Classical Music Top 40: Learn How To Listen To And Appreciate The 40 Most Popular And Important Pieces I

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Simon and Schuster, Mar 1, 1995 - Music - 368 pages
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The quintessential primer for the budding classical music lover.

Millions of people adore classical music. Millions of other people want to, but simply don’t know how or where to start—so many composers, so many pieces, so many versions, so much music! In either case, this book is for you. In this informal and informative guide, Rudel leads listeners through the forty most essential and popular compositions from the Four Seasons to Rhapsody in Blue, explaining the musical structure of each passage and highlighting special themes or elements to listen for as the music continues. By the time you’re through with his guidance, the music is no longer just a jumbled mass of sound, but instead a stunning piece of music that’s as understandable and enjoyable as any rock ‘n’ roll song.

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For the classical music lover who wants to become a listener: I have been a classical music lover for some years but I knew there was more that I could learn. I was familiar with the general history ... Read full review

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About the author (1995)

Anthony Rudel has spent his professional life in radio, including ten years on the air, as well as stints as vice president of programming for WQXR in New York and SW Radio Networks. The author of the novel Imagining Don Giovanni and Hello, Everybody!: The Dawn of American Radio, he now consults for radio stations across the country and lives in Chappaqua, New York.

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