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4.0 out of 5 stars good and helpful, 5 Nov 2011
I don't like to slight my alma mater, but the Cambridge Companions to this and that are not by any means always good. Of the ones I know, those about philosophers tend to be OK but the literary ones often prove as dull as a drain and thoroughly unhelpful. This is the first Companion I've read in the musical series. I found it good.

As the literary bods would do well to remember, a 'Companion' should be a reliable guide - a good, extended, straight-down-the-middle encyclopaedia kind of thing, with handy lists, and sensible divisions of things into sections, steering beginners through complex things and reminding others of things they've forgotten or may have missed. Grove, Dent, and the new Faber Pocket Guides do it for composers - the latter often with quite a bit of fizz (what were the makes of the various cars owned by Benjamin Britten? Bridcut's Faber guide will tell you). This Schubert Companion is not so fly. But it's good solid stuff, with good coverage, sensible comments, and a reasonable supply of musical examples. The Thames will not be set on fire, but the Cam may run a little warmer than it did.
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