Declassified

A Low-Key Guide to the High-Strung World of Classical Music

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Pub Date 11 Oct 2022 | Archive Date 11 Oct 2022
PENGUIN GROUP Putnam, G.P. Putnam's Sons

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The best masterclass in classical music you never knew you needed.

Arianna Warsaw-Fan Rauch’s life-long fascination with classical music has taken her through Juilliard and into the shiny world of symphony halls and international concert tours. She’s loved classical music her whole life. But she’s also hated classical music her whole life. After all, if you can like Beyoncé without liking Bieber, you can certainly like Brahms without liking Bach—especially since they were born 148 years apart and the thing we call “classical music” is really just centuries of compositions shoved into one hodge-podge of a genre.
 
In Declassified, Warsaw-Fan Rauch blows through the cobwebs of elitism and exclusion and invites everyone to love and hate this music as much as she does. She offers a backstage tour of the industry and equips you for every listening scenario, covering: the 7 main compositional periods (even the soul-crushingly depressing Medieval period), a breakdown of the instruments and their associated personality types (apologies to violists and conductors), what it’s like to be a musician at the highest level (it’s hard), how to steal a Stradivarius (and make no money in the process), and when to clap during a live performance (also: when not to). Declassified cheekily demystifies the world of High Art while making the case that classical music matters, perhaps now more than ever.
The best masterclass in classical music you never knew you needed.

Arianna Warsaw-Fan Rauch’s life-long fascination with classical music has taken her through Juilliard and into the shiny world of...

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This was fascinating! It expertly teaches that classical music matters, perhaps now more than ever. I learned so much. I highly recommend this captivating read. Many thanks to the author, publisher, and NetGalley for the advanced copy of the book.

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Disclosure : I received a free ARC of this book through Netgalley from the publisher. What follows is my honest opinion.

Arianna Warsaw-Fan Rauch was born into the world of classical music. Her father a concert pianist and her mother an English teacher with a love for the genre exposed her to the beauty of classical music from the moment she entered the world. At the age of two, Arianna was so taken with the Queen of the Nights aria from Mozart's The Magic Flute that she sang it at the top of her lungs until she was physically incapable of doing so. Her parents would say this is the moment she decided to pick up the Violin, but Arianna disputes this as a family legend. Regardless as a toddler, Arianna began the training that would lead her to The Julliard School and a career as a world-class violinist. However, despite her academic and professional achievements at some point, Arianna forgot why she loved the music she had dedicated her life to. In Declassified Ms. Warsaw-Fan Rauch invites the reader to discover their love for classical music as she tells the story of how she made her way back to it by quitting her professional musical career. Part memoir and part how-to guide, Declassified is the perfect book for anyone interested in classical music.

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