• Famous Composers

  • By: Darren Henley
  • Narrated by: Marin Alsop
  • Length: 2 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 11-07-05
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks
  • 3.5 out of 5 stars 3.6 (32 ratings)

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Editorial Reviews

Vivaldi, Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Dvorak, and Shostakovich make up this delightful introduction to famous composers, an Audie-nominated production filled with re-enactments, musical excerpts, and facts on the six composers. Adult or child can certainly gain an understanding about the composers' lives, as well as the relevance of their music. Some information may elude the listener, such as particular music cues in each excerpt, but one can't help walking away with a better appreciation of music overall. While the accents seem unnecessary, the reenactments prove to be a good vehicle for educating listeners. Marin Alsop narrates the text in a light and welcoming voice that creates an enjoyable atmosphere for learning.
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Publisher's Summary

Following on the success of The Story of Classical Music, Darren Henley and Marin Alsop combine forces again to tell, in more detail, the lives of six key composers: Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart, Beethoven, Dvorak, and Shostakovich. Their colourful lives and their love of music are told against the backdrop of some of their finest works, an ideal combination.
©2005 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd. (P)2005 NAXOS AudioBooks Ltd.
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Critic Reviews



2005 Audie Award Winner, Original Work
2005 Audie Award Winner, Original Work
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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful
4 out of 5 stars
By Elaine on 03-04-07

Enjoyable

This is a great beginner's guide to classical music and famous composers. The good use of narration, dialogue/role-play, songs and sound effects make this a well-executed audiobook.

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4 out of 5 stars
By lindal on 04-16-15

Light, but interesting

Would have enjoyed more details, but an interesting overview of these great composers. Easy enough story I may have my granddaughter listen to it as well.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Marcus on 10-10-06

Start Here

An excellent starting point for understanding and enjoying classical music good for children of about 12 and up but I enjoyed it as an adult.

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