The History of Classical Music, CD-Audio
4 out of 5 (1 rating)


A superb crossover title of enormous appeal to the vast selection of the population that enjoys classical music, but would like to know more about it.

From Gregorian Chant to Henryk Gorecki, the first living classical composer to get into the pop album charts, here is the fascinating story of over a thousand years of Western classical music and the composers who have sought to express in music the deepest of human feelings and emotions.

Polyphony, sonata form, serial music - many musical expressions are also explained - with the text illustrated by performances from some of the most highly praised recordings of recent years (all but a few taken from the Naxos and Marco Polo catalogues).


  • Format: CD-Audio
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Western "classical" music
  • ISBN: 9789626341407



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A terrific use of the audiobook format, this book contains music samples that reinforce the text. My only complaint is that it was so short; I'd love to see each period broken down further, with more composers profiled. I'd buy a separate book on each period if it came to it.