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Year of Wonder: Classical Music to Enjoy Day by Day

Clemency Burton-Hill
# UQ6652 Hardcover, 442 pages; 2018
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Violinist and BBC Radio host Clemency Burton-Hill has lost count of how often she's been asked to create a classical music playlist for someone. It's a tough task because, in an age when a seemingly infinite musical library is available online, "that question of 'where to start' is critical." Thankfully, Burton-Hill offers an expert cue for "where to start" with Year of Wonder, a curated collection of 366 listening suggestions spanning 1,000 years and more than 200 composers. From Johann Sebastian Bach's "Mass in B minor (BWV 232)" on January 1—"on this first day of a new adventure, let us begin with a great big drumbeat and a choir singing their hearts out"—to Johann Strauss II's "Champagne Polka" on December 31, each day's entry includes a musical recommendation along with a brief write-up about the piece. Many of the included works may already be in your own record or CD collection; others can be found online. However you choose to listen—and in whatever order—it's sure to be a melodious year! (KG)
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