High Notes & Low: 300 And A Few More Anecdotes Concerning Music And Musicians

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High Notes & Low: 300 And A Few More Anecdotes Concerning Music And Musicians
By Ray W. Moore

Everyone loves to laugh, to wonder, and to be amazed. High Notes & Low presents interesting and unusual anecdotes about classical music and musicians in a down-to-earth, easily readable form. Free of technical jargon, the book is appealing not only to the musician but to the general reader as well, offering stories for all to enjoy.

The book covers six categories of anecdotes – Composers, Performers, Critics, Conductors, Compositions, and This and That – and encompasses all periods of music history. Whether it’s camels onstage during the performance of an opera, a conductor’s faux pas with a queen, an enraged wife burning her husband’s only copy of a symphony, or a look into the many complexities of the Metropolitan Opera building at Lincoln Center, readers will find a vast assortment of fascinating, unexpected, and often unusual facts to keep them enthralled.

Originally designed for broadcast on KLRE-FM, Arkansas’ premier classical music station, High Notes & Low proves that the world of the classical musician is indeed a wonderful, and sometimes zany, place to visit!

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Amadeus (August 1, 2012)
  • Dimensions: 5.5” W x 0.3” D x 7” H


Music Notes

Most Western music is based on a system of notation that evolved around 1600 out of earlier practices. The starting point for any opera is the full score, which contains all individual voices and instruments arranged in a specific order on the page. The written music—representing the sounds a composer creates in his head—then comes to life performed by singers onstage and played by the orchestra.



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