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The Chronicle of Classical Music: An Intimate Diary of the Lives and Music of the Great Composers

 
 
Author
Alan Kendall.
Publisher Thames & Hudson  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 11 x 8.7 x 0.95 inches
ISBN 9780500282137
Pages/Publication Date 288/2000
Daedalus Item Code 73385
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Vividly and profusely illustrated with portraits, engravings, ephemera, photos, and reproductions of art, this musical diary offers a year-by-year chronicle of great composers, performers, and productions since the 17th century. Tracing the development of classical music in extracts from contemporary letters and journals, the book reveals the inside story of composers' daily lives, their travels, significant encounters, great works, performances, patrons, friends, lovers, struggles, and ambitions. Throughout, special features discuss their influences on musical form and performance, key works, centers of musical energy, and changing working conditions.

"This lavishly illustrated general history of music is presented in diary format.... Accompanying sidebars list contemporary political and cultural events, and short quotes and captions add tiny vignettes. Every few pages, the chronology is broken up by a few tightly focused, diary-like paragraphs on an instrument, a composition, an event, a letter, or an idea."Library Journal

 
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