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These four audio discs, written by Richard Fawkes and read by Robert Powell, chart the music of the western classical tradition, spanning some 14 centuries, from the emergence of Gregorian chant to the sounds of the present day.

The range covered is extraordinary—the sacred and the secular, the massive spectaculars of the opera stage and the darkly intensive world of the string quartet. But there was a gradual development, one that reflected the times in which the composers lived and worked. This History gives an overview, drawing the threads together and providing a background to our present musical experience.

About the Author

Richard Fawkes is a freelance writer and film director. A regular contributor to the magazines Opera Now, Classical Music and The Singer, he has written books on opera, more than fifty documentary scripts, plays for the stage, radio and television, and the librettos for two operas one of which, Survival Song, was nominated for an Olivier Award. Fawkes is also the author of the award winning, The History of Opera, recorded and published by Naxos AudioBooks.

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