• The Story of Music

  • By: Howard Goodall
  • Narrated by: Howard Goodall
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 03-21-13
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Random House Audiobooks
  • 2 out of 5 stars 2.0 (2 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Accompanies BBC2's major new TV series and The Story of Music in 50 Pieces on Radio 3
Music is an intrinsic part of everyday life, and yet the history of its development from single notes to multi-layered orchestration can seem bewilderingly specialised and complex.
In his dynamic tour through 40,000 years of music, from prehistoric instruments to modern-day pop, Howard Goodall does away with stuffy biographies, unhelpful labels and tired terminology. Instead he leads us through the story of music as it happened, idea by idea, so that each musical innovation – harmony, notation, sung theatre, the orchestra, dance music, recording, broadcasting – strikes us with its original force.
He focuses on what changed when and why, picking out the discoveries that revolutionised man-made sound and bringing to life musical visionaries from the little-known Pérotin to the colossus of Wagner. Along the way, he also gives refreshingly clear descriptions of what music is and how it works: what scales are all about, why some chords sound discordant and what all post-war pop songs have in common.
The story of music is the story of our urge to invent, connect, rebel – and entertain. Howard Goodall’s beautifully clear and compelling account is both a hymn to human endeavour and a groundbreaking map of our musical journey.
©2013 Howard Goodall (P)2013 Random House AudioGo
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1 out of 5 stars
By Sharon on 03-22-14


What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Since this was a book about music and it was an audio copy, AND a tv series exists, the book should have been illustrated with musical excerpts. How can one relate to theoretical information about the structure and development of music, without auditory examples? Very, very disappointing.

Would you ever listen to anything by Howard Goodall again?

No -

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3 out of 5 stars
By cattyish on 08-23-14

Good book, shame about the lack of music.

What did you like about this audiobook?

Howard Goodall's take on the history of music is fascinating and his descriptions of historical music engaging.

How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

The book helped me consolidate my interest piqued by Howard Goodall's TV series of the same name.

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

The narration was fine, but I was disappointed to have no music within the audiobook. Having seen the TV series by the same name, I thought there would be music. Remembering or imagining music while reading this audiobook wasn't useful for me.

Do you have any additional comments?

I would have paid more for an audiobook with all the music tracks included. I appreciate that the licencing costs for the music might be considered prohibitive, but I would have liked to have had the choice.

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5 out of 5 stars
By glen southern on 04-07-13

Exactly the book I wanted to hear

I'm musical challenged in so many ways having just start to learn my first musical instrument in my 45th year. I decided I would like to catch up on why music is so embedded in our lives and I searched for 'the history of music' and got 'the story of music'. I found the book interesting from start to finish and I've made multiple notes of other books and biographies I will follow it up with. I listened to it with spotify open and as I needed to reference a piece of music I just added it to a playlist. Well written and at a decent pace throughout.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Milamber on 07-05-17

An argument for audio samples.

i loved everything about this book EXCEPT there was a great opportunity to add musical samples to compliment the various referenced pieces. if you don't already know what hes talking about in a certain peice you need to either pause and go and find it or just take his word for it.

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