All Music Guide to Classical Music

All Music Guide to Classical Music

The Definitive Guide to Classical Music

Book - 2005
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Baker & Taylor
Offering comprehensive coverage of classical music, this guide surveys more than eleven thousand albums and presents biographies of five hundred composers and eight hundred performers, as well as twenty-three essays on forms, eras, and genres of classical music. Original.

Hal Leonard
(Book). This is the definitive source for composers, compositions, and genres. The book contains over 500 composer and 800 performer biographies. Each artist entry includes vital statistics and album recommendations. The book covers thousands of compositions, including operas, symphonies, concertos, and ballets, and it includes 23 essays devoted to classical music's major eras, forms, and genres. Choral works, songs, keyboard works, chamber music, and film scores receive dedicated sections. Includes 4,000 descriptions of composers' works and 12,000 recordings recommended by All Music Guide editors.

Book News
For music lovers and general readers, this heavy volume consists of biographical entries on classical music composers and performers, organized alphabetically, along with descriptions of selected works of composers and opera and ballet synopses, when applicable. Recommended album information is included. Some entries feature several works that are discussed--such as the ones on Mozart and Beethoven spanning several pages--while others have a brief overview or focus on the style and historical background of just one piece. Other examples: Philip Glass, Robert Schumann, Amy Beach, Erich Kunzel, and Luciano Pavarotti. Twenty-three essays on periods and genres round out the book. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: San Francisco, CA : Backbeat Books ; Berkeley, CA : Distributed to the book trade in the US and Canada by Publishers Group West, c2005
ISBN: 9780879308650
Characteristics: v, 1607 p. ; 24 cm

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