A complete education in classical music, written with verve and wit. No music lover can pick up this one-volume compendium without becoming a more knowledgeable, discerning listener. - The sonata form revealed, and why it's been deeply satisfying for three centuries. - What to listen for in Brahms, a self-described Classicist who was one of music's great innovators. - Pizzicato, fioritura, parlando, glissando. - The transformative power of Toscanini- who earned more conducting the New York Philharmonic than his contemporary Babe Ruth made with the Yankees. - And throughout, more than 2,000 recommended recordings.
Log on and listen. Created with Naxos, the world's largest classical music label, the book includes a unique Web site featuring more than 500 examples cited in the text. Look up barcarolle. First read about its swaying 6/8 meter and Venetian origins; then log on to the music Web site and hear it performed in Act IV of Offenbach's Les contes d'Hoffmann. If that whets your curiosity about Offenbach, click to hear the cancan in his La vie parisienne. All online samples are marked by an icon in the text.
A jam-packed, II-year undertaking of 928 pages, 1,500 entries, and over 1,000 recommended recordings, “The NPR Listener's Encyclopaedia” is an everything-you-need-to-know bible for the classical music lover. Written with infectious enthusiasm by Ted Libbey
, author of “The NPR Guide to Building a Classical CD Collection”, this is an encyclopaedia with wit and verve, covering those terms, works, composers, and performers that NPR listeners and concert-goers are most likely to encounter. In addition, buyers of the book will receive a password that opens the door to an interactive Web site, created in a partnership with the classical music powerhouse, Naxos, that allows them to listen to 600 examples of works, techniques, and performers discussed and cross-referenced in the book. This is the first interactive encyclopaedia of music!
is one of America's most highly regarded music critics. A former music critic for “The New York Times”, he is known to millions of NPR listeners as curator of the Basic Radio Library on “Performance Today.” Mr. Libbey is now Director of Media Arts of the National Endowment for the Arts. He lives in Rockville, Maryland.