What Makes it Great? - Short Masterpieces, Great Composers
A fresh guide to classical music from the acclaimed creator of NPR's "What Makes It Great"(t); Rob Kapilow has been helping audiences hear more in great music for two decades with his What Makes It Great? series on NPR's Performance Today, at Lincoln Center, and in concert halls throughout the US and Canada. In this book, he focuses on short masterpieces by major composers to help you understand the essence of each composer's genius and how each piece--which can be heard on the book's web site--transformed the musical language of its time. Kapilow's down-to-earth approach makes music history easy to grasp no matter what your musical background. Explores the musical styles and genius of great classical composers, including Vivaldi, Handel, J.S. Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Chopin, Puccini, Wagner, Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, and Debussy .