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The Vintage Guide to Classical Music

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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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Features chronologically arranged essays on some 100 composers--their lives, work, and times; sidebars clarifying topics such as melody, polyphony, atonality, and the impact of the early-music movements; a glossary of musical terms; and a guide to building a classical music library. Written with wit and clarity. Illustrated (in b&w) with photos and paintings.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 559-561) and index.

About the Author

Composer and writer Jan Swafford received degrees from Harvard and the Yale School of Music; his work has been played throughout the United States and abroad. Among his awards are an NEA Composers Grant, a Tanglewood Fellowship and a Mellon Faculty Fellowship at Harvard.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780679728054
Author:
Swafford, Jan
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Subject:
History and criticism
Subject:
Music
Subject:
Classical
Subject:
Appreciation
Subject:
Music appreciation
Subject:
Music -- History and criticism.
Subject:
History & Criticism - General
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Classical
Subject:
Music - Classical
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Series Volume:
798-D
Publication Date:
19921231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
624
Dimensions:
8.05x5.22x1.24 in. 1.27 lbs.

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