The History Of Classical Music And The History Of Opera
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The History Of Classical Music And The History Of Opera

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The History of Opera is an affordable and accessible resource for the listening and appraising skills element in any music curriculum. Richard Fawkes traces the history of opera from its origins in the 16th century to the present day in the first three CDs. The excerpts include Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, Donizetti, Bellini, Berlioz, Gounod, Offenbach, Saint-Saens, Bizet, V...more
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Published August 1st 2009 by Naxos Audiobooks (first published June 1999)
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Jw Moore
The four discs cover nearly four centuries of opera, from Monteverdi to Stockhausen, with ample musical selections sprinkled in. These musical interludes are quite short, of course, but quite adequate to their purpose. Fawkes takes for granted a certain basic understanding of musical themes and movements, but even a musical novice will find much to enjoy here.
Joe Marley
Good overview of opera. Unlike some textbooks, which shall remain nameless, Fawkes actually has interesting stories and talks about the significant accomplishments of minor composers, not just the big fancy composers.
Matt
A good introduction to opera with some good anecdotes. I enjoyed how they had excerpts to explain what they were talking about. Made me anxious to keep learning more about opera...
Danny
This was more enjoyable than I thought it would be.

All of the musical interludes were enlightening.

And hearing a Castrato sing was kinda creepy.

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