Classical Music: The Great Composers and Their Masterworks (Mitchell Beazley Art & Design)

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9781845331580: Classical Music: The Great Composers and Their Masterworks (Mitchell Beazley Art & Design)
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This invaluable reference book explores the background to 800 years of musical history - from 12th-century chanting monks to 19th-century virtuoso performers. This brand new edition has been fully revised to include today's iconoclastic composer-artists - and explains the origins and impact of the great classical masterpieces. At the heart of the book are concise biographies of more than 150 composers, accompanied by portraits and illustrations relating to their works. Lively chapter introductions summarize the historical background to the musical eras and reveal the musical mood of each one through its art. Recommended key recordings of central works by each composer, specially selected by the editors of Gramophone magazine, help the reader to build an enduring classical music collection.

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John Stanley studied fine art in Oxford and then went on to develop careers in photography and film-making, gaining wide experience in the media, broadcasting, and entertainment industries. His life-long interest in music led to involvement in artist management and record production, including the worldwide promotion of violinist Nigel Kennedy and the production of awardwinning television arts programmes and classical concerts. John Stanley has also worked with artists such as Sir Georg Solti, Jose Carreras, and James Galway, and continues to develop multimedia projects for the promotion of classical music.


One of the best introductions to music to have emerged... clear, succinct, and refreshingly free of jargon. Highly recommended for both enthusiast and initiate." Classical Music

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Published by Mitchell Beazley (2005)
ISBN 10: 1845331583 ISBN 13: 9781845331580
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