A Guide to Orchestral Music: The Handbook for Non-Musicians

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9780195026863: A Guide to Orchestral Music: The Handbook for Non-Musicians

Relaxed and accessible in style, this authoritative guide is the first symphony handbook for non-musicians. The book begins with a general introduction to the symphony and short pieces on the orchestra and musical styles. Mordden goes on to describe, chronologically, over 700 pieces--from Vivaldi to twentieth-century composers. Further aids to the reader include two lists of repertory builders and a glossary of musical terms.
"Easy and pleasurable to read...a genuinely useful guide for the music lover who has not had a musical education but loves concert music."--John Barkham Reviews

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Relaxed and accessible in style, this is the first symphony handbook written especially for the beginning listener. More comprehensive than any other symphony guide--yet more compact--it describes for the radio buff, record collector, and sometime concertgoer over seven hundred orchestral pieces, including symphonies, concertos, suites, tone poems, ballets, and overtures.

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"The text is not only easy to read, but it is enlightening on form, style, and other essentials that will stimulate the attentive reader into a better grasp of what the composer intended to express and how well he expressed it. This is a genuinely useful guide for the music lover who has not had a musical education but loves concert music."--John Barkham Reviews


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