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A Guide to the Symphony Paperback – July 27, 1995


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (July 27, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192880055
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192880055
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,782,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author


Robert Layton has been a critic for The Gramophone for thirty years and is co-author with Ivan March and Edward Greenfield of the Penguin Guide to Compact Discs, Cassettes, and LPs.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A. Cox on August 20, 2003
This, with his 'Guide to the Concerto', gives us a well written introduction to the orchestral genre. I would say that, outside of the hugh and expensive: Symphonic Repertoire, this is the best book on the symphony available. Layton's book is very readable and extremely useful; it puts the works in historical, political, geographic and ,of course, musical perspective, it also has excellent coverge of 20th Century works, as well as all the standard stuff. It's is very well structured and I have 'discovered' many new symphonists to listen to, which aren't covered in more popularist books on this subject.
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