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The Vintage Guide to Classical Music [Paperback]

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15 Dec 1992 Vintage
The most readable and comprehensive guide to enjoying over five hundred years of classical music -- from Gregorian chants, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to Johannes Brahms, Igor Stravinsky, John Cage, and beyond.

The Vintage Guide to Classical Music is a lively -- and opinionated -- musical history and an insider's key to the personalities, epochs, and genres of the Western classical tradition. Among its features:
-- chronologically arranged essays on nearly 100 composers, from Guillaume de Machaut (ca. 1300-1377) to Aaron Copland (1900-1990), that combine biography with detailed analyses of the major works while assessing their role in the social, cultural, and political climate of their times;
-- informative sidebars that clarify broader topics such as melody, polyphony, atonality, and the impact of the early-music movement;
-- a glossary of musical terms, from a cappella to woodwinds;
-- a step-by-step guide to building a great classical music library.

Written with wit and a clarity that both musical experts and beginners can appreciate, The Vintage Guide to Classical Music is an invaluable source-book for music lovers everywhere.

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  • Paperback: 618 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Books; 1 edition (15 Dec 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679728058
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679728054
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 13.3 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 142,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic starting point 4 Jun 2001
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As a reader almost completely new to the world of classical music I have found this book indispensable. Inteligently written it covers, not just the main eras of classical music and the composers of each era - but also includes thoughtful little essays on melody and tone. At the end of the book is a list of recommended pieces by each composer which serves as a starting point for building a classical library
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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If you were/are looking towards buying 'Claasical Music For Dummies' buy this instead and keep '... For Dummies' on your wish List. This is superbly written in accessible and stylish prose which never makes the reader feel patronised. Taking you through the different periods of music it also introduces many composers you may have heard of and blends aspects of their lives and times with the music and school they became associated with. More importantly it places listening and enjoying music above knowing about it but soon convinces the reader that informed listening will only increase their pleasure and set them out on journeys towards yet more music, of different schools by different composers. But if you're set on buying the Dummies guide buy this as well (as Amazon might themselves say) This will stay closer to hand for years to come I promise you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Non-Stuffy Guide for Beginners 16 Mar 2008
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I bought this book quite some time ago now and regularly take it off the shelf to look something up. This is not a guide to recorded music but a great way to read about various composers and musical styles in roughly chronological order.

I would say that this book is the first choice beginners guide, and don't let either the modest price or self-effacing jacket put you off!

Written with a wry sense of humour, the author has helped me a great deal with my explorations over the last few years. Something of a twentieth-centry specialist, the author has, I believe, written a book about Brahms too.

A terrific bargain from "over the pond"!
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