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All Music Guide to Classical Music
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0879308656, Paperback)(Book). This is the definitive source for composers, compositions, and genres. The book contains over 500 composer and 800 performer biographies. Each artist entry includes vital statistics and album recommendations. The book covers thousands of compositions, including operas, symphonies, concertos, and ballets, and it includes 23 essays devoted to classical music's major eras, forms, and genres. Choral works, songs, keyboard works, chamber music, and film scores receive dedicated sections. Includes 4,000 descriptions of composers' works and 12,000 recordings recommended by All Music Guide editors.
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"Whether you're exploring the haunting melodies of Gregorian chant, the mighty symphonies of Beethoven, or the dizzying soundscapes of today's brightest young composers, the All Music Guide to Classical Music has the information you need - about the music, and the musicians who bring it to life. Whether you're an aficionado or just hoping to feel comfortable in the classical section of your CD store, you'll find the All Music Guide to Classical Music an essential resource with: 1,500 biographies of composers and performers; 4,000 descriptions of composers' works; 12,000 recordings recommended by AMG editors; 360 opera and ballet synopses; and concise essays on major classical periods and genres, plus introductory essays for beginners."--BOOK JACKET.
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