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Classical Music For Dummies

Pogue, David / Speck, Scott

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3. Edition March 2022
384 Pages, Softcover
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ISBN: 978-1-119-84774-8
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Classical music was never meant to be an art for snobs!

In the 1700s and 1800s, classical music was popular music. People went to concerts with their friends, they brought snacks and drinks, and cheered right in the middle of the concert.

Well, guess what? Three hundred years later, that music is just as catchy, thrilling, and emotional.

From Bach to Mozart and Chopin, history's greatest composers have stood the test of time and continue to delight listeners from all walks of life. And in Classical Music For Dummies, you'll dive deeply into some of the greatest pieces of music ever written. You'll also get:
* A second-by-second listening guide to some of history's greatest pieces, annotated with time codes
* A classical music timeline, a field guide to the orchestra, and listening suggestions for your next foray into the classical genre
* Expanded references so you can continue your studies with recommended resources
* Bonus online material, like videos and audio tracks, to help you better understand concepts from the book

Classical Music For Dummies is perfect for anyone who loves music. It's also a funny, authoritative guide to expanding your musical horizons--and to learning how the world's greatest composers laid the groundwork for every piece of music written since.

Introduction 1

About This Book 1

Foolish Assumptions 2

Icons Used in This Book 2

Beyond the Book 3

Where to Go from Here 4

Part 1: Getting Started With Classical Music 5

Chapter 1: Prying Open the Classical Music Oyster 7

Discovering What Classical Music Really is 8

Figuring Out What You Like 8

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Composers 9

Their music is from the heart 9

They use a structure that you can feel 9

They're creative and original 10

They express a relevant human emotion 10

They keep your attention with variety and pacing 11

Their music is easy to remember 11

They move you with their creations 12

Chapter 2: The Entire History of Music in 80 Pages 13

Understanding How Classical Music Got Started 13

Chanting All Day: The Middle Ages 14

Gregorian chant 14

A monk named Guido 15

Mass dismissed! 15

The First Composer-Saint 16

Born Again: The Renaissance 16

The madrigal takes off 16

Opera hits prime time 17

Getting Emotional: The Baroque Era 18

Renegade notes on wheels 18

Kings, churches, and other high rollers 19

Antonio Vivaldi 19

George Frideric Handel 21

Johann Sebastian Bach 24

Tightening the Corset: The Classical Style 26

Joseph Haydn 27

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 29

Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges 34

Ludwig van Beethoven: The man who changed everything 34

Schubert and his Lieder 39

Felix Mendelssohn 42

Fanny Mendelssohn 44

Falling in Love: Hopeless Romantics 45

Carl Maria von Weber 45

Hector Berlioz 46

Frédéric Chopin 49

Robert Schumann 51

Johannes Brahms 54

The superstars: Paganini and Liszt 56

Liszt follows Paganini's lead 57

Richard Wagner 58

Strauss and Mahler 59

Saluting the Flag(s): Nationalism in Classical Music 63

BedYich Smetana 64

Antonín DvoYák 65

Edvard Grieg 67

Jean Sibelius 68

Carl Nielsen 70

Glinka and the Mighty Fistful 71

Peter Tchaikovsky 73

Sergei Rachmaninoff 75

Listening to Music of the 20th Century and Beyond 77

Debussy and Ravel 78

Igor Stravinsky 80

Sergei Prokofiev 83

Dmitri Shostakovich 84

The Second Viennese School 86

The Americans 87

Chapter 3: Spotting a Sonata 95

Symphonies 95

First movement: brisk and lively 96

Second movement: slow and lyrical 97

Third movement: dancy 98

Finale: rollicking 98

Sonatas and Sonatinas 99

Concertos 100

Concerto structure 101

The cadenza 101

Dances and Suites 103

Serenades and Divertimentos 104

Themes and Variations 105

Fantasias and Rhapsodies 106

Tone Poems (Or Symphonic Poems) 107

Lieder (and Follower) 107

Leader of the Lieder 108

Song forms 108

Oratorios and Other Choral Works 109

Operas, Operettas, and Arias 110

Overtures and Preludes 110

Ballets and Ballerinas 111

String Quartets and Other Motley Assortments 112

Why Do You Need a Form, Anyway? 113

Part 2: Listen Up! 115

Chapter 4: Dave 'n' Scott's E-Z Concert Survival Guide(TM) 117

Preparing -- or Not 117

Knowing When to Arrive at the Concert 118

Can I Wear a Loincloth to The Rite of Spring? 119

The Gourmet Guide to Pre-Concert Dining 119

Figuring Out Where to Sit -- and How to Get the Best Ticket Deals 120

To Clap or Not to Clap: That's the Question 122

Why nobody claps 122

More on the insane "no-clap" policy 123

Who to Bring and Who to Leave at Home with the Dog 125

Recognizing Which Concerts to Attend -- or Avoid -- on a Date 125

Peeking at the Concert Program 126

The typical concert format 127

The music itself 129

A different kind of program 130

Introducing the Concertmaster 132

Finding the pitch 133

Twisting and turning, pulling and pushing 133

Enter the Conductor 135

Understanding interpretation 135

Slicing up time 137

Reading the job description 138

Chapter 5: For Your Listening Pleasure 141

1 Handel: Water Music Suite No 2: Alla Hornpipe 142

2 Bach: Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2: Prelude and Fugue in C Major 143

3 Mozart: Piano Concerto No 22 in E-Flat, Third Movement 145

4 Beethoven: Symphony No 5, First Movement 149

Exposition 150

Development 151

Recapitulation 151

Coda 152

5 Brahms: Symphony No 4, Third Movement 153

6 DvoYák: Serenade for Strings, Fourth Movement 155

7 Tchaikovsky: Symphony No 6, Fourth Movement 156

8 Debussy: La Mer: Dialogue du Vent et de la Mer 158

9 Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring: Opening to the End of Jeu de Rapt 161

Introduction 161

Danses des adolescentes (Dances of the Adolescent Girls) 162

Jeu de rapt (Ritual of Abduction) 163

Intermission: Backstage Tour 165

Living in the Orchestral Fishpond 165

What I Did for Love 166

Going through an Audition 167

An almost-true story 167

Rigged auditions 169

The list 169

The prescription 170

Playing the odds 170

An unexpected meeting 171

The return 171

Onstage 172

Behind the screen 172

The wait 174

The aftermath 175

The Life of an Orchestra Musician, or What's Going on in the Practice Room? 175

Selling the Product 176

Understanding Contract Riders 179

The Strange and Perilous Relationship between an Orchestra and Its Conductor 180

Why an Orchestra Career is Worth the Grief 182

Part 3: A Field Guide To The Orchestra 183

Chapter 6: Keyboards & Co 185

The Piano 185

Looking inside the piano 186

Naming the notes 186

Finding an octave 186

Playing the black keys 187

Looking inside the piano 188

Pressing down the pedals 188

Hearing the piano 190

The Harpsichord 191

Winning the Baroque gold medal 191

Hearing the harpsichord 192

The Organ 193

Pulling out the stops 194

Hearing the organ 194

The Synthesizer 195

Chapter 7: Strings Attached 197

The Violin 198

Drawing the bow 199

Tuning up 199

Playing the violin 200

Vibrating the string 201

The unbearable lightness of bowing 201

Plucking the strings 202

Hearing the violin 203

The Other String Instruments 204

The viola 204

The cello 206

The double bass 208

The harp 209

The guitar 212

Chapter 8: Gone with the Woodwinds 215

The Flute 216

Making music out of thin air 216

Hearing the flute 217

The Piccolo 218

The Oboe 219

Playing the oboe 221

Hearing the oboe 222

The English Horn 223

The Clarinet 223

Transposing instruments 223

Hearing the clarinet 225

The Saxophone 226

The Bassoon 227

Chapter 9: The Top (and Bottom) Brass 231

Making a Sound on a Brass Instrument 232

The French Horn 233

Hunting for notes: The natural horn 234

Adding valves: The modern, treacherous horn 234

Hearing the French horn 235

The Trumpet 236

Tonguing 237

Using mutes 237

Hearing the trumpet 237

The Trombone 238

Sliding around 239

Hearing the trombone 240

The Tuba 241

A gaggle of tubas 241

Hearing the tuba 242

Pet Peeves of the Brassily Inclined 242

Chapter 10: Percussion's Greatest Hits 243

The Timpani 244

Drum roll, please! 246

Hearing the timpani 246

The Bass Drum 246

The Cymbals 247

The Snare Drum 247

The Xylophone 248

Other Xylo-like Instruments 250

More Neat Instruments Worth Banging 250

The triangle 250

The tambourine 252

The tam-tam and gong 253

The castanets 254

The whip 254

The cowbell 255

The ratchet 255

Part 4: Peeking Into The Composer's Brain 257

Chapter 11: The Dreaded Music Theory Chapter 259

I've Got Rhythm: The Engine of Music 260

Dividing up time 260

Feeling the beat 261

Sight-reading for the first time 262

Making notes longer 263

Making notes shorter 264

Adding a dot 265

Taking the final exam 266

Understanding Pitch: Beethoven at 5,000 rpm 267

Performing an experiment for the betterment of mankind 268

12 pitches! 269

Notating pitches 270

Dave 'n' Scott's 99.9999% Key-Determining Method 278

Why we have keys 279

Making the Leap into Intervals 280

The major second 281

The major third 282

The fourth 282

The fifth 283

The major sixth 284

The major seventh 285

The octave 285

Telling the difference: major and minor intervals 286

The minor second 286

The minor third 287

The minor fifth (not!) -- aka the tritone 288

The minor sixth 288

The minor seventh 289

Getting on the Scale 290

Constructing a Melody 292

Getting Two-Dimensional: Piece and Harmony 292

Major, minor, and insignificant chords 293

Friends and relations: harmonic progressions 294

Friends, Romans, chord progressions 295

Listening to the oldies 296

Put in Blender, Mix Well 297

Getting Your Music Theory Degree 298

Chapter 12: Once More, with Feeling: Tempo, Dynamics, and Orchestration 299

Meet the Dynamics Duo: Soft and Loud 300

Honey, I shrunk the LoudSoft(TM) 301

Wearing Italian hairpins 302

Getting into matters of sonic taste 303

Throwing Tempo Tantrums 303

Telling 'Bones from Heckelphones: Orchestration Made Easy 304

Playing with sound colors 304

Notating orchestrations 304

Who's the orchestrator? 305

Part 5: The Part of Tens 307

Chapter 13: The Ten Most Common Misconceptions about Classical Music 309

Classical Music is Boring 309

Classical Music is for Snobs 310

All Modern Concert Music is Hard to Listen to 310

They Don't Write Classical Music Anymore 311

You Have to Dress Up to Go to the Symphony 311

If You Haven't Heard of the Guest Artist, She Can't Be Any Good 311

Professional Musicians Have It Easy 312

The Best Seats Are Down Front 313

Clapping between Movements is Illegal, Immoral, and Fattening 313

Classical Music Can't Change Your Life 314

Chapter 14: The Ten Best Musical Terms for Cocktail Parties 315

Atonal 316

Cadenza 316

Concerto 317

Counterpoint 317

Crescendo 317

Exposition 318

Intonation 318

Orchestration 318

Repertoire 318

Rubato 318

Tempo 319

Using Your New-Found Mastery 319

Chapter 15: Ten Great Classical Music Jokes 321

Master of Them All 321

The Heavenly Philharmonic 322

Brass Dates 322

The Late Maestro 323

Basses Take a Breather 323

Houseless Violist 324

Ludwig's Grave 324

The Weeping Violist 324

Musicians' Revenge 325

One Last Viola Joke 325

Chapter 16: Ten Ways to Get More Music in Your Life 327

Get Involved with Your Orchestra 327

Join a Classical Music Tour 328

Meet the Artists -- Be a Groupie 328

Make Music Friends on the Internet 329

Join an Unlimited Music Service 330

Listen to Your Local Classical Station 330

Load Up on Your Own Recordings 331

Watch Classical Music Movies 332

Study Up on the Classics 333

Make Your Own Music 334

Part 6: The Appendixes 337

Appendix A: Listen to This! Starting a Classical Music Collection 339

List 1: Old Favorites 340

List 2: MILD on the Taste Meter 341

List 3: MEDIUM on the Taste Meter 342

List 4: MEDIUM HOT on the Taste Meter 343

List 5: HOT on the Taste Meter 344

Appendix B: Classical Music Timeline 345

Appendix C: Glossary 353

Index 359
David Pogue is a six-time Emmy-winning "CBS Sunday Morning" correspondent, a New York Times bestselling author, and a former Broadway conductor and arranger.

Scott Speck is an internationally acclaimed conductor and author who has delighted audiences in London, Paris, Moscow, Beijing, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and countless other cities.

D. Pogue, The New York Times