The Penguin Companion to Classical Music

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9780140515596: The Penguin Companion to Classical Music

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.

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About the Author:

Paul Griffiths, former chief music critic of the New Yorker and a regular contributor to the New York Times, has been writing about music professionally for more than thirty years and is a recipient of the Commonwealth Writers Prize.

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