Classical Music For Dummies

by David Pogue Author

(From Amazon): 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 asThe various forms that classical music takes -- from symphonies to string quartetsWhat goes on behind the scenes and on stage to fill a concert hall with great classical musicHow to recognize, by sight and by sound, the many instruments that make up an orchestraThe nuts and bolts of classical music -- from rhythm to harmonic progressionPlus, 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.


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  • 1 Prying Open the Classical Music Oyster
  • 2 The Entire History of Music in 80 Pages
  • 3 How to Spot a Sonata
  • 4 Dave 'n' Scott's E-Z Concert Survival Guide
  • 5 A Spin Through Your Free CD & Intermission:Backstage Tour
  • 6 Keyboards and Co.
  • 7 Strings Attached
  • 8 Gone With the Woodwinds
  • 9 The Top (and bottom) Brass
  • 10 Percussion's Greatest Hits
  • 11 The Dreaded Music Theory Chapter
  • 12 Once More, With Feeling: Tempo, Dynamics, and Orchestra
  • 13 The Ten Most Common Misconceptions about Classical Music
  • 14 The Ten Best Musical Terms for Cocktail Parties
  • 15 Ten Great Chamber Music Pieces
  • 16 Ten Great Classical Music Jokes
  • 17 Ten Ways to Go Beyond This Book

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