4. A Christmas Read!
Whether you’re looking for a colourful kid’s book or a manual on orchestration, we’ve got a read that suits the musician in your life! We’ve chosen two of our absolute favourites to highlight:
Alex Ross’ The Rest is Noise is an extraordinary achievement. In principle, it’s an overview of music in the 20th century. For the reader, it’s fascinating, completely readable and gripping from beginning to end. Ross doesn’t provide much in the way of complex musical analysis instead illuminating cultural trends that surround some of the most extraordinary music created in the last century. The Rest is Noise is unique as a musicological book – it’s something music lovers, amateur players and professionals alike can devour and enjoy!
For a younger audience, check out our ‘My First Classical’ series from Naxos! These fun volumes are playfully illustrated and come with a companion CD so that budding musicians can explore the world of classical music with fun and excitement!