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A Guide to Orchestral Music: The Handbook for Non-Musicians

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Relaxed and accessible in style, this authoritative guide is the first symphony handbook for non-musicians. The book begins with a general introduction to the symphony and short pieces on the orchestra and musical styles. Mordden goes on to describe, chronologically, over 700 pieces--from Vivaldi to twentieth-century composers. Further aids to the reader include two lists ...more
Paperback, 587 pages
Published March 27th 1986 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1980)
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Lisa (Harmonybites)
I have several guides to classical music in my library. Four general guides ones on concertos, chamber, choral and opera. But this is my favorite to browse through--as you could tell from the battered condition of the book, and all the underlined lines and dog-eared pages. It's organized primarily by composer, ordered by date of birth, from Antonio Vivaldi to Hans Werner Henze. I just find Mordden so readable and this book so user friendly and a great introduction to classical music.
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