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Big Bangs [Format Kindle]

Howard Goodall
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"Goodall has a prodigious gift for gathering information. People who know nothing about music will learn a lot here" (Sunday Tribune)

"Intelligent, infectious" (Observer)

"Writing a breezy history of music is a tough nut to crack, but Goodall manages it" (Independent)

Présentation de l'éditeur

The dramatic story of five key turning points in a thousand years of Western music - discoveries that changed the course of history.

Who first invented 'Doh Re Mi...'?

What do we mean by "in tune"?

Looking back down the corridor of a thousand years, Howard Goodall guides us through the stories of five seismic developments in the history of Western music. His "big bangs" may not be the ones we expect - some are surprising and some are so obvious we overlook them - but all have had an extraordinary impact.

Goodall starts with the invention of notation by an 11th-century Italian monk, which removed the creation of music from the hands of the players to the pens of the composers; moves on to the first opera; then to the invention of the piano, and ends with the story of the first recording made in history.

Howard Goodall has the gift of making these complicated musical advances both clear and utterly fascinating. Racy and vivid in a narrative full of colourful characters and graphic illustrations of technical processes, he also gives a wonderful sense of the culture of trial and error and competition, be it in 11th-century Italy or 19th-century America, in which all progress takes place.

Big Bangs opens a window on the crucial moments in our musical culture - discoveries that made possible everything from Bach to the Beatles - and tells us a riveting story of a millennium of endeavour.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 3274 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 256 pages
  • Editeur : Vintage Digital; Édition : New Ed (31 août 2011)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B005G37S4W
  • Synthèse vocale : Activée
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  • Composition améliorée: Activé
  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 5.0 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (1 commentaire client)
  • Classement des meilleures ventes d'Amazon: n°329.603 dans la Boutique Kindle (Voir le Top 100 dans la Boutique Kindle)

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 An original way of teaching music history. 13 novembre 2002
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This is an outstanding book for those people who have no time or patience for a comprehensive "History of Music". The author is enthousiastic about his subject and describes the crucial developments in the history of Western music in a vivid and imaginative way. In the first chapter, for instance, you are placed back into the dark Middle Ages, and realise how life was for musicians making music without notation, as well as the far-reaching consequences of the first red line that Guido di Arezzo introduced. His singers were the first on earth reading music!
The book is full of such interesting historical facts. It is a must for amateur musicians who wish to place music in a historical perspective, and impress their teachers!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Big Bangs - right on! 13 juin 2003
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Yes indeed, Howard Goodall's tome is a wonderful look at (arguably) the five most important 'inventions' that made music what it is today. Well written and easy to comprehend, the book demystifies some of the more detailed workings of music, and gives credit to those who helped to make it happen. Highly useful in the music classroom, it is just as easily a bedside book, where one could be fascinated by the historical figures and events discussed.
Definitely a relevant and necessary work!
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Elegant beginning, serviceable middle 20 novembre 2013
Par Lilac - Publié sur Amazon.com
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An intelligent serviceable introduction to the history of music, western and some other, emphasizing 5 creative big bangs, the book is derived from a BBC series.
I enjoyed especially the beginning with its elegant language and its grand scheme how music came to work. Sample this: These dreamers thought up music that couldn't possibly have been conceived by spontaneous playing; what's more they were able to construct forms and structures for long pieces of music that were way beyond the capabilities of a normal person's short-term memory. Notation paved the way for great feats of musical architecture.
Or this: Sacred plainsong, with its attendant frescoes and Romanesque temples, is the only thing that says to them `This is Us and not the Byzantine East, This is Us and not the Muslim South, This is Us and not the Barbarian North. We haven't the libraries and learning of Islam, nor the opulent sophistication of the Empire that fans out from Constantinople, all we have that is truly ours is this tentative and haunting song.'
Or this: Rhythm is the part of music that interacts most immediately and spontaneously with our bodies. Without it, music would be pleasant enough, but it would be brain food. With rhythm, though, music becomes hypnotic and sensuous.

At all points well-researched info is woven into a fine narrative. I was also taken by the emphasis, towards the end, on bass. I had not realized how much popular music is based on it.
You can also google for the BBC series on youtube and have the book ready as a support for staying on the important issues.
This is surely one of the more interesting contemporary books on the history of music with a broad base. Lawrence Kramer's focuses on Classical music.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Best Music History Book ever! 23 février 2014
Par gbythelake - Publié sur Amazon.com
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My mother is a concert pianist. This book has changed the way she looks at music history. She quotes this book all of the time and gives it as gifts to visiting musicians who play for her Chopin Music Festival. She says it's a difficult read, but worth it.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Big Bangs is superbly , unendingly fascinating 5 juillet 2012
Par Mary H. Kugushev - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book in unendingly fascinating; written with knowledge and wit. There is much to learn from this relatively short, well illustrated fund of information from the first method of notation through the first recording made in history.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Go with a bang! 16 décembre 2014
Par Ann Aitken - Publié sur Amazon.com
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As a music academic and teacher I have found this book very useful with my students. This is my second copy as the first one I owned went missing (I expect one of my students found it indispensable also.)
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