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    Music History Book/CD for Layman?

    My (adult) brother is interested in learning more about classical music, and tends to like "book on tape/CD" format because he does a lot of commuting.

    Can anybody recommend a good audio series (or book with companion CD) that will introduce music history, styles, and major composers and works of the various eras (preferably in a sequential, "this-emerged-from-that" sort of way)? He knows very little about music so I need something that doesn't require a lot of theoretical knowledge or background information, and that is engaging and fun.

    It doesn't need to be terribly detailed or in-depth, but I'd like more than just a quick survey. Listening examples are a must.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks,
    chris.

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    Re: Music History Book/CD for Layman?

    How about this one;

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/962...lance&n=283155

    It seems to get good reviews and is considered a budget product at around $17

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    Re: Music History Book/CD for Layman?

    This is very good. I think people at most levels can get something out of it:
    http://www.teach12.com/store/course....%20and%20Music

    There is a collage text you can find used at amazon called "Listen". You can buy a 6 CD companion set to go withg it. I liked the Teaching Company CDs better than this book but the book (if bought used) is a lot cheaper.
    Trent P. McDonald

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmonaghan
    How about this one;

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/962...lance&n=283155

    It seems to get good reviews and is considered a budget product at around $17
    This is a good choice!
    Styxx

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    Re: Music History Book/CD for Layman?

    Quote Originally Posted by trentpmcd
    This is very good. I think people at most levels can get something out of it:
    http://www.teach12.com/store/course....%20and%20Music
    This course is great. My library had the set and I've listened to most of them. Very informative and interesting.
    Sean Patrick Hannifin
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    "serious music" ... as if the rest of us are just kidding

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    Re: Music History Book/CD for Layman?

    Quote Originally Posted by SeanHannifin
    This course is great. My library had the set and I've listened to most of them. Very informative and interesting.
    I think you once commented on it here which is the reason I decided to check it out. I've gone through a couple of other of the courses and really enjoy them - I have a 40 minute drive to work every day and it helps fill the time with something useful.
    Trent P. McDonald

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