A Young Person's Guide to Classical Music
Earl Ofari Hutchinson, author
A Young Person’s Guide to Classical Music, is not an attempt to make new converts to classical music. It’s certainly not an attempt to duplicate, let alone match the kind of passion expertise, and professionalism Bernstein and Britten spurred young persons to listen to and even love classical music back in their day. In any case, there’s not an aspect of classical music that hasn’t been written about, in more instances than not repeatedly. The books on classical music fill dozens of public and private library and bookstore shelves. I make no pretense that this book is a comprehensive, touch all bases, work on classical music. My goal was a fast paced, highly readable basic primer for those young persons interested in classical music or want to develop an interest in it. It’s a laypersons guide to common musical terms, instruments, selected composers, influential works, the styles, form and structure common to classical music. I present a capsulized history of the different periods in classical music’s evolution. I include a number of important compositions from different periods of the music’s evolution as recommended listening. I toss in a few interesting factoids about the best-known composers and their works. I also squeeze in the sections “From the Concert Seat,” some interesting and amusing tidbits about the composers, the instruments, and their works. I end with some thoughts on what can spur interest in more young persons in classical music. Again, my aim is not to proselytize young people on the music, it’s to try to make classical music and its components understandable---for those interested.