The Vintage Guide to Classical Music is a lively — and opinionated — musical history and an insider's key to the personalities, epochs, and genres of the Western classical tradition. Among its features:
— chronologically arranged essays on nearly 100 composers, from Guillaume de Machaut (ca. 1300-1377) to Aaron Copland (1900-1990), that combine biography with detailed analyses of the major works while assessing their role in the social, cultural, and political climate of their times;
— informative sidebars that clarify broader topics such as melody, polyphony, atonality, and the impact of the early-music movement;
— a glossary of musical terms, from a cappella to woodwinds;
— a step-by-step guide to building a great classical music library.
Written with wit and a clarity that both musical experts and beginners can appreciate, The Vintage Guide to Classical Music is an invaluable source-book for music lovers everywhere.