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Learn the basic core concepts of classical music with this For Dummies guide. This book offers a bullet-point overview of different styles of classical music, the history of music, classical concerts, sections of instruments, and more. 364 indexed pages, softcover.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 384
Vendor: For Dummies
Publication Date: 2015
ISBN: 111904975X
ISBN-13: 9781119049753

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Haydn, Tchaikovsky, and Brahms, oh, my! The beginner's guide to classical music

Classical Music For Dummies is a friendly, funny, easy-to-understand guide to composers, instruments, orchestras, concerts, recordings, and more. Classical music is widely considered one of the pinnacles of human achievement, and this informative guide will shows you just how beautiful and rewarding it can be. You'll learn how Bach is different from Beethoven, how Mozart is different still, and why not all "classical" music is actually Classical if it's really Baroque or Romantic. You'll be introduced to the composers and their work, and discover the groundbreaking pieces that shake the world every time they're played. Begin building your classical music library with the essential recordings that define orchestral, choral, and operatic beauty as you get acquainted with the orchestras and musicians that bring the composers to life.

Whether you want to play classical music or just learn more about it, Classical Music For Dummies will teach you everything you need to know to get the most out of this increasingly popular genre.

  • Distinguish flute from piccolo, violin from viola, and trumpet from trombone
  • Learn the difference between overtures, requiems, arias, and masses
  • Explore the composers that shaped music as we know it
  • Discover the recordings your music library cannot be without

Classical music has begun sneaking into the mainstream — if your interest has been piqued, there's never been a better time to develop an appreciation for this incredibly rich, complex, and varied body of work. Classical Music For Dummies lays the groundwork, and demonstrates just how amazing classical music can be.

Author Bio

David Pogue studied music at Yale and has been a conductor on Broadway and worked as a columnist at the New York Times.
Scott Speck, an award-winning music director and conductor, has led symphony orchestras from coast to coast and around the world.

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