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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 unde 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.


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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 unde 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.

43 review for Know It All Classical Music: The 50 Most Significant Genres, Composers & Forms, Each Explained in Under a Minute

  1. 5 out of 5

    Anusha Narasimhan

    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 and composition styles 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 coul 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 and composition styles 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 classical music enthusiasts, people 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. Note: I received a free copy of the book from the publisher. This has not influenced my review in any way.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Amy Nicole

    I learned so much from reading this even though it really just scratched the surface of classical music history. I was surprised by how much information was packed into this small book. The book is organized into seven sections: - The Middle Ages - The Renaissance - Baroque - Classical - The 19th Century - The Late 19th & Early 20th Centuries - The 20th & 21st Centuries Each section tells facts about composers, famous works, special motifs, and specific vocabulary of that time period. It also features I learned so much from reading this even though it really just scratched the surface of classical music history. I was surprised by how much information was packed into this small book. The book is organized into seven sections: - The Middle Ages - The Renaissance - Baroque - Classical - The 19th Century - The Late 19th & Early 20th Centuries - The 20th & 21st Centuries Each section tells facts about composers, famous works, special motifs, and specific vocabulary of that time period. It also features a modern musician/composer who dedicates their time to creating or cataloguing that era of music. Some of the later “sections” of music were a bit more choppy and focused on styles more than individual composers, but I still learned a lot. I also really liked the interesting collage illustrations that were on every other page. It helped to visualize the composers, but it was also interesting to see how staff notation changed over time. Some things that really stuck out to me: — Music was originally thought to be a type of math when Pythagorus noticed that different sized hammers create different notes when slammed on an anvil. — Gregorian chants were said to be transcribed straight from the Holy Spirit - in the form of a dove humming into St. Gregory’s ear. — Early written pieces of music focused on creating a baseline of music and encouraged improvisation from musicians for the rest of the harmonies. — The piano was invented in 1700 (and later refined in the 1800s) as an instrument that could produce both soft (piano) and loud (forte) sounds. — I really hate minimalist music, and I think Steve Reich’s musical art is very bad. I was given a copy of this ebook from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Etienne

    Not so sure what to think about it. The book is great, well made and we learn new stuff, especially if you know little about classical music. Everything is okay with the book itself. What's bother me is the look-a-like with the 30 seconds books collections (which I love a lot). It's exactly the same. So I'm not sure if the collection just put on some new look and new brand or if it some kind of copy they make. If it's a new look I'm of course alright with it, but if it's a copy of the collection Not so sure what to think about it. The book is great, well made and we learn new stuff, especially if you know little about classical music. Everything is okay with the book itself. What's bother me is the look-a-like with the 30 seconds books collections (which I love a lot). It's exactly the same. So I'm not sure if the collection just put on some new look and new brand or if it some kind of copy they make. If it's a new look I'm of course alright with it, but if it's a copy of the collection it's just not right and not something you should be allow to do. I didn't find answer to my question so if you have please feel free to comment and share your wisdom with me and if know just be careful.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Marjolein

    3.5 Stars Read all my reviews on http://urlphantomhive.booklikes.com Know it all Classical Music brings you 50 topics, from different eras of Western classical music in about 30 seconds each. The nice thing about it is that you get to learn a lot of different things in a short amount of time. Of course, the extent of information that can be learned in this style is rather limited. So I would see this, and other works in the series, more like an introduction to the topic. I got some nice little f 3.5 Stars Read all my reviews on http://urlphantomhive.booklikes.com Know it all Classical Music brings you 50 topics, from different eras of Western classical music in about 30 seconds each. The nice thing about it is that you get to learn a lot of different things in a short amount of time. Of course, the extent of information that can be learned in this style is rather limited. So I would see this, and other works in the series, more like an introduction to the topic. I got some nice little facts from this collection, and also thought the layout was nicely done. Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

  5. 4 out of 5

    GONZA

    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 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!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany W.

    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. ---------------------- Ove 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. ---------------------- 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. *I received an ARC copy from NetGalley.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Pam Mooney

    A masterpiece in its own right. I love music and am a life learner of all genres. I loved the format so very well put together so I could sneak ahead to my favorites and then come back. I have particular favorite genres that I just must read first but I certainly enjoyed all 50 and the biographies were so interesting. As an educator I truly liked the related topics and "expert". Very well illustrated and a good read.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia Smith

    So much information is contained in this little book ranging from Middle Ages to the 21st Century music, interesting profiles of musicians, definitions of forms, this book has it all. It could be ponderous but instead is a quick, concise, one-minute explanation. Dr. Cormac has put it all together in an easy to understand, fun read.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kristine

    Know It All: Classical Music by Dr. Joanne Cormac & David Pickard et. al. is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early July. Dr. Cormac and Pickard chart the chronological evolution of classical music through its composers, performers, and styles, i.e. baroque, film scores, Liszt, chamber music, and the Middle Ages. Know It All: Classical Music by Dr. Joanne Cormac & David Pickard et. al. is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early July. Dr. Cormac and Pickard chart the chronological evolution of classical music through its composers, performers, and styles, i.e. baroque, film scores, Liszt, chamber music, and the Middle Ages.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    Fun book with 50 short selections dealing with composers, genres, and issues about classical music.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Davianna

    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 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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