The 100 Greatest Composers and Their Musical Works (Paperback)

An Introduction to the Fascinating World of Classical Music

By Gary a. Smook

FriesenPress, 9781525537868, 388pp.

Publication Date: July 25, 2019

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Hardcover (7/25/2019)

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Description

His fascinating exploration takes you inside the rich music and colorful lives of the world's greatest classical composers. From Bach to Stravinsky and beyond, you will learn how the unique life stories of these gifted composers are reflected in the musical masterpieces that we enjoy to this day.

Designed as an introductory book on classical music, this comprehensive collection presents biographical snapshots of the major composers in the context of distinct historical and stylistic periods and in relation to their notable contemporaries. Special attention is given to recognizing their prominent musical works. The book delineates the many forms of instrumental and vocal music; and it explores the "basics" of tonality, musical structure, performance criteria, the orchestra and its instruments, orchestration, chamber music, and the cataloguing of musical works. As well, the newcomer to classical music will find advice on building a musical library.

This book is an excellent source of information about classical music in a unique and entertaining format. It will help lay the foundation for a lifelong love of classical music, through the great musical heritage of these fine composers....