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Classical Music: The 50 Greatest Composers and Their 1,000 Greatest Works di [Goulding, Phil G.]
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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

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  • Formato: Formato Kindle
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  • Editore: Ballantine Books (16 marzo 2011)
  • Venduto da: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Lingua: Inglese
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3.0 su 5 stelle An Unbiased, Ughthearted Review 4 gennaio 2015
Di David S. - Pubblicato su
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This is a very good book for a beginner. The author had no knowledge of classical music until he retired and then set out to listen to cassettes (yes, cassettes, this was around 1990 -- at one point he makes a "joke" about George H.W. Bush's 1000 points of light speech; but then again, none of the music has changed so the book doesn't need to be au courant) of classical music and read everything written about the great composers.

It was written in a breezy, non-technical style. And it is idiosyncratic, or perhaps reflective of then-current tastes. He ranks the top 50 composers, giving each one a mini-biography and list of key compositions, and mentions also-rans briefly. I find it bizarre that Scriabin is never mentioned. And he makes some odd choices like including Janacek but not Rachmaninoff. But as he says, many of his choices are debatable. In any event, it is a decent read and one of its strengths and weaknesses is its breadth but lack of depth.

I deducted a star because the kindle edition was clearly produced by scanning the hard copy (written without a word processor, or the files have been lost, I presume) to PDF, then converting the PDF to Word without sufficient proof-reading. For example, I found it odd that the author omitted commas where they clearly belonged, and occasionally omitted em dashes. Then I came across a word I didn't recognize:"ughthearted." I was briefly excited because I thought this was an opportunity to expand my vocabulary with a colorful word. So I googled ughthearted and google suggested I try "lighthearted." Surely enough, that fit the context. No one bothered to change the scanned in ughthearted to lighthearted. Ugh.
5.0 su 5 stelle Very useful guidance 16 marzo 2017
Di Barry Rucker - Pubblicato su
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This book guides the classical music lover to the most worthy compositions of the greatest composers. Occasionally I think some of the compositions are subpar, but in general the guidance is wise, and the mini-biographies of composers are highly interesting. I use this book many hours per day, because it is so useful.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Philip G. Goulding - The 50 Greatest Composers 10 ottobre 2012
Di Melanie Harvey - Pubblicato su
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Being a pianist and a lover of Classical Music, I decided I should really do a little more research on the subject, to expand my knowledge of it. It seemed hypocritical to spend so much time immersed in something I had no foundational knowledge of. However, like history, I expected it to be something that, although everyone should know it, was not always interesting to actually learn about. What took me by surprise though was how interesting this book actually was. I found myself wanting to keep reading.

Mr. Goulding put forth his information in a clear, non-pretentious manner that was easy for an amateur to understand (particularly if said amateur has a little prior musical knowledge, although this is not essential either.) By reading this book I was able to start identifying key aspects of the different music periods, including what changes the periods made for the music world. I found myself actually able to relate to his description of each composer. I was encouraged to try new things, listen to different styles, to learn to analyse what made each composer unique, and I was able to gain a taste for which composers appealed to me.

As a musician, my knowledge of the mechanics and techniques required for each style of music has increased, and as a listener, I have been able to expand my collection, and to learn to appreciate the music more.

For anyone out there who, like me, has been wanting to learn a bit more about Classical music but is intimidated by the amount of books available that are large, boring, and filled with big words and jargon - I would definitely recommend this book. Mr. Goulding has created a book that, though packed with information, is also, simply, a good read.
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5.0 su 5 stelle biography of the great composers and 28 aprile 2016
Di Fpwdds - Pubblicato su
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Definitive guide to the various eras of "classical music', biography of the great composers and.....a list of each composers best, critically acclaimed pieces, symphonys, concertos, sonatas, etc. Just a wonderful book to learn about great music.
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4.0 su 5 stelle One of the best tools for discovering classical music on your own. 11 ottobre 2013
Di Bert Kleinkauf - Pubblicato su
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When I first started listening, my knowledge of classical music was limited. I was interested but didn't know where to begin; there was so much music to choose from. This book suggests who and what to try first. It also directs you to what you might have overlooked. Think of it as a guide book.
Suggestions are organized by composer, ranked by greatness. For a given composer a basic bio is provided along with "starter kit", "top ten" and "master collection" lists. Sure, the ranking and selections are subjective, but Goulding's is a thoughtful and intelligent subjective.
Recently my daughter borrowed my copy. Missing it, I bought her one of her own.
(Equally important is the quality of performance. Once you know what you want to listen to, Amazon's stars can suggest which version to try. Happy listening).
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