Year of Wonder: Classical Music to Enjoy Day By Day (Paperback)

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Year of Wonder: Classical Music to Enjoy Day By Day (Paperback)
By Clemency Burton-Hill

Classical music has a reputation for being stuffy, boring, and largely inaccessible, but Clemency Burton-Hill is here to change that. An award-winning writer, broadcaster and violinist with a deep love of the art form, she wants everyone to feel welcome at the classical party; and her desire to share her passion for its diverse wonders inspired this unique, enlightening, and expertly curated treasury. As she says, “The only requirements for enjoying classical music are open ears and an open mind.”

Year of Wonder introduces readers to one piece of music each day of the year, artfully selected from across genres, time periods, and composers. Burton-Hill offers short introductions to contextualize each piece, and makes the music come alive in modern and playful ways. From Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, and Puccini to George Gershwin, Clara Schumann, Philip Glass, Duke Ellington, and many remarkable yet often-overlooked voices, Burton-Hill takes us on a dazzling journey through our most treasured musical landscape.

Thoughtfully curated and masterfully researched, Year of Wonder is a book of classical music for everyone. Whether you’re a newcomer or an aficionado, Burton-Hill’s celebration will inspire, nourish, and enrich your life in unexpected ways.

Year of Wonder is an absolute treat – the most enlightening way to be guided through the year.” (Eddie Redmayne)

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (October 30, 2018)
  • Dimensions: 5.5” W x 1.4” D x 8.2” H

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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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