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Pogue
ISBN: 978-1-119-04975-3
Paperback
384 pages
July 2015
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Learn to:

  • Distinguish the different styles of classical music
  • Explore composers, instruments, orchestras, concerts, recordings, and more
  • Build a fabulous classical music library

The fun and easy way to get the score on classical music

Haydn, Tchaikovsky, and Brahms, oh, my! In this beginner's guide to classical music, you'll discover how Bach is different from Beethoven—and how Mozart is different still. Plus, you'll be introduced to a wealth of classical composers and their work—and figure out just how enjoyable and rewarding classical music can be.

  • In the beginning... — get an easily digestible history of music and discover how the Classical style—and those that came before and after it—came to be
  • Cogs in the wheel — uncover the role and intricacies of rhythm, pitch, intervals, harmony, tempo, dynamics, and more—and how they work together to make beautiful music
  • Strings attached — get the lowdown on what makes up a classical orchestra, from keyboards, strings, and woodwinds to percussion and top (and bottom) brass
  • Arrive in style — find the guidance you need to take the intimidation out of attending a classical music concert, from knowing where to sit, what to wear, and when to clap—and everything in between

Open the book and find:

  • Plain-English explanations of the different styles of classical music
  • The major classical composers and their famous works
  • Everything you need to know about rhythm, intervals, and other fundamentals
  • Tips on building an impressive classical music library
  • The ten most common misconceptions about classical music
  • The who's who of today's up-and-coming composers
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