Know It All Classical Music

The 50 Most Significant Genres, Composers & Forms, Each Explained in Under a Minute

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Pub Date 01 Jun 2017 | Archive Date 29 Aug 2017

Description

From the classical music of the Middle Ages to today, Know It All: Classical Music is your guide to understanding the foundation of this incredible movement in music.

Do you know a capella from zarzuela, or your major from your minor? Can you distinguish between a serenade and a symphony? If you have only one minute, there is time—using Know It All: Classical Music—to understand the creative journey taken by classical music from the Middle Ages to the modern era.

Our early ancestors understood pitch and rhythm and the basic tools that have been worked and ordered by composers and performers over the past 400 years into an extraordinary body of music written for soloists, chamber musicians, and entire orchestras.

From plainsong to program music, appreciate the magnitude and majesty, the passion and the pathos of sounds that have the power to stir our emotions to great joy, or infinite sadness. Here's music to your ears.

The Know It All takes a revolutionary approach to learning about the subjects you really feel you should understand but have never gotten around to studying. Each book selects a popular topic and dissects it into the 50 most significant ideas at its heart. Each idea, no matter how complex, is explained in 300 words and one picture, all digestible in under a minute.

Other titles in this series include: Know It All Anthropology, Know It All Chemistry, Know It All Energy, Know It All Fashion, Know It All Great Inventions, Know It All Jazz, Know It All Medicine, Know It All Shakespeare, Know It All Whiskey, Know It All Wine, Space In 30 Seconds, Sports in 30 Seconds.
 

From the classical music of the Middle Ages to today, Know It All: Classical Music is your guide to understanding the foundation of this incredible movement in music.

Do you know a capella from...


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·      Series pitch to: Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Shelf Awareness, Booklist, Bookriot.  Series presented at ALA.  National Publicity Campaign to top pop culture, book and music media.  



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EDITION Other Format
ISBN 9781577151500
PRICE $14.99 (USD)
PAGES 160

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Featured Reviews

This is a cool little book. A lot of solid information on Classical Music for the layman.

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I thought I knew, if not a lot, at last enough about this topic, instead I learned many new things and mostly some connections I've never made before, plus everything is very clear and the book is full of notions and illustrations that made the subject lighter. If you are interested about classical music, but you don't know where to start, this is a good book for beginners.

Pensavo di sapere, se non tanto, quanto meno parecchio su questo argomento, invece anche stavolta ho imparato parecchie cose nuove e soprattutto collegamenti che non avevo mai fatto; inoltre il libro ha un formato accattivante e le immagini rendono l'argomento piú leggero. Se vi interessa la musica classica, ma in qualche modo non sapete da dove iniziare, questo é un buon libro per i principianti.

THANKS NETGALLEY FOR THE PREVIEW!

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Like the other books in this series, this is layed out in a really fun, interesting, and accessible way, exploring the key concepts and ideas in classical music.

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This is a brief look at classical music for someone not familiar with it. Because it is so short it does not go into depth but instead gives very short and easy to understand information about the different eras of classical music. It uses lots of pictures and highlights many important people in classical music, both composers and performers. I knew a lot that was in the book but was pleasantly surprised to find that I did learn a few new interesting things I had not known before. I also learned about some performers of classical music that I had not heard of. It is an interesting little book.

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This kind of book are always interesting. We learn a lot of things very usefull. A great book for who want to learn more about classical music.

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The first reason I chose this book to read was the synopsis: "The 50 Most Significant Genres, Composers & Forms, Each Explained in Under a Minute." A minute? Complicated stuff explained in an understandable way and can be understood in a short time? OH YES.
The part that I loved most about this book was the pictures. The page design, the elegant graphics all made the content a lot more interesting and attractive. What's better than reading a book that looks good?
Love it.
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Overall: 4.5/5
Cover: 5/5
Content: 5/5 (some concepts were still written in a way too hard to understand)
Writing: 4/5
Appealing: 5/5
Will I buy it? Yeah, probably.

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A know-it-all overview of the history of Western classical music - very useful if you're trying to determine what in the world is currently playing on the classical music channel.

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A fascinating book about music, it's history, and it's terminology. It also includes information about the different time periods of music and it's best musicians. I'd also like to mention that the illustrations we're very interesting too. I recommend for ages 10 & up.
4 stars

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This book makes western classical music accessible to the layman. Not only does it give a chronological history of famous composers and musicians, it also explains the different techniques popularly used in specific periods. The seven sections covered are the Middle Ages, the Renaissance period, Baroque, Classical, 19th Century, late 19th & early 20th century and 20th and 21st century.

Splitting the history of classical music into 7 segments was good because the reader could recognize how western classical music has evolved over time. I particularly liked how each segment was prefaced with a glossary of terms specific to the period. This way, the jargons were introduced in bite-size and I got slowly initiated to the terms which sounded alien to me.

Classical music can be an intimidating subject to learn, but this book gives a great summary and introduces the reader to so many wonderful musicians. The way the content is presented makes the reading fun. I liked how there were notes on the margins and pictures in every other page.

I would highly recommend this book to people who are interested in classical music, who are new to classical music and people who like music in general. To reap the full benefits of this book, I'd suggest enjoying it a page at a time while listening to the music mentioned on the page.

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I really like how this book was organized and laid out. I think it's a great way for people who want to learn the basics of classical music and as a way to dive into more in-depth coverage of it.

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All of the Know-It-All series of books are excellent! Each of them gives a synopsis of the most important things to know on the topic in a brief but well-laid-out manner, and Classical Music is no exception! These books are a good introduction or a good review, as well as a starting place for discovering which topics you'd like to learn more about afterwards -- and then you can get a more in-depth book on just that topic.

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