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The History of Classical Music | [Richard Fawkes]

The History of Classical Music

From Gregorian Chant to Henryk Gorecki, the first living classical composer to get into the pop album charts, here is the fascinating story of over a thousand years of Western classical music and the composers who have sought to express in music the deepest of human feelings and emotions. Also available: The History of Opera.
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From Gregorian Chant to Henryk Gorecki, the first living classical composer to get into the pop album charts, here is the fascinating story of over a thousand years of Western classical music and the composers who have sought to express in music the deepest of human feelings and emotions. Polyphony, sonata form, serial music - many musical expressions are also explained - with the text illustrated by performances from some of the most highly praised recordings of recent years.

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    Kindle Customer Portland, OR USA 09-17-12
    Kindle Customer Portland, OR USA 09-17-12 Member Since 2003

    A learner, talker, and teacher.

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    "Great Introduction with well-placed sample clips"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The History of Classical Music to be better than the print version?

    Yes, because the audio edition has the distinct advantage of inline samples from important pieces being discussed, which makes it interactive in a way that a print version (even one that includes a CD with samples) cannot be.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Since this was a historical survey, it's hard to choose a favorite character! But I did enjoy learning about the Red Priest, Giuseppe Verdi.


    What does Robert Powell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Experience pronouncing the sometimes difficult foreign words.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I enjoyed the episodic nature, though I found some of the chapters to be rather long (upwards of an hour), which made it difficult to put down when I needed to do something else!


    Any additional comments?

    I'd make sure to download this in High Quality, since it includes orchestral samples that would be less satisfying in a more muffled/lower-quality setting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lilac New York, NY United States 03-01-14
    Lilac New York, NY United States 03-01-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Decent Overview"
    What made the experience of listening to The History of Classical Music the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed listening to the musical excerpts and hearing them in context. Closer to the modern era, the historical notes became more biographical and delved less into the development of musical forms. Still an enjoyable quick overview and a nice reminder of music history studied in high school.


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    Julio BRISTOW, VIRGINIA, United States 03-11-13
    Julio BRISTOW, VIRGINIA, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Refrescante revisión sobre la evolución musical"

    Aparte de su claridad en la locución es de destacar lo adecuado de sus ilustraciones musicales.

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    Steve Queensland Australia 03-10-13
    Steve Queensland Australia 03-10-13 Member Since 2007
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    Would you listen to The History of Classical Music again? Why?

    This book is on high rotation. I'm an insomniac and I enjoy this book in the early hours as it is a nice soft listen. The content is solid and the examples are excellent.


    Any additional comments?

    My only wish was that this book was longer and had more examples. A great listen though!

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    Joao Coelho REDMOND, WA, United States 01-13-12
    Joao Coelho REDMOND, WA, United States 01-13-12 Member Since 2004

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    "Delightful to listen"

    This book was a break from the usual books I listen. It was great to learn more about a topic I wansn't very familiar with and with music every now and then.
    Very good read, just wish the author would include more music to exemplify what he's talking about, especially when talking about the techniques used by composers.
    I think I now have a better appreciation of classical music and understand better what the composers were trying to do. Recommended listen!

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