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Many entertaining (and entirely true!) facts await your discovery as bestselling author David W. Barber takes you on another delightful romp through the pages of music history - as it ought to be taught.


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Many entertaining (and entirely true!) facts await your discovery as bestselling author David W. Barber takes you on another delightful romp through the pages of music history - as it ought to be taught.

30 review for If It Ain't Baroque: More Music History as It Ought to Be Taught

  1. 5 out of 5

    Abolfazl Sheybani

    خيلى عاليه مثل كتاب اولش 👌🏻

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ali

    This is the most entertaining and educational book on music history! I am not saying it is the most educational book, because, of course there are many more comprehensive books on music history than this one. But like I said, it is the most entertaining & educational book on the subject, and great for those of us who enjoy classical music, but I think it is a great book to start with if you are interested in the subject, because it will make you laugh and you will memorize and learn things just This is the most entertaining and educational book on music history! I am not saying it is the most educational book, because, of course there are many more comprehensive books on music history than this one. But like I said, it is the most entertaining & educational book on the subject, and great for those of us who enjoy classical music, but I think it is a great book to start with if you are interested in the subject, because it will make you laugh and you will memorize and learn things just from the way it is written. The title alone is funny! There are 3 Parts - Part One: Overture. This has three chapters - Chapter One discusses using the term 'classical' music as a general term and not for the true definition of music written between the Baroque and the Romantic Era of 1750-1850. Chapter Two: Really Early Music. Self explanatory ... he goes back to the Stone Age, Ancient Chinese traditions, Tribal Africa and speaks about music existing before it was written down! Chapter Three: The Big Picture. In this chapter Mr. Barber goes back to the history of western European music beginning with the fourth century history with the Gregorian chant and ends with Stravinsky (1882-1971) and speaks of the better known composers in-between. It is only 5 pages and as he puts it, '... a crash course in 1500 years of musical history in about as many words. Whew!' In fact, all of the chapters are short. Between 1.5 and 12 pages, so lots of informations jammed pack into concise, informative pages. Part Two: Sects Education (haha, he's a nut!) Chapter Four: Chants Encounter (haha) Chapter Five: A Word or Two About Motets Chapter Six: Achieving Critical Mass Chapter Seven: Deathly Passion Chapter Eight: Great Oration Part Three: Wordly Goods (he'a great player of words!) Chapter Nine: Traditional Blunt Instruments Chapter Ten: Let's Sing Madrigals, Guys Chapter Eleven: Arias of Influence (haha, seriously, you will laugh aloud throughout reading) Chapter Twelve: Shall We Dance Chapter Thirteen: Concerted Efforts Chapter Fourteen: Keyboard Input Chapter Fifteen: Orchestral Manoeuvres (In The Dark And Otherwise) Chapter Sixteen: Coda I doubt there is anything more I need to add to my review, because the book is what the subtitle says it is ... 'More Music History as It Ought to Be Taught.' ... in a fun and engaging way as all subjects should be taught. So, to me this book is not just for those of us who enjoy 'Classical Music' and music history, but for teachers to read to learn a new way of teaching their students to hold their attention and interest in any subject! Thanks Mr. Barber for another 'fun' book! *I approve of this author and recommend his work*

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kulturalnie z Anią

    🎶🎵Pozytywnie mnie zaskoczyła ! Zdecydowanie płynniej i przyjemniej się czyta historię muzyki opartą na formach,stylach czy instrumentach,niż tę o kompozytorach ("Bach,Beethoven i inne chłopaki") 🎶🎵Pozytywnie mnie zaskoczyła ! Zdecydowanie płynniej i przyjemniej się czyta historię muzyki opartą na formach,stylach czy instrumentach,niż tę o kompozytorach ("Bach,Beethoven i inne chłopaki")

  4. 5 out of 5

    TheRose

    Absolutely hysterical! A must-read for all fans of "Classical" music! OK, maybe just the ones with a sense of humor... Absolutely hysterical! A must-read for all fans of "Classical" music! OK, maybe just the ones with a sense of humor...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lancen Davis Harms

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. big wigs? fuguet about it

  6. 4 out of 5

    Thecritic

    I loved this book. If you are into music, read it. If you are not into music, read it.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ulana32

    Zygzakiem przez muzykę

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mary Catelli

    A short, humorous but accurate, illustrated history of classical music. Starting with a discussion of the term itself -- which of course compromises not only its own Classical era, but the Baroque, the Romantic, etc. And then into the history of forms. The Gregorian chant. Motets. The Mass, with all its parts. Oratorios. Madrigals, ballet, etc. Divided into the opening ones on sacred music and the later ones on secular stuff. Musical instruments, which are categorized into those you blow, those yo A short, humorous but accurate, illustrated history of classical music. Starting with a discussion of the term itself -- which of course compromises not only its own Classical era, but the Baroque, the Romantic, etc. And then into the history of forms. The Gregorian chant. Motets. The Mass, with all its parts. Oratorios. Madrigals, ballet, etc. Divided into the opening ones on sacred music and the later ones on secular stuff. Musical instruments, which are categorized into those you blow, those you scrape, and those you hit. (Yes he gives fancier names for those categories -- two sets of them in fact.) The problems of standardization. You try to persuade a goat to grow standard-size horns. One way was to get the same maker to make them all, and those were common enough that a case of flutes, say, was understood to be a matched set by the same maker (who sent them along in a case). Another chapter deal with the evolution of the pianoforte -- nowadays just the piano -- both coming from its chief selling point, that unlike earlier keyboard instruments it could be vary its volume. Lots of interesting stuff. Better than his earlier book, actually, because it concentrates on the music instead of the biographies of those involved.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Danny

    Years ago my friend Jay Dougherty, who then taught music at Del Sol H S here in Las Vegas let me take this music history text out of the choir room. I figured since today was his birthday and I was mostly done reading it I would finish it and take it off the long list of books "with a book mark in the middle" that litter my house. The book was entertaining, but forgettable. Jay and his wife are missed. (I guess I'd better figure out a way to sneak this book back to Del Sol since the stamp on the Years ago my friend Jay Dougherty, who then taught music at Del Sol H S here in Las Vegas let me take this music history text out of the choir room. I figured since today was his birthday and I was mostly done reading it I would finish it and take it off the long list of books "with a book mark in the middle" that litter my house. The book was entertaining, but forgettable. Jay and his wife are missed. (I guess I'd better figure out a way to sneak this book back to Del Sol since the stamp on the back clearly says it's their property!)

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lily

    A fun read and educational too. I love how the book tracks music through history...like ancient history!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ilia Vakili

    این کتاب دوقلوی کتاب "باخ، بتهوون و باقی بر و بچه ها" هستش و هر کدوم رو که خوندین باید اون یکی رو هم بخونین. این کتاب دوقلوی کتاب "باخ، بتهوون و باقی بر و بچه ها" هستش و هر کدوم رو که خوندین باید اون یکی رو هم بخونین.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Peter

    More fun music history bits and anecdotes.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Judith

    A fun and irreverent romp through music history. (140 pages in 16 short chapters) I like to give this or _Bach, Beethoven and the Boys_ to music students to whet their appetites for music history.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    For anyone who knows anything about baroque music...extremely funny and interesting book. Fast, easy read!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jorge

    An indepth sequel to Barber's previous book. So many more randomly entertaining information. An indepth sequel to Barber's previous book. So many more randomly entertaining information.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte

    What a great book. Read it while in grad school. It's total irreverence brought great guffaws of laughter. What a great book. Read it while in grad school. It's total irreverence brought great guffaws of laughter.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Amstutz

  18. 5 out of 5

    W. Zinn

  19. 4 out of 5

    Shiva

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nina

  21. 4 out of 5

    Liz Ferguson

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

  23. 5 out of 5

    Alan Beggerow

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kim Whitney

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kerry

  26. 4 out of 5

    Amelia

  27. 5 out of 5

    Adrien

  28. 4 out of 5

    Angie

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kiumars Azimi

  30. 4 out of 5

    Steve

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