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All Music Guide to Classical Music: The Definitive Guide to Classical Music.


All music guide to classical music; the definitive guide to classical music.

Ed. by Chris Woodstra et al.

CMP Books


1607 pages




For music lovers and general readers, this heavy volume consists of biographical entries on classical music composers and performers, organized alphabetically, along with descriptions of selected works of composers and opera and ballet synopses, when applicable. Recommended album information is included. Some entries feature several works that are discussed--such as the ones on Mozart and Beethoven spanning several pages--while others have a brief overview or focus on the style and historical background of just one piece. Other examples: Philip Glass, Robert Schumann, Amy Beach, Erich Kunzel, and Luciano Pavarotti. Twenty-three essays on periods and genres round out the book.

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