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The Classic FM Handy Guides series is the perfect introduction to areas of classical music like opera, film music, ballet, the orchestra, classical recordings and video game music.
Classic FM’s Handy Guides are a fun and informative set of introductions to standout subjects within classical music, each of which can be read and digested in one sitting: a perfect collectible series whether you’re new to the world of classical music or an aficionado.
Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Classical Music
The Biggest book in the range. Discover more than 1,000 years of the world's greatest classical music and composers packed into one book, in this handy updated and condensed edition of Classic FM's bestselling Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Classical Music... But Were Too Afraid to Ask.
Ballet is defined by dance, but supporting the visual drama are some of the greatest musical treasures in the classical canon. This handy reference guide from Classic FM explores the world’s most popular ballets, considering the great choreographers, dancers and, of course, composers who have created the most stunning performances of this incredible art form, along with plenty of musical recommendations along the way.
Recordings of classical music abound, so how do you know which one to choose? Which ones will stand the test of time and best showcase the composer’s vision; who are the conductors, orchestras and soloists that shine? This handy reference guide from Classic FM looks at the 100 most popular pieces of classical music, and explains which particular recording to choose for each and why, to help any budding or committed enthusiast to build their collection.
Film music is an increasingly popular part of the classical music repertoire, with a huge range of beautiful, dramatic and well-loved film scores coming out of Hollywood, from Star Wars to Up. From the early days of silent cinema through Hollywood’s Golden Age and up to the modern-day blockbusters, this handy reference guide from Classic FM showcases some of the greatest composers of film scores, along with plenty of suggestions for musical delights ready to be discovered.
Opera is one of the world’s most dramatic art forms. It inspires such dedication among its followers that many will travel the globe for a chance to watch their favourite operas performed in world- famous venues. This handy reference guide from Classic FM covers the major milestones and composers in the history of opera, featuring some of the greatest works ever written, to help you discover the extraordinary world of opera.
Where would classical music be without the orchestra? Whether they are of the symphony or chamber variety, every orchestra is made up of a group of musicians playing together as one body to bring the music of the great composers to life. This handy reference guide from Classic FM takes you on a whistle-stop tour of the greatest orchestras at home and abroad, stopping off to explore the world of orchestral instruments, as well as making plenty of musical recommendations along the way.
Video Game Music
From electronic beeps to orchestral scores, video game music has truly arrived. Rapidly growing in popularity around the world, it looks set to play an important role in the future of classical music. This handy reference guide from Classic FM steers you through the evolution of video game music, from the arcade to mobile and interactive gaming, highlighting some of the best-loved composers and tracks, and exploring the hugely successful industry of bestselling recordings and sell-out concerts along the way.