The Story of Music (Paperback)Howard Goodall (author)
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*** Accompanies BBC2's major new TV series and The Story of Music in 50 Pieces on Radio 3 ***
In his dynamic tour through 40,000 years of music, from prehistoric instruments to modern-day pop, Howard Goodall leads us through the story of music as it happened, idea by idea, so that each musical innovation - harmony, notation, sung theatre, the orchestra, dance music, recording, broadcasting - strikes us with its original force. He focuses on what changed when and why, picking out the discoveries that revolutionised man-made sound and bringing to life musical visionaries from the little-known Perotin to the colossus of Wagner. Along the way, he also gives refreshingly clear descriptions of what music is and how it works: what scales are all about, why some chords sound discordant and what all post-war pop songs have in common.
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 279 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 24 mm
Goodall is an engaging and erudite guide and this work is both accessible and illuminating -- Caroline Jowett * Daily Express *
Great length but still leavened with lively wit -- Sameer Rahim * Telegraph *
[Goodall] knows his stuff, and tells it well -- Nicholas Lezard * Guardian *
Highly knowledgeable, and a brilliant communicator, Goodall has an infectious enthusiasm and is genuinely respectful of all forms of music * Good Book Guide *
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