Classical Music for Dummies, 2nd Edition

Haydn, Tchaikovsky, and Brahms, oh, my! The beginner’s guide to classical music.  

Classical Music for Dummies is a friendly, funny, easy-to-understand guide to composers, instruments, orchestras, concerts, recordings, and more. Classical music is widely considered one of the pinnacles of human achievement, and this informative guide will shows you just how beautiful and rewarding it can be. You’ll learn how Bach is different from Beethoven, how Mozart is different still, and why not all “classical” music is actually Classical if it’s really Baroque or Romantic. You’ll be introduced to the composers and their work, and discover the groundbreaking pieces that shake the world every time they’re played. 

Begin building your classical music library with the essential recordings that define orchestral, choral, and operatic beauty as you get acquainted with the orchestras and musicians that bring the composers to life. Whether you want to play classical music or just learn more about it, Classical Music for Dummies will teach you everything you need to know to get the most out of this increasingly popular genre.

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3 thoughts on “Classical Music for Dummies, 2nd Edition”

  1. Let David Pogue be your guide. Be it computer stuff, Beethoven or Bizet. I love whatever David Pogue writes. From all the computer stuff I used to read in the 1990’s to this great marvel of a book, very nicely informative and smooth to the… ear! (only now you have to download the music and there is no CD accompanying it. Then again, who drives a car with an actual CD player anymore…) This is a sequel – so to speak – to the Opera for Dummies, published in the late 1990’s/early 2000’s, which, as a computer nerd knowing David Pogue from his computer nerdish…

  2. Too many silly jokes and not enough substance I have always enjoyed David Pogue’s work,but thie bI have always enjoyed Mr.Pogue’s work,but with book he is trying too hard to get laughs. He is a witty and intelligent writer,he does not need to resort to hammy,silly jibes. He assumes that people enjoy dumb levity,once or twice maybe,but not on a constant basis. A shame really,in between the silliness,there is some useful information to be gleaned. Perhaps he should consider rewriting the book,cut out the silly unfunny jokes and…

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