The ultimate guide to classical composers and their music-for both the vice and the experienced listenerMusic, according to Aaron Copland, can thrive only if there are gifted listeners. But today's listeners must choose between classical and rock, opera and rap, and the choices can seem overwhelming at times. In The Essential Can of Classical Music, David Dubal comes to the aid of the struggling listener and provides a cultural-literacy handbook for classical music. Dubal identifies the 240 composers whose works are most important to an understanding of classical music and offers a comprehensive, chrological guide to their lives and works. He has searched beyond the traditional can to introduce readers to little-kwn works by some of the most revered names in classical music-Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Schubert-as well as to the major works of lesser-kwn composers. In a spirited and opinionated voice, Dubal seeks to rid us of the tion of masterpieces and instead to foster a new generation of master listeners. The result is an uncommon collection of the wonders classical music has to offer.
David Dubal, a professor of piano literature at the Juilliard School, was the classical-music program director at WNCN for more than twenty years. He is the author of many books and lives in New York City.