THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF MUSIC Instruments of the orchestra and the great composers Max Wade-Matthews and Wendy Thompson - A complete encyclopedia of musical instruments, covering all sections of the orchestra: strings, woodwind and brass, percussion, keyboards and the voice, as well as historical, rare and non-Western instruments. An authoritative guide to over 100 of the most famous classical composers, from Bach and Haydn to Vivaldi and Xenakis, encompassing all styles of compositions from medieval times to the present day. Describes the fascinating lives of the great composers, the places where they lived and worked, scenes from their ballets or operas, and beautiful examples of their original manuscripts and scores. CLICK HERE TO READ THE WHOLE BOOK IN DIGITAL FORM
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About the Authors: Max Wade-Matthews attended the RAF School of Music at Uxbridge and served in brass bands in England, Germany and Hong Kong. Wendy Thompson studied piano and violin at the Royal College of Music, London, and then musicology and French Baroque opera at King s College, London. This comprehensive encyclopedia gives an overview of the way music has developed, beginning with ancient civilizations through to the present day. The section on music-making shows how instruments, ensembles and orchestras evolved and all the elements that co-ordinate to make them function. The book then provides an illustrated guide to the most influential composers: those who have defined particular styles of composition, and who have created for themselves a significant place in music history. Over 100 composers are featured, including the pre-eminent Bach, Mozart and Beethoven, and modern composers such as Carter and Boulez.