Classical Music 101

  • by Fred Plotkin
  • Narrated by Fred Plotkin
  • 19 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In clear and entertaining prose, Plotkin explores a thousand years of music, introduces listeners to more than 100 great works, and profiles in depth many significant composers, including Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Berlioz, Tchaikovsky, Dvoxak, and Mahler. He describes all the musical instruments in the orchestra, defines major musical terms, and makes music theory comprehensible for the uninitiated. There are also conversations with important musicians who offer fascinating insights about their art. Classical Music 101 is a highly accessible guide to discovering the glories of classical music.

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Musical lecture

I listened to this book about three years ago, at least until my car was broken into and the device stolen! I am sure the thief got a surprise if he was able to figure out how to turn it on.
I share the disappointment with the other listeners about the lack of music on the book. However, this is a book which needs to be "read" very slowly with several trips to the musical library in order to listen to particular pieces recommended by the author. Most of the music is familiar but the discipline of listening to the same piece more than once,looking for one thing or another, can be very enriching.
I recommend this book highly but it cannot be used as a typical Audible book listened to on the go without access to a stereo system in order to actually play the music referred to as you go along.
This book is really a musical lecture and should be viewed in that light.
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- Kenneth

Very, very thorough

There's a fine line between assuming nothing about a listener's prior knowledge of a subject and treating them like a dummy. Fred Plotkin stayed on the high side of that line, in my opinion. "...allowing the strings to be tightened or loosened. This is called tuning." Yes, I knew that, but Plotkin is assuming nothing about my prior exposure to music, musical instruments or the business end of the industry.

Fred Plotkin's love of music shines through every word of the book, I'll give him that. This is the first time I've ever found a description of a musical instrument in need of a PG rating. ;) His is not necessarily the voice of a professional reader, but he adds a fair about of expression to a heavily academic discussion.

No, the book is not a thrill a minute, but it isn't intended to be. Almost too dry for a popular audience, but not quite dry enough for a textbook. Definitely an education in classical music for the uninitiated, though.
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- Christi

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-02-2004
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.