Music for the People: The Pleasures and Pitfalls of Classical Music (Unabridged CD) Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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'Why do we love Gareth? Seriously, you have to ask?'
'One of the most strangely beguiling presences television has ever uncovered: impish but laconic, funny and yet still resolute, reserved but shameless, camp but dignified - and clearly a bloody good choirmaster.'
About The Choir:
'As profoundly a moving piece of television as has ever been made'
'The mystery at the heart of The Choir is Malone's charisma'
About the Author
Gareth Malone is a music animateur, singer, TV presenter and author. His BAFTA award-winning series The Choir re-ignited popular interest in classical music and received critical acclaim for inspiring so many to put their preconceptions to the side and to enjoy all that classical music has to offer. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music before joining the London Symphony Orchestra as Assistant Animateur, Conductor and Chorus-master. Gareth lives in London with his wife and daughter.
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'Music for the People' is an education by stealth; an inspiration and as an added extra, a chance to get to know this talented chap better, through a subject he is rapidly making his very own crusade. He talks about his evolution as a musician, the way he has come to love his recommendations; only a little personal info. He doesn't blow his own trumpet although he is quite entitled to do so; this is his unpretentious manner. There are no photos (shame!) beyond the rather crazy one on the front; just a straightforward chatty conversation between himself and reader. Gareth teaches and encourages in his recognisably individual voice. If you already know of him you can 'hear him speaking' throughout.Read more ›
Despite a long exposure to classical music (my wife and most of her family are "real" musicians, including professionals) that's not reflected in my upbringing. I must have been to hundreds of concerts and would have some idea of styles of a wide handful of composers. Too often, though, I've sat through playing totally unmoved by anything other than the pain seeping through my backside; willing a concert to finish, convinced that I'm simply neither clever nor experienced enough to understand, let alone enjoy, the music presented.
My listening has changed over the past few weeks. No longer does Radio 4 dominate, but I'm seeking out Radio 3 and following, relistening, referencing and sharing music. I'm working out why "modern" music isn't merely clever but worth listening to. Searching for different recordings of bizarre compositions.
So much for the effects on me... The book itself combines beautifully challenge and delight. Gareth certainly writes for the individual reader and delivers a trusting intimacy; as a good teacher he's drawing me along and the expectation of homework is easy to respect. Being told early on that not all music is supposed to be about quickly catchy tunes prepares the reader for the challenge of education. But what a skilled motivator.
I will not worry if this takes me years to read, or even if I never finish because I keep returning to prevous chapters to check out more music; already I've been taught how to enhance my listening pleasure beyond any appreciated potential. Like the music to which it refers, the book richly rewards efforts made.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A little light on substance. I was looking for something somewhat more sophisticated. I can't say that I learned very much.Published 1 month ago by SkyDiving
The book is a well written, informative, and non-intimidating introduction to classical music. Malone introduces the reader to classical music through a variety of approaches: he... Read morePublished 5 months ago by A. Campbell
Great introduction to classical music for both beginners and more advanced music lovers. Gareth's own love and commitment to music shines through in his writing, as in his TV... Read morePublished 11 months ago by David Weston
A user friendly guide to classical music, great if you want to know more.Published 11 months ago by Jenz