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The Story of Music

The Story of Music [Kindle Edition]

Howard Goodall
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"A lively zip through some 45 milennia" -- Christopher Hart Sunday Times "Goodall is an engaging and erudite guide and this work is both accessible and illuminating" -- Caroline Jowett Daily Express "Great length but still leavened with lively wit" -- Sameer Rahim Telegraph "[Goodall] knows his stuff, and tells it well" -- Nicholas Lezard Guardian "Highly knowledgeable, and a brilliant communicator, Goodall has an infectious enthusiasm and is genuinely respectful of all forms of music" Good Book Guide

Book Description

Published to accompany Howard Goodall's major new BBC TV series, this is an accessible history for all music lovers

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6375 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (10 Jan 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #47,957 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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43 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathless 25 Jan 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
"We press 'play' and a million styles, sounds, aural colours, echoes and voices breeze in towards us as if at an opened window. We are like children with a thousand games at our fingertips. We have, at last, reached a point where there are no right or wrong decisions about what music we may or may not enjoy - just one gratifyingly simple instruction: 'play'".

So ends Howard Goodall's breathless account of 42,000 years of music in 324 pages.

I love music - I have hundreds of CDs by hundreds of artists from Dolly (Parton, ofcourse) to Dvorak to Dizzie Gillespie. It is one of the most important things in my life, but I can't read music, have no formal 'appreciation' skills, I can't (so I've been told) even sing in tune: I just know what I like. And that is music which moves me. And all good music does.

However, there comes a point when you want to know how the story of music hangs together. You want to know why certain sounds and rhythms affect you and how we got to a point where Emile Sande, Dizzee Rascal and Elgar's Nimrod among other musical forms can sit happily on the same bill as they did at the opening ceremony of the London Olympics in the summer of 2012.

I think Howard has done this in spades and at just the right pitch (all puns intended). He has clearly picked me as his audience and is determined to give me the whole story, with just enough theory to stretch me and plenty of modern examples of form and melody to let me get his point even without the luxury of an accompanying CD or TV programme. For example, "Syncopation is LIKE talkING with THE emPHAsis on THE wrong words TO creATE a jerKY sound." He uses well known tracks by Adele and Beyonce to illustrate how this works and why it's important.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read 9 Oct 2013
Ideal for study or pure pleasure. One can read this or just dip in and out. Ideal present for the music lover or for someone who is studying music.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Quality History of Music 18 Mar 2014
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A first class book well researched, accurate and presented in a very easily readable manner.
I would recommend it to anyone interested in this fascinating subject
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 2 Mar 2014
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Those who are familiar with Howard Goodall's TV programmes will fill will be delighted with this engaging amusing and unstuffy analysis of how music of all charities has evvolved
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting 9 Feb 2014
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My son is studying A Level music so we bought him this for Christmas. He is finding it very interesting and would recommend it to others.
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As a very late comer to music , I am enjoying this book and learning something new each time I pick it up. Very good for anyone who wants an overview of the subject.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read... 9 May 2014
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Just brilliant. As a non-specialist I found it one of the most lucid histories of music I've come across. Really enjoying it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book 22 April 2014
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This is an excellent book. I found it very informative and clear. It explains how music has evolved throughout the ages..
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