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As classical music guides go, this is one of my favourites. It's described as `hardcover' but is more `stiff paperback' like the other Eyewitness Companions in this series.

The book is produced in association with Classic FM, which is one of the main reasons it is so readable and yet informative. Classic FM, having spent more than a decade successfully popularizing classical music, have helped present the information in layman terms instead of the rather `dry' methods used by some authors.

Divided into ten main sections, with a foreword by Lady Solti (of the late Sir Georg Solti), the book is on quality paper with numerous colour illustrations and photographs.

The contents are briefly as follows:

THE ELEMENTS OF CLASSICAL MUSIC (7 pages) - a very brief intro to the basics of classical music.

CLASSICAL MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS (11 pages) - a run down of the popular instruments of the orchestra.

CLASSICAL MUSIC IN PERFORMANCE (7 pages) - where and how classical music is performed.

EARLY MUSIC (29 pages) - from Middle Ages to Renaissance.

THE BAROQUE ERA (49 pages) - from 1600 to 1750.

THE CLASSICAL ERA (39 pages) - from 1750 to 1820.

THE ROMANTIC ERA (65 pages) - from 1810 to 1920.

THE ROMANTIC OPERA (39 pages) - opera from 1810 to 1920.

NATIONAL SCHOOLS (107 pages) - 1830 to 1950, an account of each composer from their respective country.

MODERN MUSIC (120 pages) - 1900 to the present, a large section covering the period variably described as `neo-classical', `modern classical or `minimalist'.

This book comfortably fills the gap between an all-to-brief `pocket guide' and an all-to-heavy encyclopedic `tome'. It is easily my first choice recommendation for the newcomer to classical music, while still offering an excellent read to the more knowledgeable classical music enthusiast.
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on 21 July 2014
The ultimate guide to classical music . Informative , enlightening and interesting . Many colorful pictures , illustrations and graphics. Recommended !
contents :
1.introduction : Basic terms and classical music instruments .
2.Classical music in early times [1000-1600] -middle ages and renaissance periods .
3.The baroque era [1600-1750]
4. The classical era [1750-1820]
5. The romantic era [1810-1920]
6. National schools [1830-1950]
7. Modern music [1900- ]
8. Glossary of classical music terms.
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on 27 June 2013
This book has everything. It's very detailed and well put together, I found it easy to dip in and out of rather than read cover to cover. I really enjoyed it and would recommend.
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on 1 July 2013
Great read! Really recommend it, you can dip in and out of it too. Good as a basic understanfing and knowledge of classical music.
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on 7 May 2016
I bought this second hand edition as a quick and convenient back-up for my Oxford Companion to Music which is large,heavy and comprehensive.
I find the smaller format easy to use with many cheerful facts on individual composers, pieces of music, brief descriptions of instruments and simple music theory.
I already had the DK Eyewitness Guide to Opera so the format was familiar to me and I would recommend this book as an introduction to classical music. The book is well illustrated in full colour and divided into easiliy referenced sections.

The copy arrived in good time in the condition stated by the vendor.
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on 24 July 2013
This is the 4th time I have bought this book................I keep giving mine away as I recommend to friends and students alike.
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on 4 May 2014
Very easy to use book, even though not comprehensive, covers the most vital information well. I like it and commend it.
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on 2 January 2013
I purchased this book for one of my Grandchildren who are starting to takr Music lessons, and I felt it would be a handy introduction into the subject and Instruments.
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on 26 November 2015
A very good book on its subject - DK books are always reliable and readable - prompt and efficient delivery
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on 26 November 2009
A nicely written book, with a short but useful introduction to each composers and different periods of music.
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