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If It Ain't Baroque: More Music History As It Ought To Be Taught [Paperback]

David Barber , Dave Donald
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Book Description

October 1, 1992

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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About the Author

David Barber is a journalist, author, composer and performer who lives and works in Toronto.

Dave Donald works as an art director for a Toronto-based national magazine.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Sound And Vision; 1St Edition edition (October 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0920151159
  • ISBN-13: 978-0920151150
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,327,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For its goal, easily a 5! January 29, 2003
By A. Lee
I was unfamiliar with Barber's works and from the title expected the book to accompany my Mus 312 class on Baroque Music History and focus completely on that. (whoops) The book's real goal is a comical approach to music history in its entirety. None the less, I still read the book and enjoyed it immensely. I wish I would have had this (and now Barber's other books which I also highly recommend) for my Mus 100 class (Introduction to Music Masterpieces). Barber's books take the information a textbook offer in an easygoing and funny way. Had my professor assigned all of Barber's Music History books together instead of a normal textbook for an Introduction to Music History, I would have left with the same knowledge a textbook offers but having enjoyed many more laughs along the way. Informative yet funny, how can you lose with that?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It ain't broke October 23, 2009
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This second book of music history is just as good and as funny as the first, Bach, Beethoven and the Boys - Tenth Anniversary Edition!: Music History As It Ought To Be Taught. More about musical genres than composers, it takes one on hilarious whirlwind tour of music from the earliest times to the present. Dave Donald's illustrations add a humorous touch all their own. Another "must have" book for any music lover.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Renaissance ROCKS! September 19, 2014
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Ordered this book from a used book seller through Amazon with no problems or complaints. The book arrived in a timely manner and was exactly as the seller listed it as "used-in good condition".
Author David W. Barber really knows his 'stuff'; he is very knowledgeable in music history and music theory. Plus, he has a 'dry' sense of humor that I connect with. The only negative for me was having to deal with footnotes on almost every page. Not that that's a bad thing; it's not because most all the jokes were in the footnotes. But having to glance down at the bottom of the page to read the footnote and then visually jump back to the next sentence was a bit tiresome for this grumpy old dude.
On the positive side- I will be forever grateful to Mr. Barber for introducing me to Renaissance choral music. I'm hooked on Thomas Tallis, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina and The Tallis Scholars (who so brilliantly perform this beautiful music). I'm off to seek out Mr. Barber's other books. Very humorous and very educational at the same time.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic fingers July 6, 2009
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A great CD from a Great Artist... He teaches at the CSUS Jazz Camp with the Widner Band and is as good a teacher as he is an artist ... Would highly recommend this CD .....
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8 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a very good sequel indeed May 4, 2000
David Barber wrote Bach beethoven and the Boys some years ago. Since then he has added When the Fat Lady sings and even more recently If it Ain't BAroque.
While the first book metioned deals with Music History as a history of personae, here composers in the newer book he covers the same territory from another angle of view. This Music history is compiled from Genres. It was hardly evitable to tell some tales he had told again and all in all it is funny and instructive. Only for readers knowing the former two books some jokes were rubbed out already.
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