I have two books I feel cover just about everything you're looking
for and maybe a little bit more, however, composers are listed in
both books alphabetically, not chronologically.
" The Gramophone Guide To Classical Composers," by Lionel Salter.
It has information covering 400 years of Classical Music and covers
over 130 composers.
A far more complete book is "The NPR Listener's Encyclopedia Of
Classical Music," by Ted Libbey. This book contains 1,500 entries, a
dedicated website with over 75 hours of selected music. Practically
anyone with a connection to classical music and hair longer than a
crew cut seems to have been included. Even though this book is
written by someone from NPR, it seems to have been written WITHOUT
I picked them both up at Barnes and Nobel.
happy reading, Ken
On Jul 5, 2008, at 9:06 AM, Tom Fine wrote:
> I figure this is as good as any group to ask ...
> I'm looking for a concise but complete book that details the
> history of classical music. I'm not really interested in a guide to
> recordings or one man's opinions of various works, but rather a
> chronological history of the development of the music, from the
> "early music" up well into the 20th century. Again, I'm not
> interested in a critique or an agenda, but a history and chronology.
> Thanks in advance for any recommendations.
> -- Tom Fine