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Classical Music: A New Way of Listening: Includes CD with 70 minutes of music Paperback – 2 Oct 1995

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: De Agostini Editions; 1st edition (2 Oct. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1899883010
  • ISBN-13: 978-1899883011
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 19.4 x 2.2 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 889,198 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Simple and To the Point 7 May 2000
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Waugh has put together a beautiful book that describes what classical music is all about, with fine visual art to accompany the characteristics of the pieces/composers. Waugh is not a snob about classical music (and aptly describes the music snobs one may encounter). The only drawback is that the music excerpts are mostly quiet, pastoral pieces; wish he had put in more variety of classical works with thunder and lightening.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great way of introducing novice listeners to classical music 10 July 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book is excellent at introducing novice listeners to classical music. The essential difference to other books for new listeners is the author teaches the reader what to listen for. The reader doesn't need to have a prior musical background. There's no jargon to be overwhelmed by.

The accompanying CD has musical excerpts that demonstrate the author's point, which is really essential. You really understand what he's trying to tell you! None of the excerpts are very long, which makes it easy to flick from reading to listening and then back to reading again.

The design and layout of the book are superb. Lots of colour photos, diagrams make this book a pleasure to look at. The straightforward writing style, free of jargon, make this book an easy read, especially for people without musical training.

I surprised this book hasn't been re-printed. It's so good!
Perk up your senses! 11 Mar. 2013
By Yasuko Izu - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I've been meaning to dig into this book and naturally I did it tonight, when I was supposed to be doing so many other things. The book is beautiful and your eyes flow along with bite-sized pieces of information, all carefully and artistically laid out. Each paragraph is brief and pithy, inviting you to read on. I was excited about getting to the tracks. They are so well coupled with the text. As a previous reviewer said, Waugh tells you what to listen for and he chooses clear examples. It's nearly 1:30 a.m. and halfway through the book. Much as I wanted to press on, listening to Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture with Waugh's tutelage was so satisfying, I'll savor the rest of the book another day. I've heard the 1812 Overture many times and have been roused by its triumph. Only tonight did I follow and understand it to be about a Battle Russia won over France. In it Waugh pointed out the peasant's theme of pastoral calm with the French anthem crashing in and finally the military drums overshadowing the French anthem. I love the book and thank Waugh for enlightening me!
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