Ads Banner
Hot Best Seller

Classical Music for Dummies

Availability: Ready to download

The more you know about classical music, the more you love it. Now, thanks to Classical Music For Dummies, you can achieve a whole new level of insight into both the composers and the compositions that have made classical music one of the great accomplishments of humankind. Classical Music For Dummies doesn't assume that you have a degree in musicology -- or even that you The more you know about classical music, the more you love it. Now, thanks to Classical Music For Dummies, you can achieve a whole new level of insight into both the composers and the compositions that have made classical music one of the great accomplishments of humankind. Classical Music For Dummies doesn't assume that you have a degree in musicology -- or even that you took a course in music appreciation. Rather, the multimedially gifted David Pogue and renowned conductor Scott Speck explain classical music in terms you can understand, and they describe musical elements so that you can hear them for yourself. A reference you can dip into at any point, Classical Music For Dummies covers such topics as The various forms that classical music takes -- from symphonies to string quartets What goes on behind the scenes and on stage to fill a concert hall with great classical music How to recognize, by sight and by sound, the many instruments that make up an orchestra The nuts and bolts of classical music -- from rhythm to harmonic progression Plus, Classical Music For Dummies comes complete with a CD containing over 60 minutes of masterpieces compiled especially for the book. The CD also includes a demo version of the Angel/EMI Classics For DummiesTM multimedia interface to try out on your Windows-based PC or Macintosh computer.


Compare
Ads Banner

The more you know about classical music, the more you love it. Now, thanks to Classical Music For Dummies, you can achieve a whole new level of insight into both the composers and the compositions that have made classical music one of the great accomplishments of humankind. Classical Music For Dummies doesn't assume that you have a degree in musicology -- or even that you The more you know about classical music, the more you love it. Now, thanks to Classical Music For Dummies, you can achieve a whole new level of insight into both the composers and the compositions that have made classical music one of the great accomplishments of humankind. Classical Music For Dummies doesn't assume that you have a degree in musicology -- or even that you took a course in music appreciation. Rather, the multimedially gifted David Pogue and renowned conductor Scott Speck explain classical music in terms you can understand, and they describe musical elements so that you can hear them for yourself. A reference you can dip into at any point, Classical Music For Dummies covers such topics as The various forms that classical music takes -- from symphonies to string quartets What goes on behind the scenes and on stage to fill a concert hall with great classical music How to recognize, by sight and by sound, the many instruments that make up an orchestra The nuts and bolts of classical music -- from rhythm to harmonic progression Plus, Classical Music For Dummies comes complete with a CD containing over 60 minutes of masterpieces compiled especially for the book. The CD also includes a demo version of the Angel/EMI Classics For DummiesTM multimedia interface to try out on your Windows-based PC or Macintosh computer.

30 review for Classical Music for Dummies

  1. 5 out of 5

    Marleen

    This fun, friendly and well-thought-out guidebook (for non-initated) has been on my bedside table for the better part of 2011. Each night I would read snippets and get a better understanding of what classical music is all about. For an entire year I would pick 1 composer every two or three weeks, read about him and then go to the library to get his main work on multiple CDs. I would listen to the various pieces (on my iPod, at home, sometimes at work, or in the car), then I'd move on to another This fun, friendly and well-thought-out guidebook (for non-initated) has been on my bedside table for the better part of 2011. Each night I would read snippets and get a better understanding of what classical music is all about. For an entire year I would pick 1 composer every two or three weeks, read about him and then go to the library to get his main work on multiple CDs. I would listen to the various pieces (on my iPod, at home, sometimes at work, or in the car), then I'd move on to another composer. It's remarkable that composing music is indeed a men's business. My personal foray & exploration into the world of classical music is far from over. It will take me years and years (and years!) to get a broader knowledge of classical music, but that's the fun part. There's so much to discover! When I was younger I remember not liking this music and not being open at all for this genre, but strangely enough now that I turned 50 I'm totally embracing it. I think people are open to things when the time is right, I guess. Like a switch that's being turned on. So far, I'm enjoying Mendelssohn, Dvorak, Mozart, Bach and Smetana best of all, but there's many other great composers to discover! Classical music is a never-ending treasure-hunt and I'm glad I caught the bug.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jasmine Wheeler

    This book is quite a fun read. The authors, unlike some other classical music historians, try very hard to make it fun and user-friendly, and in my case it worked! Readers will laugh when they read this fun book. It covers the history of classical music, why it's important, concert guidelines, and much, much, more!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    Loves it. Great humour and a good amount of info. Just what I was after.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Curtis

    An excellent resource covering structure, history, theory, culture and performance.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Dana

    Thought this would be a good introduction into classical music. Luckily I had already watched a course on classical music (How to Listen to Great Music by Robert Greenberg) and so was familiar with a number of the great composers and pieces of music this book discusses. There are a wide variety of topics covered and though it is more introductory in nature I learned a ton and recommend it to anyone who wants to get into classical music. I really enjoyed looking up the different pieces of music r Thought this would be a good introduction into classical music. Luckily I had already watched a course on classical music (How to Listen to Great Music by Robert Greenberg) and so was familiar with a number of the great composers and pieces of music this book discusses. There are a wide variety of topics covered and though it is more introductory in nature I learned a ton and recommend it to anyone who wants to get into classical music. I really enjoyed looking up the different pieces of music recommended in the book and listening to them as I read it. I have now slowly begun to be able to identify the kinds of classical music, or rather concert music, that I like.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ken

    This was a useful book. Although we have been going to classical music concerts for a couple of years now, I still consider myself a classical music rookie and not particularly knowledgeable. Now I feel like I have a good foundation to build on as I learn more about classical music. One of the most helpful sections for me was the history of classical music, which surveyed major movements in music with spotlights on the important composers from each period. I learned that I had no good idea of wh This was a useful book. Although we have been going to classical music concerts for a couple of years now, I still consider myself a classical music rookie and not particularly knowledgeable. Now I feel like I have a good foundation to build on as I learn more about classical music. One of the most helpful sections for me was the history of classical music, which surveyed major movements in music with spotlights on the important composers from each period. I learned that I had no good idea of when Mozart or Strauss was alive, but now I know. Another useful section contained information on the structures of composition types, such as symphonies, rhapsodies, and concertos. With knowledge from this section, especially, I feel like I will better understand the music at the next concert we attend.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie

    I would love to take a college-level course from these guys. This book is really funny, not to mention well-written and laid out, fascinating at times, interesting at others, and a great way to learn a topic I have very little experience with. We read the 80 page chapter on the composers of classical music during dinner with the kids. The stories about the composer's lives were very entertaining.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Thanh Tran

    It should be a very quick read. The book provides enough info, not too much, not too little, just right amount of it for you to enjoy classical music and show off to other people. I love it. The only downside to me is that the CD only contains only 8 mp3s while I was expecting more of them.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    Fun, informative, and easy to read! This book is great for anyone who wants to learn A LOT of things, but not too in depth. It gives a nice overview of classical music. Really good to use as a kind of handbook.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Doc Kinne

    Very nice introduction to both the music and the theory. I may have understood more music theory here than before. The included CD was just good enough for illustrative purposes.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Hom Sack

    This has to be the best book on Classical Music. The authors make the subject easy to understand and enjoy. Added are great humor about music and musicians. Just delightful.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Michael Laflamme

    This book is a good general overview of Classical music; a good launching pad into further study. Its one drawback is the heavy peppering of extremely lame humor.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Alan

    Haydn, Tchaikovsky, and Brahms, oh, my! The beginner's guide toclassical music Classical Music For Dummies is a friendly, funny,easy-to-understand guide to composers, instruments, orchestras,concerts, recordings, and more. Classical music is widelyconsidered one of the pinnacles of human achievement, and thisinformative guide will shows you just how beautiful and rewardingit can be. You'll learn how Bach is different from Beethoven, howMozart is different still, and why not all "classical" music Haydn, Tchaikovsky, and Brahms, oh, my! The beginner's guide toclassical music Classical Music For Dummies is a friendly, funny,easy-to-understand guide to composers, instruments, orchestras,concerts, recordings, and more. Classical music is widelyconsidered one of the pinnacles of human achievement, and thisinformative guide will shows you just how beautiful and rewardingit can be. You'll learn how Bach is different from Beethoven, howMozart is different still, and why not all "classical" music isactually Classical if it's really Baroque or Romantic. You'll beintroduced to the composers and their work, and discover thegroundbreaking pieces that shake the world every time they'replayed. Begin building your classical music library with theessential recordings that define orchestral, choral, and operaticbeauty as you get acquainted with the orchestras and musicians thatbring the composers to life.Whether you want to play classical music or just learn moreabout it, Classical Music For Dummies will teach youeverything you need to know to get the most out of thisincreasingly popular genre.Distinguish flute from piccolo, violin from viola, and trumpetfrom tromboneLearn the difference between overtures, requiems, arias, andmassesExplore the composers that shaped music as we know itDiscover the recordings your music library cannot bewithoutClassical music has begun sneaking into the mainstream —if your interest has been piqued, there's never been a better timeto develop an appreciation for this incredibly rich, complex, andvaried body of work. Classical Music For Dummies lays thegroundwork, and demonstrates just how amazing classical music canbe.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tiago Garrão

    A very relaxed way of writing about a concept such as classical music, which is so many times (falsely) conceived as a boring, and formal kind of music. To counter those kinds of ideas this book offers a description of many aspects of classical music (such as its history, the different types of music, the structure of each kind, and even a bit of the most basic theory behind classical composition) in a dynamic way that keeps the reader interested (or even hooked!!). If you don’t know much about A very relaxed way of writing about a concept such as classical music, which is so many times (falsely) conceived as a boring, and formal kind of music. To counter those kinds of ideas this book offers a description of many aspects of classical music (such as its history, the different types of music, the structure of each kind, and even a bit of the most basic theory behind classical composition) in a dynamic way that keeps the reader interested (or even hooked!!). If you don’t know much about all european music composed before the 1950s I definitely recommend you this book, as it is a great starting point for your journey (and believe me when I say it is difficult to find one in the vastness that is the world of classical music).

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey

    Really good! I never thought I’d say this, but I think I’ll see if there are any other “For Dummies” books I’d like to read.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Mark Kloha

    This book is kind of funny. They cover what most people think is a serious topic and inject their humor into the world of classical music.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Careful

    Great overview. Practical advice. Good info on the composers. CD discs included.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Carlos Piva

    very informative in many ways something to have and consult from time to time

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lisanne Bouma

    Great introduction to classical music. Love the jokes and funny facts.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kristine

    Good resource for homeschooling.

  21. 4 out of 5

    LibraryCin

    4.5 stars. This Dummies book includes sections on music history, including brief bios of some of the famous composers; "Dave 'n' Scott's E-Z Concert Survival Guide"; explanations on terminology, instruments and music theory; and plenty of top ten lists. It is so informative and accessible and everything is explained very very well. And it's funny! I laughed out loud plenty of times while reading. Actually, the best part is that it comes with a CD, and they'll refer you to a particular track, and 4.5 stars. This Dummies book includes sections on music history, including brief bios of some of the famous composers; "Dave 'n' Scott's E-Z Concert Survival Guide"; explanations on terminology, instruments and music theory; and plenty of top ten lists. It is so informative and accessible and everything is explained very very well. And it's funny! I laughed out loud plenty of times while reading. Actually, the best part is that it comes with a CD, and they'll refer you to a particular track, and sometimes a particular point in that track so you can listen as they explain what you are listening to. For anyone who doesn't know much about classical music but enjoys it and wants to learn more - or even if you think you might enjoy it - it's a really good way to learn.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    This is a really nice basic overview of classical music. Composers, orchestras, pieces, instruments, and basic music theory are all covered topics. I do wish there were a few more lists- grouping composers by period, grouping them by country, etc. I do feel you get a good taste of the important composers and their works as well as some insight into orchestras and pieces. Recommended for someone who hasn't studied music before or needs a quick review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Samuel

    Indispensable, engrossing and really very funny, this is perfect for anyone who, like me, is both baffled and fascinated by classical music. Pogue and Speck lead you through the entire canon, the entire orchestra and everything else you could possibly wonder about the classical music world, all in this highly entertaining tone. They make you want to hear everything there is to hear, and more.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    I'm trying to learn more about classical music; so I bought this book. Big mistake. I think that maybe I shouldn't read books that are written for dummies. How about "Classical Music for Moderately Intelligent People with Little Background in the Topic"? If anyone can recommend such a book, please let me know.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jon

    I’ve never had any formal musical theory training, so I really wanted a quick way to learn about classical music. This book gives a great, quick overview to classical music for those who haven’t studied music.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Pam Chun

    I'm a big fan of David Pogue. This book reflects his irreverent humor. I'm a musician and still learned a lot, and was reminded of much I haven't reviewed since I was a child taking piano lessons. Fun, informative, detailed. A GREAT gift for the right friend!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Michaelchan

    Light and easy reading with plenty of interesting historical figures of the classical music world. I like the way this book fills a typical boring subject will little surprises that keep me turning the pages for more.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Dayo Adewoye

    A funny and witty introduction to classical music.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Isaacpants

    ok I didn't really read this and I'm not going to. but don't tell anyone...

  30. 5 out of 5

    Frank

    An excellent primer for anyone starting out with classical music.

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...
We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.