Status: Usually despatched within 24 - 48 hours
Arranger: (Henley, D/Lihoreau, T)
Series: Classic FM Pocket Books
Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes (London)
Buy Together For: $11.86
The Classic FM Pocket Book of Music may be tiny enough to keep in your pocket but it's also stuffed full of facts you always wanted to know about music - not always expressed entirely objectively (e.g. "the bassoon's just like a didgeridoo wearing too much jewellery"). It attacks 125 subjects ranging from Beethoven to film music, and answers some long overdue questions along the way, such as "why are conductors like support tights?". All this in one tiny book: if it had seams, they'd be bursting.
"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
"The book is full of informative and amusing facts, making it a light and pleasurable read, with good synopses and some tongue-in-cheek remarks."
(Music Teacher, February 2004)
"Love it - its stuffed full of great dinner party stories. Don't know whether to model myself on Debussy, and have lots of lovers killing themselves for me, or Vivaldi and his travelling menage a trois. But the Massenet pun is awful."
Rating: 27/08/2003 By: John Pointer
"Don't be fooled by the size of this book - it's absolutely packed full of facts about classical music. I've been a fan of Classic FM for years and now have an extensive CD library and regularly attend concerts. I've learnt all sorts of gems from the book - and it even made me smile too. I'm buying copies for a couple of my friends who are interested in getting into classical music because I think they'll enjoy it just as much as an old hand like me."
Rating: 29/08/2003 By: James
"I never knew that there was so much I didn't know about classical music. Every page has a great nugget of information. The way it's written means that these stories really stick in your mind...it's the antithesis of my music lessons at school!"
Rating: 06/09/2003 By: Thomas Land