I want a book about how symphonies are put together

(8 Posts)
margaritasbythesea Sat 27-Feb-16 08:47:02

Can you help? I enjoy listening to symphonies but I have not studied music beyond the first few grades. A friend did once begin telling me how things are composed and what all the different parts are called. I think I would find it interesting but I am at a loss to know where to start. I have read some book reviews but am none the wiser really. I wouldn't mind if it was a book about just one piece of music.

Thankyou

Maestro Sat 27-Feb-16 17:24:05

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Ferguson Sat 27-Feb-16 21:26:44

These might be more accessible items to start with:

www.britannica.com/art/symphony-music

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/music/western_tradition/mozart_symphony2.shtml

www.dummies.com/how-to/content/classical-music-the-movements-of-a-symphony.html

Balletgirlmum Sat 27-Feb-16 21:30:22

Have a google for the term "sonata form". The first movement of classical & romantic symphonies are often composed to this formula.

margaritasbythesea Sat 27-Feb-16 23:38:06

Thankyou all very much. My googling had come up with none of those, so your suggestions are very welcome.

margaritasbythesea Sun 28-Feb-16 08:59:17

britanica.com is a good site, isn't it? I didn't know it before. It will be good for homework for the children, thankyou.

margaritasbythesea Sun 28-Feb-16 20:43:46

I've had a look at all the online ones today. Thankyou. All very useful. I have had an interesting day

margaritasbythesea Thu 03-Mar-16 22:56:45

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