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By Rob Kapilow

A clean advisor to classical tune from the acclaimed writer of NPR's ""What Makes It Great""™

Rob Kapilow has been aiding audiences listen extra in nice song for 2 a long time together with his What Makes It Great? sequence on NPR's Performance Today, at Lincoln middle, and in live performance halls through the US and Canada. during this ebook, he makes a speciality of brief masterpieces via significant composers that will help you comprehend the essence of every composer's genius and the way each one piece—which could be heard at the book's net site—transformed the musical language of its time. Kapilow's down-to-earth method makes song historical past effortless to understand it doesn't matter what your musical background.

  • Explores the musical types and genius of significant classical composers, together with Vivaldi, Handel, J.S. Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Chopin, Puccini, Wagner, Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, and Debussy
  • Features an accompanying website the place you can find, listen, and obtain each one brief masterpiece and the entire book's musical examples
  • Introduces you extensive to well known items from the classical repertoire, together with ""Spring"" from the 4 Seasons (Vivaldi), ""Dove Sono"" from the wedding of Figaro (Mozart), the Prelude to Tristan and Isolde (Wagner), and ""Trepak"" from The Nutcracker Suite (Tchaikovsky)
  • Written via acclaimed composer, conductor, and pianist Rob Kapilow: ""You might virtually see the sunshine bulbs happening above people's heads"" (The Philadelphia Inquirer); ""Rob Kapilow is extraordinarily solid at what he does"" (The Boston Globe); ""A fabulous man who brings track alive!"" (Katie Couric)

This publication, in addition to the track at the better half site, is a perfect place to begin for someone drawn to classical tune, no matter if first-time listener, skilled concertgoer or acting musician, supplying an entree into the area of eighteen nice composers and a suite of person masterpieces spanning nearly 2 hundred years.

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