Classical Music Without Fear: A Guide for General Audiences

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Indiana University Press, 2003 - Music - 194 pages
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In this entertaining and engaging book, Marianne Williams Tobias demystifies the potentially intimidating world of classical music for a general readership. Classical Music Without Fear aims at the intelligent reader by demonstrating the universality and relevancy of classical music to today's listeners.

This easy-access book contains lively historical commentary, intelligent explanations of musical style and form, helpful tips on attending concerts, a quick guide to reading music and musical scores, and a glossary of terms. Also included is a reference section that summarizes standard concert works and suggests choices for starting your own classical CD collection. Lavishly illustrated with full-color reproductions of period artwork and numerous other portraits, musical scores, and illustrations, Classical Music Without Fear brings the heritage of classical music to life.


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Many books aim to introduce the world of classical music to the neophyte. Approaches vary from the traditional historical arrangement of Robert Sherman and Philip Seldon's The Complete Idiot's Guide ... Read full review



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Marianne Williams Tobias is a graduate of Harvard University, Longy School of Music and the University of Minnesota, where she earned a double D.M.A. in piano performance and historical musicology. A seasoned pianist, public radio commentator, lecturer, and writer, Tobias is known for her crisp, engaging style and lively narration. She lives in Indianapolis.

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