• The History of Classical Music

  • By: Richard Fawkes
  • Narrated by: Robert Powell
  • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 06-07-00
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.4 (26 ratings)

Summary

From Gregorian Chant to Henryk Gorecki, the first living classical composer to get into the pop album charts, here is the fascinating story of over a thousand years of Western classical music and the composers who have sought to express in music the deepest of human feelings and emotions. Polyphony, sonata form, serial music - many musical expressions are also explained - with the text illustrated by performances from some of the most highly praised recordings of recent years.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.
©1997 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd. (P)1997 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Kindle Customer on 23-12-12

Very pleasant way to read a book !

This is a very informative audio book that takes you through the history of music . It is well presented by the actor Robert Powell whose' rich voice does the subject justice. A very interesting and absorbing way of taking in information!

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 08-03-18

Fantastic audiobook

Loved all the little clips of music throughout the audiobook. Excellent introduction into classical music. Highly recommended.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Walter on 09-02-04

highly recommend

This excellent value is a great journey from the origins of classical music through the present day. There are tons of great musical illustrations, and each period and sub-genre of classical music is treated in a balanced, excellent manner. This work is great for those wanting to learn about great music, and for those whose rooms are filled with records and CD's (like mine!). I recommend this in opposition to 'The History of Opera' by the same author. 5 stars!

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22 of 22 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By John on 11-04-06

Excellent

Among my top three Audiobooks, "History" is a concise-yet-complete overview of the development and evolution of classical music. I am not, by any stretch of the imagination, an authority on classical music...and this book was a wonderful overview. There is enough music to gain an appreciation for the school while also illustrating the transition from one era to the next.

I have listened to this at least five times and can imagine listening another five. I highly recommend the book to anyone with even a passing interest in classical music.

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