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Classical Music for Dummies Review
In a time when school music classes (if they exist at all) teach their students the finer points of the themes from The Twilight Zone and Jaws instead of real music; when classical radio stations are converted to Lite Rock or switched to a “top 100” classical jukebox format; and when even churches increasingly favor banal “Jesus Is My Boyfriend”-style slop instead of Bach, Mozart, and Vaughn Williams, classical music may legitimately be seen as an endangered cultural species. Enter Scott Speck and David Pogue, who take out the unnecessary mystery, and offer an easy-to-swallow quickie education, ranging from Gregorian chants to contemporary composers such as John Adams and John Corigliano. If you can’t tell an oboe from a bassoon, there’s also a dandy guide to the instruments of the orchestra, and once you’re through that information you’ll know the difference between a concerto and a sonata. Best of all is the introduction to music theory, w (more…)

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10 Responses to “Classical Music for Dummies (Paperback)”

  • Paddington says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    This book is perfect for beginners who enjoy listening to classical music and trying to understand it.

  • Wowashi says:

    3.0 out of 5 stars
    A bit too sardonic???
    I basically enjoy the “Dummies” books… I find the information often extremely insightful and helpful. It also is a great pleasure to order the books through amazon.

  • Laina says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    classical music appreciation and theory
    This book is incredibly well written. It was totally absorbing, entertaining and informative. By the time I finished it, I felt like I had earned a degree in classical music…

  • Gustav says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great book
    My husband had never been exposed to classical music and when we got married, he wanted to be able to carry on a conversation with the rest of my family.

  • Cutter says:

    1.0 out of 5 stars
    humor overpowers the content
    You have to be careful with the Dummies series. Some authors use humor with discretion, others, as in this case, lard on so much humor that it gets in the way of learning and…

  • Anonymous says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Learn & Enjoy
    My music education, having been neglected, is in better shape after I read this book. The appendices direct the reader where to start buying good classical music, the names of…

  • Fareeda says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Really gets you up to speed on classical music
    If you love–or would like to at least understand–classical music, then this is the book to read. It is fun, quick and not so technical or snooty as many books on this subject…

  • Osias says:

    4.0 out of 5 stars
    A very good entry level book
    This is a very good entry level book, about classical music.
    It’s fun to read and it’s written in an easy to understand level.

  • Phillip says:

    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Okay, so some of the jokes get a little lame or overused, but holy cow, when I read this book the first time, I was crying with laughter – and dangit, I even learned a thing or…

  • Deo says:

    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Leaves a Bad Taste in the Mouth
    I bought this book a couple of years ago when I was a true classical music dummy. I can tell you that at the time, I enjoyed the history section as a means of giving me a rough…