The NPR Listener's Encyclopedia of Classical Music

by Theodore Libbey

The NPR Listener's  Encyclopedia of Classical Music

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A resource on classical music provides coverage of composers, works, musical terminology, and performers, along with recommended recordings and access to an interactive Web site that allows readers to listen to sample works, techniques, and performers discussed in the reference.

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The Brooklyn Bridge in 1884. Dvorak would arrive in New York eight years later to head the National Conservatory of Music. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Cellist Jacqueline Du Pre records Elgar's Cello Concerto with conductor John Barbirolli at Kingsway Hall in London, 1965. David Farrell/EMI Classics hide caption

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In his diary, Sibelius noted the inspiration for the grand theme in his Fifth Symphony: "Today I saw 16 swans. God, what beauty! They circled over me for a long time. Disappeared into the solar haze like a silver ribbon." Istock hide caption

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Claude Debussy gave many of his piano preludes visually evocative titles, such as "The Sunken Cathedral" and "Footsteps in the Snow." Flickr.com hide caption

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