9780449910429

Classical Music

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  • ISBN13:

    9780449910429

  • ISBN10:

    0449910423

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 1995-10-17
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books
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Summary

MAKE A SOUND INVESTMENT IN CLASSICAL MUSIC 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

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction xi
The 50 Composers and the Also-Rans
1(25)
The Organization of Sound
26(16)
Setting the Stage
42(54)
The Lives and the Works
96(446)
Johann Sebastian Bach
96(19)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
115(16)
Ludwig van Beethoven
131(14)
Richard Wagner
145(12)
Franz Joseph Haydn
157(11)
Johannes Brahms
168(11)
Franz Schubert
179(10)
Robert Schumann
189(11)
George Frideric Handel
200(10)
Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky
210(10)
Felix Mendelssohn
220(11)
Antonin Dvorak
231(10)
Franz Liszt
241(9)
Frederic Chopin
250(9)
Igor Stravinsky
259(10)
Giuseppe Verdi
269(9)
Gustav Mahler
278(10)
Sergei Prokofiev
288(10)
Dmitri Shostakovich
298(10)
Richard Strauss
308(10)
Hector Berlioz
318(12)
Claude Debussy
330(9)
Giacomo Puccini
339(6)
Giovanni da Palestrina
345(7)
Anton Bruckner
352(9)
Georg Telemann
361(7)
Camille Saint-Saens
368(7)
Jean Sibelius
375(8)
Maurice Ravel
383(7)
Gioacchino Rossini
390(8)
Edvard Grieg
398(8)
Christoph Gluck
406(7)
Paul Hindemith
413(8)
Claudio Monteverdi
421(6)
Bela Bartok
427(7)
Cesar Franck
434(7)
Antonio Vivaldi
441(8)
Georges Bizet
449(7)
Modest Mussorgsky
456(9)
Jean-Philippe Rameau
465(7)
Gabriel Faure
472(7)
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
479(8)
Gaetano Donizetti
487(6)
Ralph Vaughan Williams
493(8)
Bedrich Smetana
501(7)
Johann Strauss
508(7)
Karl Maria Von Weber
515(7)
Leos Janacek
522(7)
Francois Couperin
529(6)
Alexander Borodin
535(7)
The Orchestra
542(37)
Compact-Disc Discography
579(42)
Index 621

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