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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Classical Music: ...But Were Too Afraid to Ask

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Just what exactly is classical music ...and why should it be a part of everyone's life? Who are the big names behind the classical hits ...and which are the best recordings of their music? What are you supposed to wear to a classical concert ...and when on earth are you supposed to applaud? 'Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Classical Music ...But Were Too Afraid to ...more
ebook, 300 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Elliott & Thompson (first published January 1st 2012)
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Jun 23, 2013 Zara rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who wants to know more about classical music
I absolutely loved this book. In fact, I loved it so much that I intend on buying myself a copy.

This book has helped me understand a number of musical terms which helps me feel connected to what is called 'classical music'.

This book is written with a great balance of brevity, hilarity and seriousness where needed. It doesn't use a lot of technical jargon which means it is very user friendly and enables people like myself, who doesn't unnderstand musical terminology, to get an insight into this t
The perfect book for those who like classical music, but don't know the first thing about it. A nice little reference with a dictionary of music terms, a breakdown of music history by era, and mini-biographies of the world's great composers listing some of their signature works, "Everything" has just the right amount of information. The authors even had me chuckling a few times. Only one thing missing: a companion disc to give the reader a sampling of the music discussed. I think I may have to b ...more
Jun 14, 2013 Czol rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Loved this book & found it very informative as a handy guide. No, it doesn't cover absolutely everything, & some people will quibble over what was included vs what was left out, but it's not supposed to be an exhaustive guide - more a beginner's primer to impart the basic & inspire further investigation.

One small annoyance though is that there were occasional links to a special section of the Classic FM website set up associated with the book, with download links & more info, &am
Good, easy read, perfect for those who just starting to find out more about classical music. Not boring or stuffy in the least. Highly recommended!
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Classical music is extremely difficult topic to tackle as an amateur and often quite overwhelming. As an amateur myself, Classic FM books and their website are the best starters. They are simple to understand and with their insight, it offers a great shortcut to learn and love all there is to know about classical music! Definitely a great way to learn all the essentials of classical music, even for non-amateurs.
Very quick and simple read. The format is disappointing. It divides the composers up by periods and the largest chunk of the book is dedicated to speeding through 100+ composers. Would have preferred more time spent on discussing the evolution of classical music rather than superficial bios of composers.
Handy intro to classical music terms. Good timeline of composers and their influence with lots of recommendations. Sadly the tables are poorly formatted for the Kindle so these are next to useless, but overall if you want to slot composers into the evolution of music, this is a good guide.
A quick and easy read, and not a bad introduction/summary for someone who knows very little about the subject. More a starting point than a definitive reference.
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