Thursday, October 10, 2019

Playlist: The Rebels and Revolutionaries of Sound by James Rhodes and illustrated by Martin O’Neill

Bach, Mozart, Beethoven - These guys were the original "rock stars."

ISBN: 9781536212143
Hardcover $29.99, 72 pages
Ages 7 & up 
My thoughts:  Presented in a bold, artsy, contemporary fashion, this collection of classical musicians will never seem the same to you again.

I truly love the classics and some soothe and some enliven. They all speak to the heart and soul of man (or woman, or child, or even.... teen). When I opened the pages of Playlist I was surprised at the interpretation of the composers and their place in the development of music through the ages.

Bits of their lives and the impact they had on society resonate to the reader and also as we listen to their music.

The book does not have a selection you can actually listen to. You'll have to seek those out for yourself. But the book guides and enriches the mind as you listen to the beauty that is in the works of art spoken to in the pages of Playlist.

I highly recommend.

About the book: In a stunning and innovative performance, piano maestro James Rhodes introduces today’s readers to seven of the greatest composers of all time.

Bach. Mozart. Beethoven. Old guys with curly wigs, right? But trust me: those composers were the original rock stars.

Open your mind to some of the most breathtaking and magnificent pieces of music ever created, and find out why the rebels and revolutionaries who wrote them are responsible for every track on your phone today. Discover their backstories and how each one shaped and defined classical music. Learn about the structure of an orchestra, the language of music, and the history of musical periods. With jaw-dropping artwork and avant-garde design, this visually exquisite celebration of classical music is a surefire hit for both first-time listeners and longtime fans. Budding aficionados will appreciate the online playlist featuring James Rhodes’s favorite selections.


Here is a piece played by James Rhodes found on YouTube.

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  1. I have way too many favorites. One that I enjoy listening to a lot is Vivaldi. Thanks

  2. "Do you have a favorite composer that you enjoy listening to?" The most enjoyable version of "Pictures At An Exhibition, " the Maurice Ravel orchestration of Modest Mussorgsky's masterpiece, as recorded by the Orchestre de la Societe des Concerts du Conservatoire, conducted by Andre Vandernoot, is one of the best and most enjoyable classical albums ever created. I managed to hunt up someone's CD version of this, but that might not be possible for you. But everyone should get a chance to listen to this particular performance, sometime, somehow. No other version compares.

    "Do you play any classical music yourself (piano or any instrument)?" I took some piano as a teenager, and I wouldn't say I ever really learned to play, but I did enjoy practicing the scales with the book "Hanon: The Virtuoso Pianist in Sixty Exercises, Complete (Schirmer's Library of Musical Classics, Vol. 925)."

  3. I love listening to all composers I dont have a favorite one yet I would love to learn to play the piano I took guitar lessons when I was younger for a bit

  4. I play no instrument. I love piano!



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