by Earl Ofari Hutchinson
In the introduction to this title, the author asks questions about why many “young people” don’t listen to classical music now. Several answers are proposed. Past masters of engagement including Britten and Bernstein are noted. The author also points out that for this music to continue to be available, new audiences will need to be brought into the fold.
The author states that he is not attempting to create converts. He does, however, want to explain in a simple and engaging way some of what makes classical music interesting and intriguing.
This book does exactly what it sets out to do. Within these pages is a fine introduction to classical (western) music. There are section on everything from Classical Music Periods to, the Symphony, the Concerto, the Opera, The Instruments and more. There is also a section on Classical Music Jargon. One aspect of this book that I especially liked were the many recommended listening sections.
Although this book is addressed to “young” people, anyone who wants to better understand this musical tradition might well enjoy this title. I know that I did.
Many thanks to NetGalley and Middle Passage Press for this title. All opinions are my own.
Pub date: 17 April 2022