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The NPR Listener's Encyclopedia of Classical Music

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A complete education in classical music, written with verve and wit. No music lover can pick up this one-volume compendium without becoming a more knowledgeable, discerning listener. • The sonata form revealed, and why it's been deeply satisfying for three centuries. • What to listen for in Brahms, a self-described Classicist who was one of music's great innovators. • Piz ...more
Paperback, 928 pages
Published April 10th 2006 by Workman Publishing Company (first published April 1st 2006)
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minervasowl
I am far more impressed with this book than The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection. The entries manage to be detailed yet concise. The book could be daunting for a beginner, and it is not really a cover-to-cover sort of read (although it could be), but the best part is that there is an associated web site maintained by Naxos with an impressive selection of samples of many of the works mentioned in the book. And the site is still up and functioning even though the book was published ...more
Greg Langmead
Dec 29, 2013 Greg Langmead marked it as to-read
Sadly, the Naxos companion site requires Flash to play audio, so doesn't work on modern browsers (to put it trollishly).
Will Bellais
Sep 11, 2007 Will Bellais rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: music lovers
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It is what it is, and it is a wonderful is. Have a thought about music or a question about Mozart? Then, here is the answer. It's an important addition to my library.
Lyman Maddox
Wonderful bedside companion for a classical music lover.
Thanks to my wonderful wife for this great Christmas present!
James M. Madsen, M.D.
Not only is this from NPR (!), but it also provides a password to a Naxos-powered website with 600 samples!
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