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Classical Notes: July 19, 2006 Archive

Read any good music books lately?

Posted at 11:36 AM on July 19, 2006 by Don Lee (3 Comments)

My wife wishes I would share more of what I know about classical music. "I wish I knew enough to share more," I tell herůnot in false modesty.

A week ago she took matters into her own hands, checking out a music appreciation tape from the library. On a drive to the lake Sunday we listened to the tape, a recorded lecture on the life and work of Mozart. That got me started talking.

The guy had interesting information and opinions, but his style got under my skin. He's the type who'll flaunt his erudition one moment and shift into phony informality the next.

I post this not only to vent, but also to ask for recommendations. In our biz, we often get asked if we know any good introductions to classical music. It's surprising how hard it is to think of many. Any nominations?

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A Good Music Book

Posted at 2:15 PM on July 19, 2006 by Rex Levang (9 Comments)

Don -- how about The Joy of Music by Leonard Bernstein?

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