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A Companion to the Symphony.

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711014 1). Robert Layton has both edited and contributed to this invaluable book for music lovers. It contains authoritative essays on all major symphonists up to and including Beethoven; then on all composers of symphonies from Haydn to Tippett in detail, with reference to less well known and unjustly neglected figures. All contributors are acknowledged experts in their fields, such as H. C. Robbins Landon (Haydn and Mozart), David Brown (Tchaikovsky), Richard Osborne (Rossini and Beethoven) and the editor, Robert Layton, (Scandinavian music). The analyses are penetrating and readable, aimed at the concert goer and record collector, avoiding technical language but enabling the reader to broaden his repertoire whilst learning much about the evolution of the symphony.
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Date:Sep 1, 1993
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