Symphonies, Concertos and Sonatas
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Great Balanced Analysis of Major Musical Compositions, November 27, 2000
Reviewer: Akram Najjarfrom Beirut, Lebanon
I had the privilege of listening to Hopkins on the BBC presenting his series with the same name as the book : Talking About Music. The book is based on these shows but Hopkins unleashes his talent by getting more involved in print than on the air. Hopkins introduces the work by giving a bit of background. He then proceeds to analyze each movement in a manner suitable for advanced beginners. If you are very well trained in music and in the analysis of compositions, this book is not for you. The simplicity with which he introduces technical issues to non musicians is without equal. Right after the first page, you feel that you want to get to your hifi and listen to the music in parallel with the text. This is a book for the listening room. I wish he would write a sequel.