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Become an Expert in Jazz Classical and Opera with Three Handy Guides

LOS ANGELES, CA  -  Tuesday, June 02, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA- June 2, 2009

One of the final installments in the world renowned National Public Radio’s Curious Listener’s series, The NPR Curious Listener’s Guide to Jazz features a concise history of jazz as an art form, covering the major figures and classic works of this period. The stylistic variations and forms of jazz music are demystified with an easy-to-use glossary of terms and lingo. Author and noted conductor Loren Schoenberg provides readers with a number of additional resources (literature, websites, and documentaries), as well as his list of the top 50 jazz CDs. The wealth of information covered in The NPR Curious Listener’s Guide to Jazz makes it the perfect guide for anyone new to the genre or seasoned jazz fans.

For the beginner or the devotee, The NPR Curious Listener’s Guide to Classical Music explores the development of classical music throughout history, as well as it’s relevance to contemporary culture. In addition to key works, styles, major composers and performers, author and music critic Tim Smith encourages readers to further their own research with recommendations for magazines and websites and a list of 50 essential classical music CDs. From National Public Radio’s highly acclaimed Curious Listener’s series, this guide will inspire readers to delve deeper into the classical world.

Covering the most popular and most performed operas from the earliest classics to the present day, The Penguin Concise Guide to Opera explores the operatic careers of all the great composers. Each opera is described in detail – plot, cast and musical highlights – and includes selected recordings to guide readers towards the best versions. The New Penguin Opera Guide is an ideal reference for anyone who is entranced by opera, whether aficionado or novice.

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