Music History As It Ought to Be Taught

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As a musician with a more artsy mind, history was not something I found exceptionally interesting while in school. If only I had had these books! Author David W. Barber presents stories of famous classic composers in an interesting, humorous way that makes reading these books really fun. I couldnt help but read some excerpts to my coworkers who also enjoyed them!

Bach, Beethoven, and the Boys provides an overview of classical music all the way from Gregorian chant (yes, even that can be interesting!) to Stravinsky, Schoenberg, and Ives. If It Aint Baroque follows a slightly similar path, but offers more information that was not a part of the previous book, focusing on the different genres of classical music. When the Fat Lady Sings focuses onyou guessed itopera. It highlights the two main types of opera, some history, and how the genre changed based on composer or geographical location. Getting a Handel on Messiah is a shorter book, focusing on the creation and history of The Messiah as well as the life and works of George Handel.

As with any good, accurate history book, there are some elements included that are a little mature for young ones, making this a read better suited for older and more mature students. The intro of Bach, Beethoven, and the Boys contains a slight profanity, for example. In addition, castrati are an important part of opera history and are mentioned in several books, as well as mentions of mistresses, affairs, and their consequences. These aspects are also occasionally mentioned when relevant to the story.

These books are a really great way to help your student retain the history behind many of the amazing pieces we appreciate today. Laura

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Bach, Beethoven and the Boys (Music History As It Ought To Be Taught) Item #: 061260
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