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Offers profiles of chamber music composers, describes the historical background and musical context of more than two hundred of the best-known works, and discusses the formal structure of chamber music
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This comprehensive, analytical, and historical guide is designed to help music lovers--from casual listeners to experienced concertgoer--deepen their understanding and enhance their enjoyment of chamber music.From Library Journal:
A collection of more than 230 program notes of chamber music composed by 55 composers. The author is himself an enthusiastic chamber music musician and program annotator. Typically, he offers a biography of each composer followed by descriptive notes about each composition. The text is generally readable, though not penetrating; the book will appeal primarily to the casual listener rather than to the student or musician. Berger has managed to find subtitles nobody knew existed: one wonders if any real service is performed by listing "Werther" as a subtitle for the Brahms Piano Quartet Op. 60. Recommended, with reservations, for public libraries with record collections. William Shank, CUNY Graduate Sch. Lib.
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