The Vintage Guide to Classical Music

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The most readable and comprehensive guide to enjoying over five hundred years of classical music — from Gregorian chants, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to Johannes Brahms, Igor Stravinsky, John Cage, and beyond.

The Vintage Guide to Classical Music is a lively — and opinionated — musical history and an insider's key to the personalities, epochs, and genres of the Western classical tradition. Among its features:
— chronologically arranged essays on nearly 100 composers, from Guillaume de Machaut (ca. 1300-1377) to Aaron Copland (1900-1990), that combine biography with detailed analyses of the major works while assessing their role in the social, cultural, and political climate of their times;
— informative sidebars that clarify broader topics such as melody, polyphony, atonality, and the impact of the early-music movement;
— a glossary of musical terms, from a cappella to woodwinds;
— a step-by-step guide to building a great classical music library.

Written with wit and a clarity that both musical experts and beginners can appreciate, The Vintage Guide to Classical Music is an invaluable source-book for music lovers everywhere.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; 1 edition (December 15, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679728058
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679728054
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds

Customer Reviews

Both fun and informative.

 on December 30, 2016
By reader of books
Brilliant work, as always, by the esteemed author. Prof. Swafford manages to be astute as well as accessible at all times.

Excellent! Refreshing to read because Swafford is not afraid …

 on December 26, 2014
By Bruce E Johnston
Excellent! Refreshing to read because Swafford is not afraid to express his opinions which you may or may not agree with (I do :). Recommended. Also highly recommended is his biography of Beethoven!

Four Stars

 on May 21, 2017
By David B Ehrlinger
good coverage of suject

Five Stars

 on December 28, 2016
By Sheree Alderman
As advertised!

Five Stars

 on December 19, 2016
By Amy Waters

Fine gift

 on January 1, 2014
By Mans Hagberg
I bought this book as a gift to a person who wanted to learn about classical composers. It met all expectations – personal, knowledgeable, intelligent, fun to read if you are prepered to learn.

Great for Beginners

 on October 13, 2014
By Snow Bite
Its very easy to read and understand for a new comer and for someone that isn’t familiar with music notes. I really like it

From the author of Classical Classics

 on September 6, 2015
By Edward C. Nielsen, famous author
I’m obsessive/compulsive when it comes to classical music. I insist on the best recordings of the best music, and also the best books available on the subject. The Vintage Guide to Classical Music covers the waterfront for me, offering a comprehensive glossary and thumbnail biographies of the important composers. I may be able to thin out my shelf of music references because this book makes many of the others unnecessary.

Five Stars

 on June 10, 2017
By David J Easton

Jan Swafford’s Chock Full Music History

 on July 3, 2016
By britbass
Jan Swafford is a superb author! I have enjoyed this fine contribution to the vast collections

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