Thank you, Ken and Bob. All very interesting recommendations.
-- Tom Fine
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From: "Ken Fritz" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Saturday, July 05, 2008 9:39 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] classical music overview/history
> Hi Tom,
> 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
> an agenda!
> 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