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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Classical Music ...But Were Too Afraid to Ask (Classic FM) Hardcover – 26 Apr 2012

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Elliott & Thompson (26 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907642498
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907642494
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 15 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Drawing from their vast experience in making classical music available, Mssrs. Henley and Jackson have crafted a thoroughly enjoyable work that is of value both to the newcomer to classical music as well as the more seasoned aficionado. They approach the subject with both a love of music and a strong awareness of the reluctance many people have to become involved with this musical form ... a relaxed, informative, and eminently enjoyable introduction to the field of classical music.' ---- Donald F Calbreath, New York Journal of Books

About the Author

Darren Henley is Managing Director of Classic FM, the UK's most popular classical music radio station with over six million weekly listeners. He is also the author of many books on music, including the Sunday Times-bestselling 'The Classic FM Hall of Fame' and two audio books for children, one of which was nominated for a Grammy award in 2005. Sam Jackson is Managing Editor, responsible for the radio station's on-air output. He is co-author of 'The Classic FM Hall of Fame'.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Czol on 14 Jun. 2013
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Loved this book & found it very informative as a handy guide. No, it doesn't cover absolutely everything, & some people will quibble over what was included vs what was left out, but it's not supposed to be an exhaustive guide - more a beginner's primer to impart the basic & inspire further investigation.

One small annoyance though is that there were occasional links to a special section of the Classic FM website set up associated with the book, with download links & more info, & this no longer exists. I understand that eventually webpages will be considered outdated & no longer necessary, but it's only been a year since the book was first published - surely a little soon to retire resources?
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By JEllis on 20 Jun. 2012
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Having dabbled, bought Cds, gone to concerts and listened to Classical FM as quite a novice to classical music but throughly captivated by it this book was a really good way to get a bit deeper and gain further background and understanding. Even for me some parts were more basic than I expected but overall I found it a good read and well worth the outlay.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Laure on 6 Aug. 2012
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To the question:'Should any novice interested in classical music purchase this book?' the answer would be a definite 'Yes'. A great deal of concise information is included in this quick reference book even if a lot more is missing. We are not talking about digesting an encyclopedia here: reading this book is like using a road map i.e. spotting landmarks at a glance without wasting time on the tourist sites to visit. This type of information can be gleaned later at a leisurely pace and as the mood takes you. Overall, a great enjoyable acquisition, which will undoubtedly lead me to many more relating to the diving realm of classical music.
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Brilliant book bought for my son-in-law. He now listens to classic fm and understands more about the words and information that is spoken about.

Easy to read, good reference book and lots of very intesting facts about the composers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S M Fowler on 12 Jun. 2013
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A well written book entirely suitable for someone like me who enjoys a limited range of classical music but knew little of its history and less about terms used in discussing it. I particularly liked the recommended listening under each composer listed and will certainly try to listen to many of these recommendations. Ideally, I would have liked a little more on technical terms and a little less on suggested venues - a section I did not find so useful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jim on 22 Jun. 2013
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This is a book that is what it says it is but in my opinion not a book for people who play or have studied music. A good informative book for the uninformed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dawn Cutland on 17 Jun. 2013
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It does what it says in the title and advertising material. It explains the ABC of classical music concisely but in an interesting style. I enjoyed it as well as finding it interesting and helpful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barry Cade on 14 Jun. 2013
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I am a recent convert to Classical FM radio. The book is just what I needed to help understand classical music rather than just listen to it.
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