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    Classical Music
    The 50 Greatest Composers and Their 1,000 Greatest Works

    by Phil G. Goulding

    Classical Music ~ Click Here

    • Genres: music, reference, history, art, biography
    • Release date: October 17, 1995
    • ISBN: 9780449910429 (0449910423)
    • Format: paperback, 656 pages
    • Language: english
    • Author: Phil G. Goulding
    • Publisher: Ballantine Books

    About The Book


    Who are the ten most important classical composers? Who in the world was Palestrina? Why did Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” cause a riot? Which five of each important composer’s works should you buy? What is a concerto and how does it differ from a sonata?

    Maybe you don’t know the answers to these questions; author Phil Goulding certainly didn’t. When Goulding first tried to learn about classical music, he found himself buried in an avalanche of technical terms and complicated jargon — so he decided to write the book he couldn’t find.

    The result is a complete classical music education in one volume. Comprehensive, discriminating, and delightfully irreverent, Classical Music provides such essential information as:

    * Rankings of the top 50 composers (Bach is #1. Borodin is #50)

    * A detailed and anecdotal look at each composer’s life and work

    * The five primary works of each composer and specific recommended CDs for each.

    * Further great works of each composer — if you really like him

    * Concise explanations of musical terminology, forms, and periods

    * A guide to the parts and history of the symphony orchestra

    “This book uses every conceivable gimmick to immerse readers in the richness of classical music: lists, rankings, sidebars devoted to lively anecdotes, and catchy leads.”

    — The Washington Post

    “One terrific music appreciation book…The information is surprisingly detailed but concisely presented. Goulding’s writing style is breezy yet mature….[He] has raised music appreciation from a racket to a service.”

    — The Arizona Daily Star

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