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The Vintage Guide to Classical Music

Written by Jan Swafford

The Vintage Guide to Classical Music .

Category: Music - Classical; Reference
Imprint: Vintage
Format: Trade Paperback
Pub Date: December 1992
Price: $21.00
Can. Price: $24.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72805-4 (0-679-72805-8)
Pages: 624



 
This is 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 musical history and an authoritative reference work 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 capella to woodwinds a step-by-step guide to building a great classical music library.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 
Composer and writer Jan Swafford received degrees from Harvard and the Yale School of Music; his work has been played throughout the United States and abroad. Among his awards are an NEA Composers Grant, a Tanglewood Fellowship and a Mellon Faculty Fellowship at Harvard.





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