Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music” as Want to Read:
The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music

by
3.45  ·  Rating Details  ·  49 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
For the beginner or the devotee--it's everything the classical music buff needs to know.
The major composers from Bach and Bartok to Rachmaninoff and TchaikovskySignificant performers from Maurice Andre and Leornard Bernstein to Georg Solti and Yo Yo MaThe landmark works from Appalachian Spring to Don JuanA concise history of classical musicA deconstruction of the art form
...more
ebook, 272 pages
Published August 1st 2002 by Perigee Books
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

Be the first to ask a question about The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 124)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Kristy Bryson
I wanted a readable primer for classical music and this fit the bill. I've listened to classical and opera in passing, but not with a dedicated ear for it. One season, many moons ago, I developed a habit (while knitting) of listening to a special series on NPR of rebroadcasts of NY Met operas that were divided into chunks followed by a layman's breakdown of the action and performance significance. Unfortunately, I can't find anything like this available on our NPR stations here. (I do enjoy my C ...more
Ray Stickle
Sep 23, 2014 Ray Stickle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
I wasn't expecting a book that would unlock all of the complexities of Beethoven and Mozart, and I wasn't disappointed in that respect. What I got was a beginner's reference to composers, some of their outstanding works (and quality recordings), and a brief history of the art. The book led me to Dvorak's 8th and 9th Symphonies and the works of Charles Ives, so there's no way it gets less than four stars. For a better introduction to the complexities of the music, check out the wonderful Yale Ope ...more
R
(as is my policy, I don't rate books I don't read every page of; I read 80% of this)

Dense book with information on technique, composers, major works, etc. throughout classical music history. Read solely to get better at trivia contests, which it was well-suited for.

Good book for people with no interest in classical music who wish to learn more about classical music.
Lucas Johnson
Strangely disjointed text meets overly repetitive descriptions of musical scenes. It did, however, introduce me to a number of composers and performers (largely due to my ignorance). I would not recommend this book, but I have not read enough on the topic to offer up anything better.
Aaron
Dec 30, 2015 Aaron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great introduction to classical music and good reference for any beginners. It stays accessible throughout and reads about as easily as NPR broadcasts are listenable.
Steve
Jul 06, 2015 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommend to anybody interested in classical music. It's just plain helpful and interesting.
Sara
Mar 30, 2010 Sara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a complete novice when it comes to any kind of music, and classical is especially intimidating. This is not to say that I have not found enjoyment in it-- if I hadn't found pleasure despite my state of ignorance, I don't think I would have taken the time to read this book! I am glad to know just a little more, and I can tell a small difference in the way I listen. It is even better now that I know what I am supposed to be observing! Thanks NPR!
Leanne
Feb 11, 2008 Leanne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I grew up with classical music (my mother was a music major and church organist), but being a kid and then a rebellious teen I didn't pay much attention.

Am just browsing this book and then listening to whatever looks interesting. It's like rediscovering a lost country.
Juli Anna Herndon
A decent overview for those just dipping in their toes. Informative, but the author's voice is a little-bit watered-down and overly-PC. Uses the word "arguably" far too often.
Jonathan
Succinct summary of key classical music terms. Would have made more sense to organize several key portions chronologically instead of alphabetically.
Elizabeth
Elizabeth marked it as to-read
Apr 19, 2016
Etola
Etola added it
Mar 13, 2016
Patrick Cabeza
Patrick Cabeza rated it really liked it
Mar 04, 2016
David Winn
David Winn marked it as to-read
Dec 30, 2015
LudaMelnik
LudaMelnik rated it it was amazing
Dec 09, 2015
Bri
Bri added it
Oct 21, 2015
Michele W.
Michele W. marked it as to-read
Sep 18, 2015
Natalie
Natalie rated it really liked it
Aug 30, 2015
Stan
Stan rated it liked it
Oct 15, 2015
Edith
Edith rated it liked it
Jan 16, 2016
Kara
Kara rated it liked it
Nov 12, 2015
Kasey
Kasey marked it as to-read
Jun 21, 2015
Ron Bergquist
Ron Bergquist rated it liked it
Jun 02, 2015
M
M added it
Mar 28, 2015
Jesse
Jesse marked it as to-read
Mar 26, 2015
Donna Whitt
Donna Whitt marked it as to-read
Mar 30, 2015
Sgossard
Sgossard rated it it was amazing
Mar 02, 2015
Naomi
Naomi rated it really liked it
Feb 07, 2015
« previous 1 3 4 5 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Share This Book