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Classical Music for Dummies (For Dummies)
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The more you know about classical music, the more you love it. Now, thanks to Classical Music For Dummies, you can achieve a whole new level of insight into both the composers and the compositions that have made classical music one of the great accomplishments of humankind.
Classical Music For Dummies doesn't assume that you have a degree in musicology — or even that you took a course in music appreciation. Rather, the multimedially gifted David Pogue and renowned conductor Scott Speck explain classical music in terms you can understand, and they describe musical elements so that you can hear them for yourself.
A reference you can dip into at any point, Classical Music For Dummies covers such topics as
This guide provides an insight into what makes classical music sound the way it does, by discussing musical eras, scores, instruments and other important background information. It contains tips on how to discover music readers will enjoy most and advice on building a classical music library.
Features tips on how to start a classical music collection
Discover how much fun classical music can be!
Are you baffled by Bach? Bewildered by Beethoven? Befuddled by Brahms? Relax! This friendly, funny, easy-to-understand guide gives you the score on composers, instruments, orchestras, concerts, recordings, and more and shows you just how enjoyable and rewarding classical music can be.
More than 60 minutes of music, including excerpts from Bachs Well Tempered Clavier
Beethovens Symphony No. 5 Brahmss Symphony No. 4 Tchaikovskys Symphony No. 6 Stravinskys The Rite of Spring, and more from recordings by Ian Hobson, pianist and conductor, Sinfonia da Camera and Sinfonia Varsovia
Plus MP3 versions of the excerpts you can play on your PC, Mac, or portable player
Discover how to:
About the Author
David Pogue studied music at Yale and has been a conductor on Broadway. He is a bestselling author and New York Times columnist.
Scott Speck, an award-winning music director and conductor, has led symphony orchestras from coast to coast and around the world.
Table of Contents
Part I: Welcome to the Classics.
Chapter 1: Prying Open the Classical Music Oyster.
Chapter 2: The Entire History of Music in 80 Pages.
Chapter 3: How to Spot a Sonata.
Part II: Listen Up!
Chapter 4: Dave 'n' Scott's E-Z Concert Survival Guide.
Chapter 5: A Spin through Your Free CD.
Part III: A Field Guide to the Orchestra.
Chapter 6: Keyboards & Co.
Chapter 7: Strings Attached.
Chapter 8: Gone with the Woodwinds.
Chapter 9: The Top (And Bottom) Brass.
Chapter 10: Percussion's Greatest Hits.
Part IV: Backstage in the Composer's Brain.
Chapter 11: The Dreaded Music Theory Chapter.
Chapter 12: Once More, with Feeling: Tempo, Dynamics, and Orchestration.
Part V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 13: The Ten Most Common Misconceptions about Classical Music.
Chapter 14: The Ten Best Musical Terms for Cocktail Parties.
Chapter 15: Ten Great Chamber Music Pieces.
Chapter 16: Ten Great Classical Music Jokes.
Chapter 17: Ten Ways to Go Beyond This Book.
Part VI: Appendixes.
Appendix A: Starting a Classical Music Collection.
List 1: Old Favorites.
List 2: MILD on the Taste Meter.
List 3: MEDIUM on the Taste Meter.
List 4: MEDIUM HOT on the Taste Meter.
List 5: HOT on the Taste Meter.
Appendix B: Classical Music Timeline.
Appendix C: Glossary
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