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Classical Music For Dummies, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-1-119-04974-6
384 pages
June 2015
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Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started with Classical Music 5

Chapter 1: Prying Open the Classical Music Oyster 7

Chapter 2: The Entire History of Music in 80 Pages 13

Chapter 3: Knowing How to Spot a Sonata 91

Part II: Listen Up! 111

Chapter 4: Dave ’n’ Scott’s E?]Z Concert Survival Guide™ 113

Chapter 5: For Your Listening Pleasure 137

Intermission: Taking a Backstage Tour 159

Part III: A Field Guide to the Orchestra 177

Chapter 6: Keyboards & Co 179

Chapter 7: Strings Attached 191

Chapter 8: Gone with the Woodwinds 209

Chapter 9: The Top (and Bottom) Brass 223

Chapter 10: Percussion’s Greatest Hits 235

Part IV: Peeking into the Composer’s Brain 247

Chapter 11: The Dreaded Music Theory Chapter 249

Chapter 12: Once More, with Feeling: Tempo, Dynamics, and Orchestration 289

Part V: The Part of Tens 297

Chapter 13: The Ten Most Common Misconceptions about Classical Music 299

Chapter 14: The Ten Best Musical Terms for Cocktail Parties 305

Chapter 15: Ten Great Classical Music Jokes 311

Chapter 16: Ten Ways to Get More Music in Your Life 317

Part VI: The Appendixes 325

Appendix A: Starting a Classical Music Collection 327

Appendix B: Classical Music Timeline 333

Appendix C: Glossary 341

Index 347

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