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The Classical Music Experience: Hear and Discover the Sounds and Stories of 42 Great Composers [With 2 CDs] [Hardcover]

By Julius H. Jacobson (Author)
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The Ultimate Listener's Guide!

There are many books about classical music, but none capture the incredible range of musical styles and sounds as accessibly or in as compelling a way as The Classical Music Experience.

The Classical Music Experience tells the stories of forty-two of the world's most celebrated composers, ranging from Bach, Handel, Mozart and Beethoven to Mahler, Tchaikovsky, Gershwin and Bernstein. It weaves five hundred years of history and music into a rich tapestry of sound and story unlike any other book of its kind.

Read about the composers' lives and works, their passions and inspirations, and then listen to excerpts of their music on the accompanying CDs. In addition to the pieces covered in the book, Dr. Julius H. Jacobson gives recommendations of further works you may wish to listen to and explore on your own.

This is a volume to cherish and to return to again and again as you build your own classical music library and venture out to the symphony hall.

"Every beginner needs a place to begin. For a music lover, what better place to discover more about music than between the pages of another music lover's book? The Classical Music Experience makes it easy by taking you through the history of classical music composer by composer."
--Adam Duritz, lead singer, Counting Crows

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Sourcebooks MediaFusion
Pages   336
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.3" Width: 7.16" Height: 1.17"
Weight:   1.93 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Nov 30, 2002
Publisher   Sourcebooks MediaFusion
ISBN  1570719500  
ISBN13  9781570719509  

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Reviews - What do customers think about The Classical Music Experience: Discover the Music of the World's Greatest Composers?

It's a good start...  Jul 16, 2006
(I'm always a little suspicious when an item- after getting all four and five star ratings- suddenly gets an uninterrupted string of one star reviews.)

As a young musician myself, I can tell you this is a wonderful book for the lay person to approach music. It avoids talking about the music theory of pieces (trust me, if you're a non-musician, this is a very good thing), and gives a good (if brief) look at the lives of composers. I rather welcomed the introduction of the authors knowledge of surgery and medicine when he brought it up- I enjoy hearing about how my favorite composer died.

If you're someone who really likes trivia of all sorts, this is a great book. I wouldn't study for an exam by it, but it is a high quality coffee table or nightstand reader.
Very Disappointed  Nov 27, 2005
This book is organized by composer chronologically. Each chapter contains brief commentaries of each composer and one or two major works. The two included CD's have excerpts of these pieces, along with some brief narration. What seems like a good idea turns into something wretched in the hands of this author.

The author is a surgeon who isn't shy about sharing his medical knowledge throughout the book. For example if the composer died of heart problems, the author will break and tell you about that condition. For a book covering forty-two composers this should have been left out. The author also introduces prejudices and negative opinions about many composers which is distracting. This makes the author's writing style unfocused and he tends to jump all over the place.

A better introduction to classical music is Fred Plotkin's "Classical Music 101". With this book and a subscription to Rhapsody music service, you'll have a more enjoyable experience.
I didn't care for it, either.  Sep 9, 2005
Since we seem to be piling on this poor fellow, I thought this to be the most bizarre publication I have seen in years. I agree that the author is entirely too full of himself, even to the point that the purpose of the book seems to be to glorify himself, rather than to address the purported subject of the book.

Aside from that, the approach of the book seems so scatterbrained that a lot of what he says doesen't mean much unless you already know the subject matter pretty well. It's just too much of a fact here and a fact there thrown in among the author's obvious prejudices about who you will enjoy listening to and who you will not. I may not be as big a fan of the Goulding book as someone else here who has recommended it, but it is much better written, organised and filled with useful information. In fact, much of the content of the Jacobson book is so sketchy that it will make a lot more sense if you read something like Goulding first.

On the other hand, if you have already read Goulding or the like, you probably don't need this book anyway, unless you just like to hear authors talk of themselves.
Keep your money  Sep 8, 2005
I've worked in public radio long enough to have read a number of these types of books regarding which this author rather naively maintains his to be the first of it's kind. The only remarkable thing about this work is that the author has rendered such a poorly written attempt, yet managed to remain so full of himself. Read the Goulding book, instead.
Great place to start if you are new to classical music  Mar 31, 2005
Taking full advantage of the ability to bind a CD into a book, The Classical Music Experience offers and opportunity to read about classical composers and listen to appropriate example of their works. The book portion covers all the composers that you would expect in a work on classical music. These include Palestrina, Bach, Handel, Hayden, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Berlioz, Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Chopin, Schumann, Strauss, Liszt, Wagner, Smetana, Bruckner, Brahms, Bizet, Bruch, Musorgsky, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Grieg, Rimsky-Korsakov, Elgar, Mahler, Debussy, Strauss, Sibelius, Vaughan, Schoenberg, Ives, Ravel, Orff, Bartok, Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Gershwin, Poulenc, Copland, Shostakovich, and Bernstein.

For each composer the author gives information on their history, most important pieces, and an analysis of their work as well as several examples on the CD. Each time they are discussing a track on the CD it is clearly identified as such in the text and the specific CD and track listed so you can easily find it and listen while reading that section.

This is as fine of an introduction to the world as classical music as you are likely to find anywhere. A thoroughly enjoyable education in classical music,
The Classical Music Experience is highly recommended.

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