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The Complete Classical Music Guide

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A comprehensive and accessible guide to classical music and music theory, including styles, form, instruments, and more than 280 composer profiles.

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A comprehensive and accessible guide to classical music and music theory, including styles, form, instruments, and more than 280 composer profiles.

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Description

What makes Mozart's music so great? Why does a minor chord sound sad and a major chord sound happy? What's the difference between opera and operetta? From Bach to Bernstein, this definitive guide offers a complete survey of the history of classical music.

Whether you already love classical music or you're just beginning to explore it, The Complete Classical Music Guide invites you to discover the spirituality of Byrd's masses, the awesome power of Handel's Messiah, and the wonders of Wagner's operas, as well as hundreds more composers and their masterpieces. This guide takes you on a journey through more than 1,000 years, charting the evolution of musical instruments, styles, and genres. Biographies of major and lesser-known composers offer rich insights into their music and the historical and cultural contexts that influenced their genius.

The book explores the features that defined each musical era - from the ornate brilliance of the Baroque, through the drama of Romantic music, to contemporary genres such as minimalism and electronic music. Timelines, quotes, and colour photographs give a voice to this music and the exceptionally gifted individuals who created it. Covering both music history and the fundamental building blocks of music theory, The Complete Classical Music Guideexplains not just the who, what, and where of classical music, but the how and why.

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About the Author

John Burrows, OBE (foreword writer) is a concert promoter and organizer who has worked with many of the world's leading orchestras and artists, including Luciano Pavarotti, Leonard Bernstein, and Yehudi Menuhin. He established the Capital Radio Music Festivals and has been Director of the Classic FM Summer Music Festival. John is an Honorary Member of the Royal College of Music. He lives in Hampshire.

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Product Details

Publisher
Dorling Kindersley Ltd | DK
Published
7th November 2019
Pages
352
ISBN
9780241422984
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