The Vintage Guide to Classical Music: An Indispensable Guide for Understanding and Enjoying Classical Music

The Vintage Guide to Classical Music

An Indispensable Guide for Understanding and Enjoying Classical Music

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ISBN10: 0679728058 ISBN13: 9780679728054 Publisher: Vintage Books Published: Dec 1 1993 Pages: 597 Weight: 1.25lbs. Height: 8.00" Width: 5.25" Depth: 1.25" Edition: 1st Edition Language: English

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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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