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The NRP Listener's Encyclopedia of Classical Music
by Ted Libbey
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. ? Pizz ...more
Paperback, 928 pages
Published June 26th 2006 by Workman Publishing
(first published April 1st 2006)
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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