The Rough Guide to Classical Music

The Rough Guide to Classical Music

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The Rough Guide to Classical Music is the ideal handbook, spanning a thousand years of music from Gregorian chant via Bach and Beethoven to contemporaries such as Thomas AdAus and Kaija Saariaho. Both a CD buyer's guide and a who's who, the guide includes concise biographical profiles of more than 200 composers and informative summaries of the major compositions in all genres, from chamber works to operatic epics. For novices and experts alike, the fully updated fifth edition features contemporary composer Helmut Lachenmann and Widor, the 19th century organ composer of 'Toccata' wedding fame, as well as dozens more works added for existing composers. You'll find an new 'Top 10's' section with accessible introductory listings including the Top 10 operas and the Top 10 symphonies plus new essay boxes on topics such as qBaroque - a style or a period?q and qThe clarinet comes of ageq. The Rough Guide to Classical Music features fresh and incisive reviews of hundreds of CDs, selecting the very best of the latest recordings and reissues as well as more than 150 illustrations of composers and performers, including a rare archive of photos.... plus a smattering of other masterpieces, recorded on four fine Dutch Baroque organs. ... version of the chorale with sparkling improvisatory interludes, and the 45 miniatures of the teaching manual OrgelbA¼chlein (Little Organ Book). ... of chorale preludes a€“ the third part of the ClavierA¼bung (Keyboard Excercise) and the eighteen so-called a€œgreata€ Leipzig ... Bach closes with a resplendent three- part fugue a€“ a structure that has been interpreted as Bacha#39;s celebration of the Holy Trinity.

Title:The Rough Guide to Classical Music
Author:Joe Staines
Publisher:Rough Guides UK - 2010-05-03


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