Classical Music For Dummies

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The more you know about classical music, the more you love it. Now, thanks to Classical Music For Dummies, you can achieve a whole new level of insight into both the composers and the compositions that have made classical music one of the great accomplishments of humankind.

Classical Music For Dummies doesn't assume that you have a degree in musicology — or even that you took a course in music appreciation. Rather, the multimedially gifted David Pogue and renowned conductor Scott Speck explain classical music in terms you can understand, and they describe musical elements so that you can hear them for yourself.

A reference you can dip into at any point, Classical Music For Dummies covers such topics asThe various forms that classical music takes — from symphonies to string quartetsWhat goes on behind the scenes and on stage to fill a concert hall with great classical musicHow to recognize, by sight and by sound, the many instruments that make up an orchestraThe nuts and bolts of classical music — from rhythm to harmonic progressionPlus, Classical Music For Dummies comes complete with a CD containing over 60 minutes of masterpieces compiled especially for the book. The CD also includes a demo version of the Angel/EMI Classics For DummiesTM multimedia interface to try out on your Windows-based PC or Macintosh computer.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (September 4, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764550098
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764550096
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds

Customer Reviews

On my 2nd read

 on January 29, 2014
By Kindle Customer
Please don’t try to save money by getting a used CD this book comes with, used book , ok, used CD is a big NO NO …..I was heartbroken, or I should say discbroken when the package arrived can’t always trust the seller of used items. The book is great for a neophyte like me. I recommend reading this book in front of YOU TUBE, though, and enjoy learning while getting all your senses involved…….actually, I never actually listened to the CD…….YOU TUBE all the way : )

Lots of fun added to a typically boring subject

One person found this helpful.
 on March 19, 2011
By Douglas P.
This is a great book because it makes some of the world’s greatest music come alive for every day people who may not be musicians but just want to be able to appreciate this stuff people say they should.

Beast of classical music

 on December 18, 2014
By Kindle Customer
Great for person willing to become familiar with good,classical music and composers.

The book to read to understand and enjoy classical music!

36 people found this helpful.
 on May 29, 2000
I’ve always loved all kinds of music but never really listened to or understood what’s going on with classical music. This book was incredible. Just playing the CD that comes with the book and reading the section that walks you through each piece of music opened up a whole new world of music appreciation. With each piece they present possible interpretations of what the composer was actually trying to do/say. This combined with an explanation of the musical forms that they used make you realize that it’s not just a random collection of musical phrases. There’s very interesting things going on there! There’s also a great history section covering all of the big names of classical music and there are plenty of musical recommendations to listen to throughout the book. This is just a great education in music (I’ve been a musician for 20 years and I still learned something!)

Just what it says..

One person found this helpful.
 on April 27, 2014
By HEBerube
I always liked listening to classical music but never knew what I was listening to or if Beethoven came before Bach or the other way around. I am really enjoying using this book and exploring classical music and learning quite a great deal. The writing is light-hearted and to the point making it easy to read and remember.

Very helpful

 on January 28, 2017
By Amy Peacock
Very helpful. I have already read Opera for Dummies and this helped round out my knowledge. I really enjoy Dummies books.

Four Stars

 on December 12, 2016
By pegasus
Well written; wanted something to list, describe music by classical musicians. This does the job well.

Great Introduction

 on July 7, 2013
By Mary-pat Sherman
I’ve been frustrated for years when I hear a piece of classical music and don’t know who wrote it, what era it’s from, etc. In this book It’s interesting to read about the composer / piece and listen to example(s) of his work simultaneously. I find myself heading to wikipedia for more in depth information when something really sparks my curiosity. This is FUN studying.

Truly a great reference on classical music

 on March 27, 2014
By Lourma Celis
Great reference guide for someone who’s interested in learning and enjoying more about classical music.

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