The Indispensable Composers: A Personal Guide

The Indispensable Composers: A Personal Guide

An exploration into the question of greatness from the Chief Classical Music Critic of the New York Times When he began to listen to the great works of classical music as a child, Anthony Tommasini had many questions. Why did a particular piece move him? How did the music work? Over time, he realized that his passion for this music was not enough. He needed to understand it An exploration into the question of greatness from the Chief Classical Music Critic of the New York Times When he ...

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Title:The Indispensable Composers: A Personal Guide
Author:Anthony Tommasini
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Genres:Music
ISBN:B079WNQWTC
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:496 pages pages

The Indispensable Composers: A Personal Guide Reviews

  • Hugh Ruppersburg
    Jan 19, 2019
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  • Necia
    Feb 16, 2019
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  • Frank Brasile
    Oct 07, 2018
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  • George
    Dec 08, 2018
    I have been a reader of NY Times chief critic for years and this book is terrific! Loosely based on his Top Ten Composers project, an eight-week series of articles which caused a sensation in 2011, especially when he asked his readers to jump in with their own lists (I gleefully did), ...
  • Jilla
    Mar 01, 2019
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  • Tim
    Nov 16, 2018
    I was surprised and somewhat disappointed that Aaron Copland didn?t make the cut. ...
  • Judith Winters
    Mar 04, 2019
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  • Timothy Fox
    Mar 14, 2019
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  • Rachel
    Dec 29, 2018
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  • G Forier
    Jan 19, 2019
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  • Dan Downing
    Dec 05, 2018
    As with many books concerning music, one must allow time for listening when reading this one. For instance, imagine my amazement when Mr. Tommasini starts with Claudio Monteverdi, and I realize I don't have any recordings of Monteverdi's work! Everyone else was within easy reach, albei...
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    Jan 22, 2019
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  • Bill
    Dec 31, 2018
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  • Kyle
    Jan 19, 2019
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  • Robert Wechsler
    Feb 15, 2019
    A mix of memoir, biography, concert notes, and criticism that mostly works. Due to the author?s special love for opera, which I don?t share, I was able to skip whole sections and chapters. I especially enjoyed the Brahms and Debussy chapters. ...
  • Joseph
    Mar 07, 2019
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  • Freddy
    Jan 06, 2019
    New York Times chief classical music critic Tommasini proves to be an engaging guide through the history of classical music, focusing on the heavyweights from the Renaissance (Monteverdi), Baroque, (Bach, Handel), Classical (Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven), Romantic (Schubert, Chopin, Schuma...
  • Angie
    Dec 19, 2018
    There could be a great deal of debate on why Tammasini chose these composers to include in his book rather than others, but that's not a debate that much interests me. This is part history, part memoir of a man who has lived a privileged (in the best way) music-oriented life, witness t...
  • Jessica
    Feb 05, 2019
    The "If Wagner's antisemitism concerns you, don't worry because I knew a Jewish guy who liked him" argument is beyond lame, but the rest of the book is fine, I guess. ...
  • Carl Nelson
    Nov 13, 2018
    A wonderful, personal, informative review Starting with a justification of an exercise he is uncomfortable with ( it flows out of a New York Times series on the top 10 composers) the author writes convincing arguments about his selections and their place. I found the discussion of S...
  • Rachel Collingridge
    Feb 04, 2019
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  • Todd Woods
    Feb 25, 2019
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  • David Jacobson
    Feb 09, 2019
    As someone who enjoys classical music but doesn't know much about its history (or theory), this book provided a lovely overview of 17 of the most historically notable composers, obviously leaving out some major ones. For each person, Tommasini?a critic at the New York Times, but also...
  • Sue McDonald
    Feb 01, 2019
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  • Outis
    Feb 10, 2019
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  • David Dunlap
    Feb 05, 2019
    The key to this book is the subtitle: it is a PERSONAL guide to some seventeen of the major composers of classical music. Tommasini, the chief classical music critic for the New York Times, has written about Monteverdi, J.S. Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven... To varying degrees,...
  • David Kohane
    Feb 20, 2019
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  • Mark Goor
    Jan 24, 2019
    Both personal and technical depth As a lover of music but not a scholar, I enjoyed the insights and stories of composers. However, I skimmed the comprehensive treatment of many pieces. ...
  • Martin
    Jan 25, 2019
    A lovely, passionate presentation of Tommasini's favorite composers and music. This is his personal journey in this repertoire of music. Tommasini's prose is lively, and conveys to the reader his excitement and love for this music. As many have noted, however, there are a few snubs, Gu...
  • Joshua Gibson
    Jan 31, 2019
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