Catalogue No: 9780851624679
ISMN: 9780851624679
Shop Product Code: 176741S
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ISBN: 9780851624679

Status: Usually despatched within 7 working days

Arranger: (Henley, D/Lihoreau, T)

Series: Classic FM Pocket Books

Department: Biographies & Reference - Books & Literature (Classical)

Instrumentation: Book

Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes (London)

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An entertaining collection of quips and quirks from the world of classical music.

This informative, engrossing, entertaining and often hilarious book contains nuggets of musical fact you didn't know you needed to know, and useful information you shouldn't be without. It includes a section on celebrated composers as well as potted plots of famous operas, retold as you've never heard them before.

Written by the authors of the Classic FM Pocket Book of Music, this more substantial volume of trivia should be on any serious music-lover's shelves!

"Another fact-packed book produced by Classic FM. . . . full of fascinating tales and trivia about the music profession . . . a perfect gift for anyone with an interest in classical music." —Julian Lloyd-Webber, The Daily Telegraph, August 2005

"From Adagio to Zipoli, by way of Intermezzo and Tavener, this perfect little book takes all the mystique out of classical music, pulling off the trick of being neither pompous nor patronising." —Stephen Fry

"Surely destined to become the most read book on classical music—ever!" —Aled Jones

"In short—great!" —Lesley Garrett


Contents and Reviews

  • 01 About the Authors
  • 02 Introduction
  • 03 Classical music terms
  • 04 Instruments of the orchestra
  • 05 The great composers
  • 06 Ten famous operas -- What's actually going on?
  • 07 Liszts
  • 08 Dinner party trivia
  • 09 Classical quotes
  • 10 Index of composers