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Buy This For Yourself (and then a copy for your friends)
am 12. August 1997
That is what I have done. I bought the hardcopy back on 1994 and it was just an absolute revelation. I had been keen to tackle the rather daunting realm of classical music for some time but to be honest I did not know where to start, and no framework upon which to build up a working knowledge of what I might like and dislike. I had no idea where Wagner and Strauss and Brahms fit relative to Handel, Bach or Haydn.
As soon as I picked up this book and read the introduction I knew I was in the right place. This is a book written from the perspective of someone who loves music, and knows a great deal about it, but never talks down to the neophyte or over their heads. The general text is extremely helpful and humourous and contains a lot more insight than could be expected form an overview type of book. To me music has always had an element of excitement as the thrill of discovery of a new lifelong friend in each 'classic' discovered. Mr Goulding captures that excitement and never allows the weight of expert opinion to weigh down his enjoyment of many pieces derided by familiarity in many other publications. The title itself is a challenge to the refined sensibilities of the music snob who go pale and faint at the audacity of this man. Make no mistake this is a fantastic introduction to a vast range of composers and their work pulled of with wit and authority. To date, I have purchased 6 copies as gifts and without exception all recipients have loved it. Right now I am about to order his book on the Opera