This superbly authoratitive new work provides a comprehensive A-Z guide to some 1000 years of Western music. It explores in detail the lives and achievements of a vast range of composers, as well as looking at such key topics as music history (from medieval plainchant to contemporary minimalism), performers, theory and jargon. Throught Griffiths skilfully blends lightly worn scholarship with personal insight, whether examining the emotional colouring that different musical keys achieve or charting the rise and development of the symphony.
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'An instant classic' -- Sir Simon Rattle
'Perfect for a music lover's bedside table' -- Mitsuko Uchida
'Superb' -- Michael Kennedy, The Sunday Telegraph, 3rd October 2004
Paul Griffiths has been writing about music professionally for more than 30 years. He was chief music critic of The Times and The New Yorker, has contributed to many other publications, and is a recipient of the Commonwealth Prize.
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Book Description Penguin Books, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0140515593
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Book Description Penguin Books, 2005. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: In this impressive volume, music critic Paul Griffiths offers a succinct and comprehensive guide to the history, forms, and personalities of classical music. Here readers will find: Biographies of thousands of composers from Albinoni to Zappa, with in-depth treatment of major figures Coverage of individual works, including plot summaries of operas and ballets Articles on the history of music and instruments Entries on musical forms, from medieval plainchant to z contemporary minimalism Clear definitions of technical terms and jargon And much more This is a must for all those interested in the colorful and complex universe of classical music. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0140515593
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