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By Darren Henley, Sam Jackson

An eclectic, enjoyable and informative advisor to the 50 moments that modified classical tune endlessly, from technological advances in track recording and sensible thoughts, to landmark live shows, the births and deaths of the good composers, and masses extra. released in partnership with vintage FM, the ebook could have a large attract classical song enthusiasts of every kind, looking both to teach, tell and entertain, and uncovers a wealthy and sometimes unforeseen background of classical tune. Written by way of the authors of the bestselling The vintage FM corridor of reputation and every little thing You Ever desired to learn about Classical track ... yet have been Too Afraid to invite, 50 Moments that Rocked the Classical tune global is the proper reward for the classical song aficionado, in addition to someone new to the style seeking to get their first foothold at the mountain of classical song.

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Even now, in the 21st century, men overwhelmingly dominate the world of classical music composition. And the levels of equality aren’t much better when it comes to performing in some areas of classical music too. Take the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra as an example. Unbelievably, it did not allow female members to join until as late as 1997. The vast majority of famous conductors are male, although the likes of the American Marin Alsop are blazing a trail for women on the podium. So, it’s all the more remarkable that, eight centuries ago, Hildegard of Bingen, a female composer, theologian and mystic, was able to establish herself and to leave a musical legacy.

If you were sitting an exam and were asked to ‘List the top 50 biggest changes in the development of classical music’, there would be no definitive right and wrong answers, rather a set of differing points of view. This is the sort of book that critics love to review in the Sunday papers, because they can take issue with the central proposition and then give example after example of things that the author should have written. So, right at the start, we hold our hands up and admit the subjectivity of the book.

Johannes Gutenberg’s achievement was a mighty one, and all of us who love music should feel an enormous debt of gratitude towards him. BY ROYAL APPOINTMENT: THE MASTER OF THE KING’S MUSICK Back in the 14th century, royal patronage in England was awarded only to a very select group of musicians, who were known by all and sundry as the ‘King’s Minstrels’. Back then, according to official records, Edward IV employed a total of thirteen minstrels, ‘whereof some be trumpets, some with shalmes and small pypes’.

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