The Rough Guide to Classical Music

The Rough Guide to Classical Music

Joe Staines

The tough consultant to Classical Music is the suitable guide, spanning 1000 years of track from Gregorian chant through Bach and Beethoven to contemporaries similar to Thomas Ades and Kaija Saariaho. either a track buyer's consultant and a who is who, the consultant contains concise biographical profiles of greater than 2 hundred composers and informative summaries of the foremost compositions in all genres, from chamber works to operatic epics.

For newcomers and specialists alike, this fully-updated 5th version positive factors modern composer Helmut Lachenmann and Widor, the nineteenth century organ composer of "Toccata" marriage ceremony repute, in addition to dozens extra works extra for present composers. you will discover a brand new "Top 10's" part with obtainable introductory listings together with the pinnacle 10 operas and the pinnacle 10 symphonies, plus new essays on themes reminiscent of "Baroque — a method or a period?" and "The clarinet comes of age."

The tough consultant to Classical Music positive aspects clean and incisive studies of 1000s of CDs, deciding upon some of the best of the newest recordings and reissues, in addition to greater than one hundred fifty illustrations of composers and performers, together with an extraordinary archive of photos.

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