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5.0 von 5 Sternen Buy This For Yourself (and then a copy for your friends)
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...
Am 12. August 1997 veröffentlicht

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Informative but rigid
This book presents a wealth of factual information and the author has obviously done a tremendous amount of research on the topic, the problem I have is with the presentation. The author is preoccupied with assigning numerical rankings to the composers and their works and with placing them in a rigid hierarchy: "It is exeedingly bad form to lower any of the seven...
Am 31. Januar 2000 veröffentlicht


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5.0 von 5 Sternen Buy This For Yourself (and then a copy for your friends), 12. August 1997
Von Ein Kunde
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
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great Book On The Often Daunting World Of Classical Music, 18. April 2000
Of all the books I have read on classical music, this one has got to be the most straight forward. Simple to understand for any beginner, it explains, not only some history of the composer, but the most signifigant pieces that composer produced. Thankfully, by the time I read this book, I already knew a great deal about classical music (well music history in general 'cause really there are five different periods reffered to in this book, not just the 'classical' period, those being: Renaissance; Baroque; Classical; Romantic and Twentieth Century). This book shines because it approaches the reader as a human being, knowing full well that not all of us know the meaning of texture and melody, of tone color and form. Phil Goulding is a master at meeting the reader at level, at becoming an equal to the reader. If you are interested in 'Classical' music, than this is an essential book to own, so it can be reffered to on many future occasions. One of my favorite aspects of this book is its ranking of the Top 50 composers of all time, I agree with the Top 3, though not in the order they are in currently: Bach (1); Mozart (2) and Beethoven (3). My list would have Beethoven (1); Mozart and Bach tied in 2nd and Brahms 3rd. Just to let you know. Five out of Five.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Macht Lust auf die Welt der klassischen Musik, 24. August 2014
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Classical Music: The 50 Greatest Composers and Their 1,000 Greatest Works (Kindle Edition)
Eingefleischte Klassik-Puristen dürfte das Grauen überkommen bei dem Gedanken, die großen Komponisten in eine Hitliste der 50 Besten zu zwängen. Doch Goulding macht das so kurzweilig und informativ (dabei nie dogmatisch), dass der Ranking-Trick in diesem Fall bestens funktioniert. Auch für mich als schon langjähriger Liebhaber dieser Musik gab es eine Fülle Neues zu erfahren. Der Autor spannt einen weiten Bogen, und indem er Komponisten und Werke häufig zueinander in Beziehung setzt bekommt man so einen sehr guten Überblick über die Welt der klassischen Musik und kann Epochen, Werke und Komponisten gut einordnen. Dazu gibt es eine Fülle informativer und auch unterhaltsamer Hintergrundinformationen und Anekdoten.
Vor allem aber macht das Buch ganz viel Lust, sich (wieder?) mit klassischer Musik zu befassen bzw. den einen oder anderen Komponisten neu zu entdecken. Es gibt eine gewaltige Fülle von Hör-Empfehlungen, für den Schnelleinstieg hat Goulding zu jedem Komponisten ein "Starterkit" gepackt, was es vor allem Neulingen erleichtern dürfte, schnell Zugang zu finden. Als Einführung in die klassische Musik (dabei durchaus mit Tiefgang) habe ich noch kein so gutes und angenehm zu lesendes Buch gefunden wie dieses.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen very helpful for beginners!, 1. September 1999
Von Ein Kunde
I knew next to nothing about classical music, but wanted to add some to my music collection. Browsing through the classical section in stores got overwhelming in a hurry. This book helped me a great deal to narrow down what CDs to look for. It's easy to read and understand, includes bios of the 50 most popular/important composers and which of their works are the most well-known, popular, or historically important. Also some suggestions on CDs to buy for various works. You don't need to read the chapters on musical history or instruments, but they are interesting and informative.
This same author has a similar book on opera, too. I'm not as interested in building a collection of opera, but I plan on buying the book just to read and educate myself a little more on opera.
Highly recommended as an easy introduction to classical music, or if you're looking to build or expand your classical libary.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Informative but rigid, 31. Januar 2000
Von Ein Kunde
This book presents a wealth of factual information and the author has obviously done a tremendous amount of research on the topic, the problem I have is with the presentation. The author is preoccupied with assigning numerical rankings to the composers and their works and with placing them in a rigid hierarchy: "It is exeedingly bad form to lower any of the seven Demigods to the level of Artists of a High Order, the 21-to-50 group...It is not authorized to drop the 11-to-20 composers from The List. They may be demoted." This type of mathematical juggling may be appealing to beginners approaching Classical music from the sciences, but not for those intimately involved in the arts. Ultimately Goulding comes across as someone who wishes to classify and systematize the body of classical music rather than someone who appreciates it for it's pure art and beauty.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen an excellent book for laymen, 22. Februar 2000
Although interested, I had always been intimidated by the world of classical music. Lots of books seemed to me just pile up tons of terminologies to frighten laymen outside the door of this whole new world. But no longer after i got this book last month.
The book is well organized and words plain enough but not without humor. Each composer is written in some detail, their lives, their compositions and styles, and more. And each is followed by a starter kit which is useful enough if you are not familiar with classical music.
about Sergei Rachmoninoff, he is mentioned briefly, as Anton Bruckner's substitute in the list.
In one word, with this book in hand, i am confident enough that someday i will also be one of the many classical music fans.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen This book changed my life!, 18. Juni 1999
I bought this book back in 1993 because I always loved classical music but knew very little about it. I cannot say enough good things about Goulding's work. The book is funny and well-written, but more importantly well-thought-out. It is is extremely useful and highly, highly recommended for someone who wants to learn about classical music and build a collection. (FYI: As for the previous comment about Rachmoninoff, he is actually in the book, although not listed as a Top 50 in terms of importance and greatness. Goulding apparently agonized over this decision and includes a very funny section about it.)
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Your second book of classical music, 5. September 1996
Von Ein Kunde
This book is a small treasure, especialy if you are appreciating classical music but want to learn more about it. The book tells the intriguing life stories of 50 composers (some would argue if all are realy 'great', but everybody will find some of their liking) and recommends various levels of building a classical library (starting with 5 recordings and up to 20 recommended recording - hence the title reference to 1000 recording). You can use the book to find more composers you may like, more recordings of your favourite composers or just as a good reading book. Highly recommended
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Witty and Well Written, 3. Mai 2000
One of the best things in the book occurs before the author really gets going with the list. In the introduction, he describes how he complied the list. And it's great fun. Making value judgements seem an almost endangered species these days. Instead, here the author talks about his largely self-educative experience with classical music - from knowing nothing to becoming competent enough to write this witty book. Thus, if you are beginning a similarly self-taught journey into the intimidating and often confusing world of classical music, this book is a godsend.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A good introduction to classical music, with one exception, 6. März 1999
Von Ein Kunde
Mr. Goulding's book is a good introduction to classical music. As with all things artistic, there are often differing opinions concerning taste. Mr. Goulding makes one amazing omission. Where is Serge Rachmaninoff? Can there be any doubt that this man is among the top 50 composers ever? This error is not enough to not recommend the book, however. It is enjoyable for the most part.
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