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Gayalondiel


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Posted Mon Feb 25th, 2008 1:25pm Post subject: Incomplete and Utter History of Classical Music
Anyone else read this? I bought it for Navyboy, since he knows sweet f-all about music and it's one of my passions, and I intended to give it to him to take away on his deployment. Except I started reading it (always a mistake) and I found it far too engaging and entertaining to let him take until I'd finished. Bearing in mind that my batchelor's is in music, it's easily one of the best "overview" books I've ever come across and doesn't overload you with dates and facts, but gives you a nice idea of how things fit together, all narrated with Mr. Fry's somewhat rambly wit.

Personally, I think this should be used as a textbook for GCSE/A levels. With the exception of dates it gives you a good solid foundation to base your specialist studies on, and it's a hell of a lot more fun to read than Grout.

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Gertrude Susanne


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Posted Mon Feb 25th, 2008 4:16pm Post subject: Incomplete and Utter History of Classical Music
I enjoyed reading this book SO much! It is brilliant!!

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MusicalMaven


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Posted Wed Mar 26th, 2008 2:24pm Post subject: Incomplete and Utter History of Classical Music
In a word? This one is BRILLIANT.

I agree - this needs to be used in classrooms. Music aApreciation might actually be an enjoyable class with this book on the reading list.

I do wonder - has anyone put together a listening list to accompany the book? Often, I would pause to hunt down a piece of music to hear what Stephen was pointing out. I'd love to find out that someone's created a site with mp3 links to all the music, or even a CD to buy. And if no one has...would there be any interest in creating something like this? I'm not sure how we'd go about it, but I'd love to see it happen.

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Panja


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Posted Wed Mar 26th, 2008 3:38pm Post subject: Incomplete and Utter History of Classical Music
In a word? This one is BRILLIANT.

I agree - this needs to be used in classrooms. Music aApreciation might actually be an enjoyable class with this book on the reading list.

I do wonder - has anyone put together a listening list to accompany the book? Often, I would pause to hunt down a piece of music to hear what Stephen was pointing out. I'd love to find out that someone's created a site with mp3 links to all the music, or even a CD to buy. And if no one has...would there be any interest in creating something like this? I'm not sure how we'd go about it, but I'd love to see it happen.

I haven't listened to it yet, but I have the radio show. It's 20 hours long and it's music interspersed with Stephen talking about the music. I would assume that some of the songs were mentioned in the book, and maybe he's even reading from it at times, I really don't know. I can upload it somewhere if anybody wants it.

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Gertrude Susanne


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Posted Thu Mar 27th, 2008 3:36pm Post subject: Incomplete and Utter History of Classical Music

I do wonder - has anyone put together a listening list to accompany the book? Often, I would pause to hunt down a piece of music to hear what Stephen was pointing out. I'd love to find out that someone's created a site with mp3 links to all the music, or even a CD to buy. And if no one has...would there be any interest in creating something like this? I'm not sure how we'd go about it, but I'd love to see it happen.

Well, about ten pages into the book I felt that a CD should be made available to either accompany the book or be sold as a "stand-alone" collection for newcomers to classical music to get a taste, and for all others to get a fantastic compilation spanning centuries of classical music without having to traipse around record shops... and so I ended up listing each and every piece of music, aria, etc. Mr Fry mentioned in the book. I even listed them chronologically (well, as best I could)... it´s all there - in a word file

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GirdYourLoins


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Posted Fri Apr 25th, 2008 1:16pm Post subject: Incomplete and Utter History of Classical Music
Didnt Stephen Have Ghost Writer For this? ( I must quit using capitals)

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Saturn


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Posted Sat Apr 26th, 2008 6:50am Post subject: Incomplete and Utter History of Classical Music
I didn't know this was a book too, I heard the series on Classic FM a few years back it was great.

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Soupy Twist


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Posted Sat Apr 26th, 2008 7:19am Post subject: Incomplete and Utter History of Classical Music
That's right, the book is actually written by Tim Lihoreau of Classic FM.

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igor_tsaler


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Posted Mon Aug 24th, 2009 11:58am Post subject: Incomplete and Utter History of Classical Music

Panja said:

I haven't listened to it yet, but I have the radio show. It's 20 hours long and it's music interspersed with Stephen talking about the music. I would assume that some of the songs were mentioned in the book, and maybe he's even reading from it at times, I really don't know. I can upload it somewhere if anybody wants it.

It would be great! I am a big fan of this book, I read it twice and tried to a compilation of music pieces mentioned in the book. I am from Russia and I would have listened to Stehen Fry's Classic FM shows if it helped me with my English!


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ANedwob


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Posted Thu Sep 10th, 2009 11:47pm Post subject: Incomplete and Utter History of Classical Music

Such a fantastic book. I'm now going in to my second year of my music degree - all thanks to this great read! It communicates all you need to know about the history of classical music to help you get started. His humour and deep thought are well balanced to create a real page turner. It goes in to just the right amount of detail about the most important dates in the Western music timeline to give you food for thought and it certainly encouraged me to get a move on with my essays in such a fresh and positive way. Thank you Mr Fry!

Abi

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ANedwob


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Posted Thu Sep 10th, 2009 11:47pm Post subject: Incomplete and Utter History of Classical Music

Such a fantastic book. I'm now going in to my second year of my music degree - all thanks to this great read! It communicates all you need to know about the history of classical music to help you get started. His humour and deep thought are well balanced to create a real page turner. It goes in to just the right amount of detail about the most important dates in the Western music timeline to give you food for thought and it certainly encouraged me to get a move on with my essays in such a fresh and positive way. Thank you Mr Fry!

Abi

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