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If you could sum up The Story of Music: From Babylon to the Beatles in three words, what would they be?
I really enjoyed this book it gradually teaches you some simple music theory and how music evolved over the centuries in an extremely entertaining way, not dry and academic. It also teaches the language to talk about music which I didn't even know I was missing.
One criticism of the book is that some parts were hard to follow and were begging for an audio example - since this was a direct reading of a book this was obviously not possible.
There is a BBC documentary that seems to be a shortened version of this book, in fact some sections are identical and in the documentary he provides lots of examples of the techniques and details in the book - really brings the subject to life.
If you search on Youtube or Amazon for Howard Goodall you should be able to find them.
I gave it 5 stars as it got me enthusiastic for learning more about music and its structure not just listening to it.
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Howard Goodall is great in all of his BBC work and now he has written this book. Really enjoyable to learn the components of music composition and find out when in (western) history each musical component/idea/approach was invented.
I wish I could purchase a version of this audiobook with imbedded audio samples of the musical pieces that he references in each chapter. The BBC documentary does a great job of playing examples as he describes the parts of the music to listen for.
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