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The Gift of Music


Understanding classical music through the lives of its composers

Audience Anyone interested in the classical tradition of music; recommended in Classical Conversations communities for Challenge II
Accessibility Students can read independently; reads more like a collection of short stories than a textbook
Preparation None
Ease of use Average font size, small margins
Author Betty Carlson and Jane Stuart Smith
Page Count 320
Format Paperback
Publication Date 1995 (third edition)

General Description

Considering the lives and beliefs of classical composers, this book allows the reader to listen to music with new ears, understanding the profound effect that composers’ beliefs have on their music. Readers will not only better understand the music that shaped our Western heritage, they will better understand today’s popular music. Includes 36 biographies from the Baroque period up to the modern era.