Item description for Classical Music 101: The Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Classical Music by Fred Plotkin...
Overview Presents a guide to classical music explaining how readers can become expert listeners, exploring more than one thousand years of music by master composers, and considers the contributions of top classic performers.
Publishers Description A Paperback Original.
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 don't consider themselves dummies or idiots, will help the person drawn to the finer things in life (and readers who don't know how to approach them) discover the glories of music.
Citations And Professional Reviews Classical Music 101: The Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Classical Music by Fred Plotkin has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Library Journal - 08/01/2002 page 99
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 01/01/2004 page 520
Library Journal - 08/12/2002
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 12/31/2008 page 676
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.5" Width: 5.25" Height: 8" Weight: 1.3 lbs.
Release Date Sep 18, 2002
ISBN 0786886277 ISBN13 9780786886272
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More About Fred Plotkin
Fred Plotkin is the author of the bestselling and acclaimed Opera 101: A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Opera, which is the standard text in North American for discovering the glories of opera. He writes for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Opera News, Das Opernglas, and Gourmet. He lectures on music for leading institutions, including Columbia University, the Juilliard School, and the Smithsonian. Plotkin is a popular guest on the intermission features of the Chevron Texaco-Metropolitan Opera broadcasts, and many shows on National Public Radio. An expert on Italy, he has written five definitive books on Italian food and wine.
As you listen to this piece close your eyes and try to imagine... YOU DIDNT THROW YOUR MONEY AWAY ON THIS!!!!!! It is long winded and boring. You really dont need someone to teach you how to hear. I fell asleep listening to it. Seriously, buy anything else.
Interesting book, but light on technical terms. Feb 6, 2006
This is certainly an acceptable book on listening to classical music for beginners, and Mr. Plotkin obviously knows a great deal about the subject. However, the author's introductory promise not to treat us like "dummies" or "idiots" (references to other guidebooks he wants to distance himself from), are not wholly kept. I found much value in the content of the book, but the tone of the writing is unbearably "dick and jane-ish" - to the point that I sometimes just had to put the book down and walk away for a while. In particular the lecture on listening is profoundly didactic.
I also was disappointed that there was not more attention paid to the technical terms used for different aspects of classical music. There is definitely no succinct glossary of terms. If you want to know this stuff, I encourage a hunt and peck journey on wikipedia.
One very good feature of the book is an extensive list of concert halls, internet resources, and other bits of ephemera of interest to the classical music novice.
Overall, it's a decent book to own, but I didn't like it enough to recommend.
A New Classical Music Convert Dec 6, 2005
At its core this book teaches you how to listen to classical music. The general format of the book is giving some theory and history, and then has you listen to a piece of music. The author then explains the music and also tells you what to listen for.
For example the book starts off by developing your listening skills. You’ll learn about various instruments in the orchestra and then listen to a few recordings. Then the author teaches you how to interpret the music, and how to form your own ideas about it.
Once the foundation is laid, you’ll learn how to listen to symphonies by various composers. After that you’ll focus on music for a specific instrument - piano, strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion. The last section of the book is about how to listen to vocal music and how to feel music.
One thing to beware of is that you will need access to the music to get the full benefit of the book. I personally used the online music service Rhapsody which had most pieces of music. Another thing is this book is not a quick read, so be prepared to spend a lot of time listening to music.
If you a beginner to classical music I highly recommend this book. My perception of classical music has been forever changed.
Great Book for Beginners!! Jun 14, 2005
If you are a beginner and would like to know about western classical music, this book is a great start. The writing style is clear, explanatory and authoritative. I am a beginner and I am just starting to learn about classical music. I read the book, download music from itunes and then compare my notes with the authors. This gives me a chance to know classical music from a professional. So, if you buy one book on classical music, buy this one, if you buy two books, buy this one and some other book.