275
Zoltan Kodaly277
Erich Wolfgang Korngold279
Gyorgy Kurtag283
Francesco Landini286
Roland de Lassus287
William Lawes288
Franz Lehar291
Ruggero Leoncavallo292
Gyorgy Ligeti293
Magnus Lindberg297
Franz Liszt298
Jean-Baptiste Lully303
Witold Lutoslawski304
Elisabeth Lutyens307
Guillaume de Machaut309
James MacMillan311
Elizabeth Maconchy313
Gustav Mahler315
Frank Martin323
Bohuslav Martinu325
Pietro Mascagni327
Jules Massenet328
Nicholas Maw330
Peter Maxwell Davies332
Felix Mendelssohn334
Olivier Messiaen339
Darius Mihaud343
Claudio Monteverdi345
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart350
Tristan Murail364
Modest Mussorgsky360
Conlon Nancarrow370
Carl Nielsen372
Luigi Nono375
Michael Nyman378
Johannes Ockeghem380
Jacques Offenbach382
Carl Orff383
Johann Pachelbel385
Nicolo Paganini386
Giovanni da Palestrina389
Hubert Parry391
Arvo Part392
Krzysztof Penderecki394
Giovanni Battista Pergolesi396
Francis Poulenc400
Michael Praetorius404
Sergey Prokofiev408
Giacomo Puccini415
Henry Purcell418
Sergey Rachmaninov424
Jean-Philippe Rameau429
Einojuhani Rautavaara431
Maurice Ravel433
Max Reger438
Steve Reich439
Ottorino Respighi441
Wolfgang Rihm442
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov444
Joaquin Rodrigo447
Gioacchino Rossini448
Poul Ruders451
Kaija Saariaho453
Camille Saint-Saens455
Erik Satie457
Alessandro Scarlatti459
Domenico Scarlatti460
Giacinto Scelsi462
Alfred Schnittke464
Arnold Schoenberg466
Franz Schreker473
Franz Schubert474
Robert Schumann486
Heinrich Schutz496
Alexander Scriabin497
Dmitri Shostakovich500
Jean Sibelius508
Bedrich Smetana514
Ethel Smyth516
Karlheinz Stockhausen518
Alessandro Stradella522
The Strauss family523
Richard Strauss525
Igor Stravinsky532
Barbara Strozzi540
Josef Suk543
Arthur Sullivan544
Karol Szymanowski545
Toru Takemitsu549
Thomas Tallis551
Giuseppe Tartini554
John Tavener557
John Taverner558
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky559
Georg Philipp Telemann568
Michael Tippett569
Michael Torke572
Mark-Anthony Turnage575
Viktor Ullmann577
Edgard Varese579
Ralph Vaughan Williams580
Giuseppe Verdi586
Tomas Luis de Victoria591
Heitor Villa-Lobos592
Antonio Vivaldi594
Richard Wagner599
William Walton606
Carl Maria von Weber609
Anton Webern610
Kurt Weill613
Judith Weir616
Silvius Leopold Weiss617
Hugo Wolf619
Iannis Xenakis621
Alexander Zemlinsky623
Feature Boxes
Tuning and Temperament27
What is a Fugue?31
Sonatas and Sonata Form59
Famous First Words113
The Bruckner "Versions" Problem115
Rivals at the Piano138
The Madrigal History Tour203
Gregorian Chant251
Expressionism and After254
Composers at the Movies281
Consort Musick289
Troubadours and Trouveres210
The Cult of the Conductor316
The Ondes Martinot341
The Birth of Opera347
Total Serialism and the Darmstadt School376
The Rise of the Virtuoso388
Jean Cocteau and Les Six403
Luther and Music405
St Cecilia - Patron Saint of Music422
Development of the Keyboard461
The Crisis of Tonality468
Clara Schumann487
Romanticism and the Austro-German Tradition491
Electronic Music - The First 70 Years521
Music and the Third Reich526
Diaghilev and the Russian Ballet535
Concerto di Donne541
The English Reformation552
There is nothing like a Strad541
Postmodernism and After574
The Concerto595
The Leitmotif601
The Strange Case of August Bungert603

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