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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A learner, talker, and teacher.
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.
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.
Experience pronouncing the sometimes difficult foreign words.
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!
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.
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!
They play a recording of the rather famous second aria from the second act of the magic flute (Der Hölle Rache) and proceed to state that it is from the first act and is her first aria. This makes me very concerned about the accuracy of the rest of the book. It is not an obscure piece, it is one of the most famous aria's in the canon.
This is a great overview of the history of Western Classical music. Although its treatment of some composers is very brief, it covers all the famous names and includes musical excerpts. The narrator is easy to listen to and the lectures are logically structured around the development of various musical forms as well as chronologically. A good starting point which will whet the appetite for learning and listening.
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.
Aparte de su claridad en la locución es de destacar lo adecuado de sus ilustraciones musicales.
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.
My only wish was that this book was longer and had more examples. A great listen though!
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