Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Classical Music

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For readers who are unsure of the difference between an alto and a contralto, wonder exactly when to applaud at a concert, or aren't even sure what music they should be listening to in the first place, this is the perfect guide

All too often, potential classical music listeners are put off due to its perceived elitism. This book gleefully dispels this notion and many others as it works brilliantly to make classical music not only accessible, but also disarmingly simple and utterly engrossing. It is broken into three sections designed to steer readers through the terminology and etiquette of classical music; open the fascinating history of the genre and its key figures over the last thousand years, showing their sheer brilliance coupled with their very human natures; and provide an indispensible reference guide for any reader, whether they prefer traditional chamber music or sweeping film scores.


Darren Henley is the managing director of Classic FM. Classic FM is the UK's best-loved classical radio station, and its mission is to spread enthusiasm, appreciation, and understanding for classical music. He was named commercial radio programmer of the year in 2009. This is his 20th book about classical music and musicians. Sam Jackson is Classic FM's head of music. They previously collaborated on The Classic FM Hall of Fame.


"A thoroughly enjoyable work that is of value both to the newcomer to classical music as well as the more seasoned aficionado." — New York Journal of Books.com