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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Music History (Complete Idiot's Guides (Lifestyle Paperback)) Paperback – July 1, 2008
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An excellent book and fascinating. Clearly defines the different ages of classic music such as The Romantic period, The Baroque period, Classic period etc.
Taught me a lot about music history and made me want to learn even more.
When people start talking about music, the reader will have a good knowledge to contribute to the conversation.
If there is one regard that the book is most lacking, it would be the evolution of certain instruments, such as the guitar, the pipe organ, the violin, the piano, the trumpet, the flute, and the drumset. A couple minor personal gripes are that he leaves out mention of John Dowland (very important renaissance composer), there is only a brief mention of Mancini who is also really important, he doesn't mention the use of vibrato in music (very important but never rarely ever mentioned point, especially how opera singers are screwing up the music BIG TIME!!!), and equal temperament vs. just intonation, but those are mere trifles. I think most people will really like the book and enjoy the author's sense of humor, and I really like the timelines at the end of chapters which places the music in the context of historical events--very nice touch!
The best thing about this book is that it doesn't focus just on Classical music or just on modern popular music, it covers everything from Ancient Egyptian and Mesopotamian music to Rap and modern World Music. Most of the books I found before this one were only focused on one major type of music (classical, pop/rock). I appreciate that this book is much more inclusive and discusses how one style led to another.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great Book...! More than I bargained for. There are many cultures represented here that provide their musical heritage. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Gerry Saddler
The book doesn't come with a CD with music clips you can listen to, or online. Instead each chapter has just a list of albums/CDs without a comment on availability or indication... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Aronicum
I'm about half way through this book. I'm really in to it. I got the Kindle version. Don't be fooled by the 'complete idiot's guide' name. This book is packed with information. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Marc
Not the kind of book i was looking for! It focuses too much on the dry history of music; lists all the important composers and their famous compositions. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Bach
Good review of world and European music history. Enjoyed the depth of the Baroque and Classical periods. Lots of detail on Western music. A brief review of world music follows.Published 11 months ago by Randy Rice
Contains a lot of information, although has no colors. But liked it because it talks about the "merengue," which roots are from the Dominican Republic.Published 13 months ago by Jacqueline
This book is perfect for anyone wanting to get a basic overview of Music History.Published 18 months ago by Tammye L. Dove