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This is an auction for THE CLASSICAL MUSIC EXPERIENCE, by Julius H. Jacobson.

Includes two CDs narrated by actor Kevin Kline.

"Jacobson, a surgeon who has been a fan of classical music since his teens, is concerned that interest in classical music is waning, so he has written a book to introduce the uninitiated to the basic repertoire of "those compositions most often heard at orchestral or chamber music concerts." He plunges into accounts of 42 major composers, from Palestrina to Leonard Bernstein, chatting about their lives, their musical styles and their best-known compositions. Interspersed are pertinent definitions of musical terms, as well as digressions into other topics. Although his sketches of the music are short, he often succeeds in capturing the essence of a composer's style: the "physical energy" and "dance-like forward motion" of Bach's Third Brandenburg Concerto; the "fine themes, interesting rhythms, rich orchestral sonorities" in Bruckner's symphonies; and the "dark coloring, yet brilliant sound" of Tchaikovsky's orchestration. The book is elementary and anecdotal, and the author's enthusiasm is infectious."
- Publishers Weekly (US)

Very favourable reviews on

Large format paperback 2005.

317 pages.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95 (ordinary post) or $6.95 (tracked mail). If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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