The Story of Music

The Story of Music

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*** Accompanies BBC2's major new TV series and The Story of Music in 50 Pieces on Radio 3 ***

In his dynamic tour through 40,000 years of music, from prehistoric instruments to modern-day pop, Howard Goodall leads us through the story of music as it happened, idea by idea, so that each musical innovation - harmony, notation, sung theatre, the orchestra, dance music, recording, broadcasting - strikes us with its original force. He focuses on what changed when and why, picking out the discoveries that revolutionised man-made sound and bringing to life musical visionaries from the little-known Perotin to the colossus of Wagner. Along the way, he also gives refreshingly clear descriptions of what music is and how it works: what scales are all about, why some chords sound discordant and what all post-war pop songs have in common.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 24mm | 279g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099587173
  • 9780099587170
  • 86,102

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"Great length but still leavened with lively wit"
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"A lively zip through some 45 milennia" -- Christopher Hart * Sunday Times * "Goodall is an engaging and erudite guide and this work is both accessible and illuminating" -- Caroline Jowett * Daily Express * "Great length but still leavened with lively wit" -- Sameer Rahim * Telegraph * "[Goodall] knows his stuff, and tells it well" -- Nicholas Lezard * Guardian * "Highly knowledgeable, and a brilliant communicator, Goodall has an infectious enthusiasm and is genuinely respectful of all forms of music" * Good Book Guide *
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About Howard Goodall

HOWARD GOODALL is an Emmy, BRIT and BAFTA award-winning composer of choral music (Eternal Light: A Requiem), stage musicals (The Hired Man, Love Story), film and TV scores - among them The Vicar of Dibley, Q.I., Red Dwarf, Blackadder and Into the Storm. He was awarded the CBE in 2011 for service to music education.
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