This book introduces classical music to first timers, customized by the mood of the day.
- Book Intro
The daily joy of classical music.
On the commute home, or on a sunny weekend afternoon, or on a quiet autumn night stroll... If you feel like listening to different music from your usual playlist, this book is perfect for you. It recommends Edvard Grieg's "Morning Mood" to set the mood on your way to work, Friedrich Gulda's “Concerto for Cello” for afternoon cocktail hours, Igor Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring" to console a dreary and troubled soul, and Beethoven's “Piano Sonata No. 8” to help you unwind and shake off all your stress. The book tells intimate tales behind each piece, with rich musical background knowledge, and with such vivid encounters with the artists from hundreds of years ago, you will feel much more comfortable and captivated by the otherwise far-removed genre that is classical music.
As the foundation of all music, classical music has been loved throughout the generations. But do we need to be knowledgeable to enjoy the genre? Even within classical music, many pieces of which seem somewhat difficult or similar, each piece has different facets.
The author is a pianist and founder of art lecture company Art & Soul. With over ten years’ experience as a lecturer and ambassador of classical music, she is here to break down classical music to those who want to "enjoy" the music rather than "learn." Once a hard and solemn genre, it will feel more accessible—like one of your daily background jams—as the author dismantles the barriers to and the preconception of classical music as challenging or boring music.
This book is for beginners who wish to try out classical music but do not know where to begin. It serves as a friendly guidebook to coordinate the best piece for your daily mood and make classical music more accessible.
- About the Author
Cho Hyunyoung, 趙玹映
A pianist and founder of art lecture company Art & Soul, Cho Hyun-young earned a degree in practical piano performance from the National University of Music in Cologne, Germany, and a degree in the best professional performance from the National University of Music in Leipzig. Her great interest in music education led her to complete a piano education course at the National College of Music in Cologne, and she has taught piano major practical skills, art philosophy, and music education at various universities. Currently, Class for Ordinary People by Cho Hyun-young is being serialized in online lecture platform 'Top Class,' and the Naver Audio Clip 'All About Classic by Cho Hyun-young.' She performs classical music and give lectures on classical humanities at the National Training Institutes and the National Public Libraries. Her publications include Cho Hyun-young's Piano Talk and A Music Trip with Pianist Mom.