A book for anyone who wants to bring more classical music into their life and doesn't know where to start.
'This is exactly the book I want to read at the moment. Presented with style and humour, the choice of 100 pieces immediately starts you off a hunt for your own favourites... It's a perfect introduction to classical music for a beginner, a companion for the music lover, and sheer entertainment for both.' ? Joanna Lumley
Nearly all of us have the capacity to enjoy classical music but too often we are put off by not knowing where to look, or what we are actually looking for. We feel the need of a guide to help navigate such vast and varied artistic terrain.
With this delightful book, historian Tim Bouverie provides just that. Drawing on his lifelong passion for music, he has created a compilation of 100 much-loved classical pieces to move and be enjoyed by almost anyone. Some are well-known, some more idiosyncratic, others just secret gems that need to be brought out into the light - all are intended to comfort and inspire. He provides a short introduction to each piece, and a recommended recording to try.
Highly accessible and entertaining, with none of the patronising, cliche-ridden tone of the technical musicologist, Perfect Pitch is filled with engrossing stories that bring to life 300 years of the world's greatest music.
An unusually talented writer.