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Playlist: The Rebels and Revolutionaries of Sound

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In a stunning and innovative performance, piano maestro James Rhodes introduces today's readers to seven of the greatest composers of all time.

Bach. Mozart. Beethoven. Old guys with curly wigs, right? But trust me: those composers were the original rock stars.

Open your mind to some of the most breathtaking and magnificent pieces of music ever created, and find out why the/>Bach.
Hardcover, 72 pages
Published October 8th 2019 by Candlewick Studio (first published September 17th 2019)
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“Bach. Mozart. Beethoven. Old guys with curly wigs, right? But trust me: those composers were the original rock stars.”

Classical music isn’t generally thought of as edge-of-your-seat exciting, but for abused-teen-turned-piano-maestro James Rhodes, it was life-saving.

In Playlist: The Rebels and Revolutionaries of Sound (Candlewick Studio), Rhodes invites readers to share his joy. He focuses on the masterworks of seven composers – Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Shubert, R
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I've been reading, then listening to the provided playlist (on Spotify) for about a week now. first from England, now from Candlewick, James Rhodes gives us readers and listeners an introduction to classical music for everyone, whether novice or professional! One lovely thing is that it is the size of an old record album, you know, an LP!

Rhodes offers a long introduction. Here is part of it:

"Bach. Mozart. Beethoven. Old guy
Kailey (BooksforMKs)
Nov 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
James Rhodes writes about classical music and features seven revolutionary composers who changed the landscape of music forever. With chapters on Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Schubert, Rachmaninoff, and Ravel, this book outlines how music developed over time, and how each of these extraordinary musicians overcame the challenges of their era to create beautiful music that still resonates with musicians today.

I was really intrigued by the wild and colorful artwork depicting each co
John Clark
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a true gateway book, offering middle schoolers a way to not only learn about really great classical music, but to learn the details (sometimes gritty) about the lives of those composers James Rhodes thinks are rock stars from other eras. He doesn't shy away from the less pretty details of their lives, but those only make their successes that much more amazing. That he's created a Spotify playlist with all the pieces he describes, only makes it easier for those curious about the sounds t ...more
Eve Costarelli
Right off the bat, with the gorgeously colorful marbled paper-art end-pages, you know this book is going to be engaging. This book is a multi-sensory treat exciting not just the eyes and mind but also the ears and the whole body. By including a Spotify play-list, your senses get an extra jolt by adding the emotional quality that only music can bring. Through music, the whole being is able to experience these “original” rock stars of classical music, a genre often overlooked when considering the ...more
Vera Godley
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Presented in a bold, artsy, contemporary fashion, this collection of classical musicians will never seem the same to you again.

I truly love the classics and some soothe and some enliven. They all speak to the heart and soul of man (or woman, or child, or even.... teen). When I opened the pages of Playlist I was surprised at the interpretation of the composers and their place in the development of music through the ages.

Bits of their lives and the impact they had on socie
Uxío Pérez-Rodríguez
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Un fantástico libro para iniciarse en el maravilloso mundo de la música clásica. No importa a qué edad lo hagas o cuál es tu cultura musical previa, Rhodes te lleva de la mano con un lenguaje ameno por la vida de los compositores seleccionados dejándote una estupenda playlist en spotify. El libro se lee en nada pero es imprescindible escuchar la música referenciada y disfrutarla muy intensamente. Al final descubrirás que los verdaderos músicos a los que admiras eran aquellos que detestaba estudi ...more
Ms Pau
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Le doy 5 estrellas porque lo tiene todo. Creo verdaderamente que la gente a la que no le gusta la música clásica es porque no la entiende y está es l oportunidad perfecta para hacerlo. La playlist que acompaña la lectura es genial. Los compositores elegidos con vidas súper interesantes y datos curiosísimos. Las explicaciones hacen que valores cada una de las piezas. Es lectura, es música, es
James Rhodes. 👏🏻👏🏻
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you have a classical music buff - he/she will LOVE this book! OR maybe you just encourage people to read it and they may become a classical music fan! What a fun way to explore composers and their work!
Brenda Kahn
Spectacular overview of six classical musicians, energetically illustrated with links to two pieces of music on a Spotify playlist so that the aural component is satisfied. First purchase!
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
A very modern take on classic composers. Certainly made me want to listen to more! No women, but that's not really the author's fault.
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful book with lots of quirky facts about the composers and insights from the author as well. It's awesome that is comes with the recommended playlist on Spotify to listen as you read. What a wonderful way to experience the music. It includes one of my personal favorites the Marriage of Figaro by Mozart. Also I've discovered I really love Chopin's love of the piano.
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James Rhodes is a British classical pianist.

Born into a middle-class Jewish family in St John's Wood, North London, he was educated at Arnold House School, a local all-boys independent preparatory school, where he was sexually abused by a teacher.

Aged seven, Rhodes became interested in classical music and began learning the piano. He entered the BBC Young Musician of the Year competit