Gift of Music, The

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One of the finest achievements of Western culture is its brilliant heritage of classical music. A Gift of Music looks at the lives of the greatest composers who have given us this heritage, and especially at how their music was shaped by their beliefs.

The result is a remarkable and inspiring book, showing the importance of Christian faith for many composers, and the effect of this upon their music. But it also shows how the lack of faith has brought profound change in the meaning and form of contemporary music.

Thus A Gift of Music seeks to open up a whole new world of music―to encourage listening to the finest compositions with new understanding and pleasure, and to stretch our ears and imaginations. It is a book which will be greatly appreciated by those who already love classical music, and by others who want to explore this delightful world for the first time.

Pages: 320

Pages: 320



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If you don’t have a music history book for reference on your shelves, this is the one you’ll want! Each chapter provides a short biography of a famous composer with recommended reading and listening at the end. There are no pictures, but the text is both interesting and inspirational. This expanded and revised version goes through Shostakovich (1906-1975) and has two chapters that the previous edition did not: “Shakespeare’s Influence on Great Composers” and “Christmas Carols.”

  • Knowledge Box Central families: Use this alongside the Classical Composers and Instruments lapbook.
  • Tapestry of Grace families: Your page numbers won’t match up with ours if you use the previous edition.  Read many weeks throughout Years 2-4.



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