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The Classical Music Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained Hardcover – 6 Sep 2018
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It really is a fantastic book. (Steve Wright BBC Radio 2)
An engaging and informative read. (BBC Music Magazine)
If you enjoy classical music and want to know more, The Classical Music Book is for you. (People's Friend)
About the Author
Katie Derham (spokesperson) is a presenter on BBC Radio 3 and one of the station's best known voices, having presented Afternoons on 3 and more recently taking on the mantle of drive-time programme In Tune, fronting the show on rotation with Sean Rafferty. Other Radio 3 credits include Sound of Dance on Saturday afternoons. She has also been the face of the BBC Proms since 2010 and hosts the weekly magazine show Proms Extra every Saturday on BBC2 during the season. Katie spent the first 15 years of her broadcasting career in news and current affairs, first at the BBC then as ITV's youngest ever newsreader. She also fronts television documentaries, most recently presenting The Girl from Ipanema: Brazil, Bossa Nova and the Beach for the BBC. She was the host of All Together Now: The Great Orchestra Challenge for BBC4, and Fine Tuned in 2016 and 2017, in which she discussed music with Alexander Armstrong alongside exclusive performances from his latest album. In 2015 Katie was a finalist on Strictly Come Dancing, and also won the Christmas Special in 2017.
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Why though, the greatest Romantic composer of 19 century, Anton Bruckner, only mentioned in one brief paragraph.
The book needs improving
After an illuminating introduction there are sections on Early Music(1000-1400); Renaissance(1400-1600); Baroque(1600-1750); Classical(1750-1820); Romantic(1810-1920); Nationalism(1830-1920); Modern(1900-1950) & Contemporary.
The book concludes with a Directory giving brief outlines of lesser-known classical composers and a Glossary of classical terms.
'The Classical Music Book' is a fascinating and clearly written overview of an often intimidating field which should appeal to anyone wishing to explore this vast musical universe.