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About the Author

R. J. Stove, born in 1961 in Sydney, is a professional organist and composer in Melbourne. His previous books are Prince of Music: Palestrina and His World and The Unsleeping Eye: Secret Police and Their Victims. He is a contributing editor at the American Conservative, and his articles have appeared in Modern Age, the New Criterion, Chronicles, National Review, the National Observer (Australia), and elsewhere. He has also broadcast on Sydney and Melbourne radio.
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Product Details

  • Series: Preston A. Wells Jr. Guide to the Major Disciplines
  • Paperback: 90 pages
  • Publisher: Intercollegiate Studies Institute (January 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933859415
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933859415
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #537,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Music is as old as humanity itself, and to some, just may be older than that. "A Student's Guide to Music History" covers from the early middle ages and onwards, focusing on classical music's development since then. Origins of the Plainchant, differences between secular and sacred music, and origins of opera are all covered, as are intriguing portraits of many famous composers such as Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, and Strauss among others. Any one with interest in the great strides of classical music over the centuries should look into "A Student's Guide to Music History", which should be in every community library music collection.
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I've enjoyed this book so much, and give great credit to both the author and publisher. It is intelligent, charming, and incredibly informative given its size. I'm using it in a class with some young teens, and they have loved it -- even if it is a bit over their level.
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Eurocentric it certainly is, but you will not read a more informative, judicious, concise, indeed subtly brilliant account of the masters of music than this. The publishing person who has slotted this into the 9-13 year-old age range needs to get into a different line of work. The young should certainly be encouraged to read it. But Stove weaves his most potent magic for grown-up minds. Stunning.
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Most books in the arena of Classical Music, though very good in their own respects, usually cover a little of the pre-Baroque era through the musical compositions of say Stravinsky (Rites of Spring) and Aaron Copland (Appalachian Spring). They tend to deal with the greats, such as Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Lizst and so many others. In this, they would be right. The first thing that strikes me about Stove's book is he takes it into the modern era with names that took the Classical efforts into new and strange orchestral compositions. Another element within the confines of the book we get to know their personalities making them human, despite the fact they dealt with grander visions of imagination than most of us will ever know. The writing is not pedantic. It does not take the time to list each and every work of the composer; other books will attempt to do just that. It leads you along in a readable way and gives the reader a very nice overview of the composers, their eras, the influences, and their humanity. The book takes the iconic, along with the essential technical aspects of music, and presents the material into a format that you can understand and appreciate. I like this work and would highly recommend it for all who lose themselves with the strains of music that transcend and go beyond the inanities of our normal lives. If you have always been curious about Classical Music and why the rest of us appear to be so lost in the past, this is your chance to understand the grandeur and glory of Orchestral Music.
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I really enjoyed the abbreviated history, it's a great overview without too much detail and an enjoyable read.
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