The ultimate guide to classical composers and their music-for both the novice and the experienced listener
Music, according to Aaron Copland, can thrive only if there are "e;gifted listeners."e; But today's listeners must choose between classical and rock, opera and rap, and the choices can seem overwhelming at times. In "e;The Essential Canon of Classical Music,"e; David Dubal comes to the aid of the struggling listener and provides a cultural-literacy handbook for classical music. Dubal identifies the 240 composers whose works are most important to an understanding of classical music and offers a comprehensive, chronological guide to their lives and works. He has searched beyond the traditional canon to introduce readers to little-known works by some of the most revered names in classical music-Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert-as well as to the major works of lesser-known composers. In a spirited and opinionated voice, Dubal seeks to rid us of the notion of "e;masterpieces"e; and instead to foster a new generation of master listeners. The result is an uncommon collection of the wonders classical music has to offer.