A Guide to Orchestral Music
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A Guide to Orchestral Music : The Handbook for Non-Musicians

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Relaxed and accessible in style, this authoritative guide is the first symphony handbook for non-musicians. The book begins with a general introduction to the symphony and short pieces on the orchestra and musical styles. Mordden goes on to describe, chronologically, over 700 pieces-from Vivaldi to twentieth-century composers. Further aids to the reader include two lists of repertory builders and a glossary of musical terms. "Easy and pleasurable to read...a genuinely useful guide for the music lover who has not had a musical education but loves concert music."-John Barkham Reviewsshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 592 pages
  • 134.62 x 203.2 x 30.48mm | 498.95g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0195040414
  • 9780195040418
  • 1,322,616

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"The text is not only easy to read, but it is enlightening on form, style, and other essentials that will stimulate the attentive reader into a better grasp of what the composer intended to express and how well he expressed it. This is a genuinely useful guide for the music lover who has not had a musical education but loves concert music."-John Barkham Reviewsshow more

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Relaxed and accessible in style, this is the first symphony handbook written especially for the beginning listener. More comprehensive than any other symphony guide--yet more compact--it describes for the radio buff, record collector, and sometime concertgoer over seven hundred orchestral pieces, including symphonies, concertos, suites, tone poems, ballets, and overtures.show more

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