The NPR Listener's Encyclopedia of Classical Music:
By Ted Libbey
(Workman Publishing, Paperback, 9780761120728, 979pp.)
Publication Date: April 2006
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Log on and listen. Created with Naxos, the world's largest classical music label, the book includes a unique Web site featuring more than 500 examples cited in the text. Look up "barcarolle. " First read about its swaying 6/8 meter and Venetian origins; then log on to the music Web site and hear it performed in Act IV of Offenbach's "Les contes d'Hoffmann. "If that whets your curiosity about Offenbach, click to hear the cancan in his "La vie parisienne. "All online samples are marked by an icon in the text.