How to learn about classical music

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Classical Music 101: A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Classical Music by Fred Plotkin

The author who has taught tens of thousands of people to love opera now introduces readers to the rich and soul-stirring world of classical music.

For anyone who is aching to discover classical music, this comprehensive and accessible book is the ideal teacher. Writing in the clear and highly entertaining prose that made Opera 101 the standard text in its field, Fred Plotkin--music expert, teacher, lecturer, and famous author--presents classical music in a way that respects both the reader and the art form. In Classical Music 101:

The reader will discover how to become an expert listener, which is essential for learning to love classical music.
A thousand years of music are explored, with emphasis on great works in all styles. Significant composers will be profiled in depth, including Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, and many more.
Important musicians, such as pianist Emanuel Ax, singer Marilyn Horne, and conductor James Levine, speak about their art in interviews.
Classical Music 101, the newest addition to a highly successful series intended for readers who dont consider themselves dummies or idiots, will help the person drawn to the finer things in life (and readers who dont know how to approach them) discover the glories of music.
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How to Listen to Classical Music: General Ideas

The best classical music for beginners

Do you want to find out more about Mozart, try out some Tchaikovsky or sample of Stravinsky? Here's our classical music guide to the pieces we think are the perfect place to start. Classical music is a very broad term that includes almost everything written over the past 1, years… so where to start? Well here are some of our favourite pieces that, we think, provide the perfect introduction to the wonderful, rich, varied world of classical music. But this one is by far the most famous. The Planets is piece for orchestra in seven sections, or movements, by Gustav Holst. Each movement is inspired by one of the planets and their characteristics as defined by astrology.


Using a simple and enjoyable teaching style, this course introduces the novice listener to the wonders of classical music, from Bach fugues to Mozart symphonies to Puccini operas. Every day around the world, billions of people listen to music of one sort or another, and millions listen to Western classical music.

Although it is grossly inaccurate to say that classical music is elevator music, the two terms are similar in one way. They are both a generic term applied to a type of music. Classical music encompasses many styles of music spanning over years. The term classical music originates from the Latin term classicus , meaning taxpayer of the highest class. Many styles of music exist within classical music ; the most recognizable being the symphony , opera , choral works , chamber music, Gregorian chant, the madrigal, and the Mass.

2 thoughts on “Classical Music 101: A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Classical Music by Fred Plotkin

  1. So, you want to explore classical music? And if you learn why Mozart's Requiem or Beethoven's Fifth means so much to one person, you may.

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