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In a stunning and innovative performance, piano maestro James Rhodes introduces today's readers to seven of the greatest composers of all time. Bach. Mozart. Beethoven. Old guys with curly wigs, right? But trust me: those composers were the original rock stars. Open your mind to some of the most breathtaking and magnificent pieces of music ever created, and find out why the/>Bach. In a stunning and innovative performance, piano maestro James Rhodes introduces today's readers to seven of the greatest composers of all time. Bach. Mozart. Beethoven. Old guys with curly wigs, right? But trust me: those composers were the original rock stars. Open your mind to some of the most breathtaking and magnificent pieces of music ever created, and find out why the rebels and revolutionaries who wrote them are responsible for every track on your phone today. Discover their backstories and how each one shaped and defined classical music. Learn about the structure of an orchestra, the language of music, and the history of musical periods. With jaw-dropping artwork and avant-garde design, this visually exquisite celebration of classical music is a surefire hit for both first-time listeners and longtime fans. Budding aficionados will appreciate the online playlist featuring James Rhodes's favorite selections.


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In a stunning and innovative performance, piano maestro James Rhodes introduces today's readers to seven of the greatest composers of all time. Bach. Mozart. Beethoven. Old guys with curly wigs, right? But trust me: those composers were the original rock stars. Open your mind to some of the most breathtaking and magnificent pieces of music ever created, and find out why the/>Bach. In a stunning and innovative performance, piano maestro James Rhodes introduces today's readers to seven of the greatest composers of all time. Bach. Mozart. Beethoven. Old guys with curly wigs, right? But trust me: those composers were the original rock stars. Open your mind to some of the most breathtaking and magnificent pieces of music ever created, and find out why the rebels and revolutionaries who wrote them are responsible for every track on your phone today. Discover their backstories and how each one shaped and defined classical music. Learn about the structure of an orchestra, the language of music, and the history of musical periods. With jaw-dropping artwork and avant-garde design, this visually exquisite celebration of classical music is a surefire hit for both first-time listeners and longtime fans. Budding aficionados will appreciate the online playlist featuring James Rhodes's favorite selections.

57 review for Playlist: The Rebels and Revolutionaries of Sound

  1. 4 out of 5

    BookTrib.com

    “Bach. Mozart. Beethoven. Old guys with curly wigs, right? But trust me: those composers were the original rock stars.” Classical music isn’t generally thought of as edge-of-your-seat exciting, but for abused-teen-turned-piano-maestro James Rhodes, it was life-saving. In Playlist: The Rebels and Revolutionaries of Sound (Candlewick Studio), Rhodes invites readers to share his joy. He focuses on the masterworks of seven composers – Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Shubert, R “Bach. Mozart. Beethoven. Old guys with curly wigs, right? But trust me: those composers were the original rock stars.” Classical music isn’t generally thought of as edge-of-your-seat exciting, but for abused-teen-turned-piano-maestro James Rhodes, it was life-saving. In Playlist: The Rebels and Revolutionaries of Sound (Candlewick Studio), Rhodes invites readers to share his joy. He focuses on the masterworks of seven composers – Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Shubert, Rachmaninoff and Ravel – and explores how their music changed history, inspired millions and continues to enthrall throughout the world. The book asks readers to open their minds to some of the most breathtaking and magnificent pieces of music ever created, and find out why the rebels and revolutionaries who wrote them are responsible for every track on your phone today. Discover their back stories and how each one shaped and defined classical music. Believe me, this is no ordinary music theory book. It is a 12-x-12-inch visual masterpiece, with jaw-dropping artwork and avant garde design by Martin O’Neill. It is an exquisite celebration of classical music geared to attract both first-time listeners and longtime fans. The rest of the review: https://booktrib.com/2019/10/finding-...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Thanks to Candlewick Press for a copy of this book! I've been reading, then listening to the provided playlist (on Spotify) for about a week now. first from England, now from Candlewick, James Rhodes gives us readers and listeners an introduction to classical music for everyone, whether novice or professional! One lovely thing is that it is the size of an old record album, you know, an LP! Rhodes offers a long introduction. Here is part of it: "Bach. Mozart. Beethoven. Old guy Thanks to Candlewick Press for a copy of this book! I've been reading, then listening to the provided playlist (on Spotify) for about a week now. first from England, now from Candlewick, James Rhodes gives us readers and listeners an introduction to classical music for everyone, whether novice or professional! One lovely thing is that it is the size of an old record album, you know, an LP! Rhodes offers a long introduction. Here is part of it: "Bach. Mozart. Beethoven. Old guys with curly wigs, right? But trust me: those composers were the original rock stars. Let me introduce you to some of the most breathtaking and magnificent pieces of music ever created. We'll meet the rebels and revolutionaries who wrote them - did you know Beethoven peed into a chamber pot he kept under his piano? - and find out why they're responsible for every track on your phone today. The world of classical music is going to blow your mind. So take some time out to listen to the online playlist I've curated for you as you read. Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Schubert, Rachmaninoff and Ravel: the perfect introduction to classical music." Each composer's page begins with a stunning double spread by Martin O'Neill with collaged psychedelic art evoking important history from the man's life, adding a head portrait, also with something important near or on. Their lives vary, their music innovated, even corrected prior belief. After the composer's brief biography, two pieces are discussed at length, like where used, what was unusual, and the inspiration from that particular music. There is one double spread devoted to "The Orchestra", its families of instruments and how they are seated. And one giving a "Time Line of Western Classical Music". Some quotes and brief pieces of information: "Bach created some of the most perfect, life-changing music the world has ever known and single-handedly altered the course of musical history." "Mozart composed his first opera at the age of twelve." Beethoven said: "Music is like a dream. One that I cannot hear." Yes, he was deaf. He started losing his hearing in his late twenties. His early life was filled with his father, drunk, then waking him and forcing him to play for the father and friends for hours. Because all the money was spent on drink, Beethoven began work as an organist at age eleven to earn money for food. "Chopin hated performing in public and in his lifetime gave only thirty concerts." He only composed for the piano. Schubert died at the young age of thirty-one, but "composed more than 1,500 works". Among them was "Ave Maria". Rachmaninoff, like others, was not wealthy growing up, but his "second symphony was a massive, epic, phenomenal success, and he went on to become one of the richest, most successful and celebrated pianists and composers in the world." Ravel - Just remember "Boléro". For fifteen minutes, a sixteen-bar melody is repeated in a loop over and over by different instruments, from the quiet to the crescendo until nearly all the instruments are there. One part I so enjoyed is how Rhodes writes directly to his readers and listeners. He talks about the music, yes, but also about personal victories, not giving up on dreams, etc. It's a pleasing ending to each part. Here, at the end of Rachmaninoff's biography: "So if anyone has the cheek to tell you that you can't do something you really love, or that you won't amount to much or succeed in life, think about how mean people were about Sergei Rachmaninoff. And how wrong they were. Whatever you dream of doing, go do it. You might be amazed at what happens...." Back matter includes a musical glossary and an index. The book is meant to be savored, perhaps like I did, a bit at a time, taking in the words, listening, listening to the music. I recognized it all, but now I know more thanks to this fabulous book!

  3. 5 out of 5

    John Clark

    This is a true gateway book, offering middle schoolers a way to not only learn about really great classical music, but to learn the details (sometimes gritty) about the lives of those composers James Rhodes thinks are rock stars from other eras. He doesn't shy away from the less pretty details of their lives, but those only make their successes that much more amazing. That he's created a Spotify playlist with all the pieces he describes, only makes it easier for those curious about the sounds t This is a true gateway book, offering middle schoolers a way to not only learn about really great classical music, but to learn the details (sometimes gritty) about the lives of those composers James Rhodes thinks are rock stars from other eras. He doesn't shy away from the less pretty details of their lives, but those only make their successes that much more amazing. That he's created a Spotify playlist with all the pieces he describes, only makes it easier for those curious about the sounds to experience them. Instead of briefly describing each highlighted work, he gives readers rich and enthusiastic reasons why each piece is a treasure. I can easily imagine younger teens, particularly those who have already started playing an instrument, reading this book and experiencing rekindled enthusiasm. For those less musically inclined, simply reading this book will give them a greater awareness of the way classical music laid a foundation for everything they hear today. Two other bonuses are the detailed orchestra chart, and the mention of which current movie soundtracks and pop songs owe homage to these composers. This is definitely a worthy book for libraries where arts and culture resources for kids are valued.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Eve Costarelli

    Right off the bat, with the gorgeously colorful marbled paper-art end-pages, you know this book is going to be engaging. This book is a multi-sensory treat exciting not just the eyes and mind but also the ears and the whole body. By including a Spotify play-list, your senses get an extra jolt by adding the emotional quality that only music can bring. Through music, the whole being is able to experience these “original” rock stars of classical music, a genre often overlooked when considering the Right off the bat, with the gorgeously colorful marbled paper-art end-pages, you know this book is going to be engaging. This book is a multi-sensory treat exciting not just the eyes and mind but also the ears and the whole body. By including a Spotify play-list, your senses get an extra jolt by adding the emotional quality that only music can bring. Through music, the whole being is able to experience these “original” rock stars of classical music, a genre often overlooked when considering the basis of current music. Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven are hip! The back stories plus the ties to current day movies, and music offer just enough information to entice even the most stubborn “pop” fan into appreciating the inspiring stories of these great composers. I was motivated to find the full tracks of the songs and really listen to these amazing pieces that helped shaped every piece of music and ring tone we hear today. This is a great gift book and would look especially awesome on a coffee table or for your favorite band teacher! The collage, silkscreen & digital illustrations by Martin O’Neill are really well done and are very exciting and add a lot to the text. Each one could become a framed piece of art!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Vera Godley

    Presented in a bold, artsy, contemporary fashion, this collection of classical musicians will never seem the same to you again. I truly love the classics and some soothe and some enliven. They all speak to the heart and soul of man (or woman, or child, or even.... teen). When I opened the pages of Playlist I was surprised at the interpretation of the composers and their place in the development of music through the ages. Bits of their lives and the impact they had on socie Presented in a bold, artsy, contemporary fashion, this collection of classical musicians will never seem the same to you again. I truly love the classics and some soothe and some enliven. They all speak to the heart and soul of man (or woman, or child, or even.... teen). When I opened the pages of Playlist I was surprised at the interpretation of the composers and their place in the development of music through the ages. Bits of their lives and the impact they had on society resonate to the reader and also as we listen to their music. The book does not have a selection you can actually listen to. You'll have to seek those out for yourself. But the book guides and enriches the mind as you listen to the beauty that is in the works of art spoken to in the pages of Playlist. I highly recommend. DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy to facilitate a review. Opinions are mine alone and are freely given.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Uxío Pérez-Rodríguez

    Un fantástico libro para iniciarse en el maravilloso mundo de la música clásica. No importa a qué edad lo hagas o cuál es tu cultura musical previa, Rhodes te lleva de la mano con un lenguaje ameno por la vida de los compositores seleccionados dejándote una estupenda playlist en spotify. El libro se lee en nada pero es imprescindible escuchar la música referenciada y disfrutarla muy intensamente. Al final descubrirás que los verdaderos músicos a los que admiras eran aquellos que detestaba estudi Un fantástico libro para iniciarse en el maravilloso mundo de la música clásica. No importa a qué edad lo hagas o cuál es tu cultura musical previa, Rhodes te lleva de la mano con un lenguaje ameno por la vida de los compositores seleccionados dejándote una estupenda playlist en spotify. El libro se lee en nada pero es imprescindible escuchar la música referenciada y disfrutarla muy intensamente. Al final descubrirás que los verdaderos músicos a los que admiras eran aquellos que detestaba estudiar en el colegio debido a un sistema fallido, ya que estos compositores sentaron las bases de toda la música que escuchamos hoy.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ms Pau

    Le doy 5 estrellas porque lo tiene todo. Creo verdaderamente que la gente a la que no le gusta la música clásica es porque no la entiende y está es l oportunidad perfecta para hacerlo. La playlist que acompaña la lectura es genial. Los compositores elegidos con vidas súper interesantes y datos curiosísimos. Las explicaciones hacen que valores cada una de las piezas. Es lectura, es música, es James Rhodes. 👏🏻👏🏻

  8. 4 out of 5

    Audrey

    What a beautiful book with lots of quirky facts Bout the composers and insights from the author as well. It's awesome that is comes with the recommended playlist on Spotify to listen as you read. What a wonderful way to experience the music. It includes one of my personal favorites the Marriage of Figaro by Mozart. Also I've discovered I really love Chopin's love of the piano.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    If you have a classical music buff - he/she will LOVE this book! OR maybe you just encourage people to read it and they may become a classical music fan! What a fun way to explore composers and their work!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Brenda Kahn

    Spectacular overview of six classical musicians, energetically illustrated with links to two pieces of music on a Spotify playlist so that the aural component is satisfied. First purchase!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    A very modern take on classic composers. Certainly made me want to listen to more! No women, but that's not really the author's fault.

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