Classical Music without Fear

Classical Music without Fear : A Guide for General Audiences

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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. 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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 149.86 x 220.98 x 17.78mm | 317.51g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 56 b&w photos, 21 color photos
  • 0253216184
  • 9780253216182

Review quote

" ... manage[s] to communicate some of the key tensions and turning points in the canonised repertoire."--THE MUSICAL TIMES, Autumn 2004show more

About Marianne Tobias

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."show more

Table of contents

1. Getting Started Why Go to a Classical Music Concert?; How to Use This Book; What to Expect at a Classical Music Concert; Typical Concert Program Explained; A Quick Guide to Preparing for a Classical Music Concert; Differences Between Classical and Popular Music; Finding Concerts in Your Area 2. The Time Zones The Extravagant Baroque; The Cool Classical; The Emotional Romantic; Suave Impressionism; The Fragmented 20th Century 3. Reading Music: Reading a Book Standard Notation; Visualizing Music; Reading Scores 4. Musical Sampler Starting Your Own CD Collection; Composers and Their Worksshow more

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