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~ Rob Kapilow’s new book What Makes It Great? Short Masterpieces, Great Composers,
available September 6th, 2011. [ more ]

~ Rob Kapilow’s
All You Have to Do
Is Listen: Music from the Inside Out,

available in book stores and online. [ more ]


Books by Rob Kapilow


Read an excerpt:
~ "Vivaldi"
(Adobe Acrobat® pdf)

~ Download the enhanced edition on iTunes, and for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Purchase What Makes It Great? online at:
~ Wiley
~ Amazon
~ Barnes and Noble

Published by Wiley
September, 2011
Hardcover, 320 pages

For press or media enquiries, please contact: Matt Smollon at Wiley
(201) 748 6339
msmollon@wiley.com

~ What Makes It Great?
Short Masterpieces, Great Composers

By Rob Kapilow

cover

Rob Kapilow has been helping audiences hear more in great music for two decades with his What Makes It Great? series on NPR's Performance Today, at Lincoln Center, and in concert halls throughout the US and Canada.

In his newest book, WHAT MAKES IT GREAT?: Short Masterpieces, Great Composers (Wiley, ISBN: 978-0-470-55092-2; Cloth / 320 Pages / $26.95) he focuses on short masterpieces by major composers to help you understand the essence of each composer's genius and how each piece—which can be heard on the book's web site—transformed the musical language of its time. Kapilow's down-to-earth approach makes classical music easy to grasp no matter what your musical background.

Just a few highlights from WHAT MAKES IT GREAT? include:

• Explores the musical styles and genius of great classical composers, including Vivaldi, Handel, J.S. Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Chopin, Puccini, Wagner, Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, and Debussy.

• Features an accompanying web site where you can see, hear, and download each short masterpiece and all of the book's musical examples.

• Introduces you in depth to popular pieces from the classical repertoire, including "Spring" from The Four Seasons (Vivaldi), "Dove Sono" from The Marriage of Figaro (Mozart), the Prelude to Tristan and Isolde (Wagner), and "Trepak" from The Nutcracker Suite (Tchaikovsky).

Many have acclaimed composer, conductor, and pianist Rob Kapilow: "You could practically see the light bulbs going on above people's heads" (The Philadelphia Inquirer); "Rob Kapilow is awfully good at what he does" (The Boston Globe); "A wonderful guy who brings music alive!" (Katie Couric).

WHAT MAKES IT GREAT?, along with the music on the companion web site, is an ideal starting point for anyone interested in classical music, whether first-time listener, experienced concertgoer or performing musician, offering an entrée into the world of eighteen great composers and a collection of individual masterpieces spanning almost two hundred years.

What Makes It Great?
Short Masterpieces, Great Composers
By Rob Kapilow

Wiley
September, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-470-55092-2
$26.95 / Cloth


Read an excerpt:
~ "Beginnings
Are Everything"

(Adobe Acrobat® pdf)

Read reviews:
~ Gramophone, April, 2009
(Adobe Acrobat® pdf)
~ Gramophone, January, 2009
(Adobe Acrobat® pdf)

Purchase All You Have to Do Is Listen online at:
~ Wiley
~ Amazon
~ Barnes and Noble
~ Borders

Published by Wiley
September, 2008
Hardcover, 256 pages

For press or media enquiries, please contact: Matt Smollon at Wiley
(201) 748 6339
msmollon@wiley.com

~ All You Have to Do Is Listen:
Music from the Inside Out

By Rob Kapilow

“Rob Kapilow leaps into the void dividing music analysis from appreciation and fills it with exhilarating details and sensations.”
   — The New York Times

Rob Kapilow, star of public radio’s Performance Today, has written an engaging new book about listening to music. His accessible and refreshing approach is designed to help today’s listeners – whether newcomers to classical music or experienced concertgoers – to understand music from the inside out.

cover In his book, All You Have to Do is Listen: Music from the Inside Out (Wiley, September, 2008; $25.95 / Cloth; ISBN: 978-0-470-38544-9), Kapilow helps readers become great listeners by explaining and expanding on his belief that the core of real listening has less to do with musical terminology and historical facts than with our ability to pay attention and to listen closely.

Kapilow demonstrates in this book how to listen to music from the inside out, from the composer’s point of view; he highlights the things composers intended to be heard but that listeners so often miss.

Kapilow has often been compared to Leonard Bernstein because of his ability to help both new and experienced listeners enjoy classical music more deeply. He uses fresh, accessible language and a new, ‘hands-on’ approach to help enrich the musical experience of today’s listeners. Additionally, at the heart of the book is a unique, online resource enhancing the reader’s experience: recorded and notated musical examples with an animated scrollbar that follows the music in real time, available for download via a dedicated web site. This feature allows readers, no matter what their musical background, to follow and understand the book’s detailed discussions even if they can’t read music.

Kapilow gives readers a non-traditional listening toolbox filled with ideas and suggestions to enrich the reader’s musical experiences; Wiley’s technology does the rest!

The book is organized like a piece of music, introducing topics as they might arise in the course of careful listening. The focus gradually broadens as the book progresses from idea to phrase and from section to movement. Each chapter explores a single simple concept or metaphor drawn from everyday life and designed to help readers listen to and think about music differently. All You Have To Do Is Listen.

All You Have to Do Is Listen:
Music from the Inside Out
By Rob Kapilow

Wiley
September, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-470-38544-9
$25.95 / Cloth

About the author:

Rob Kapilow (River Vale, NJ) is a composer, conductor, pianist, and music commentator. His “What Makes It Great?®” presentations, which began on NPR, have been developed into full-length concert evenings that are presented throughout North America and are a mainstay of Lincoln Center’s Great Performers series and the Celebrity Series of Boston. Some of these have been released as CDs and video podcasts. He has been featured in the print media and on television, including NBC’s Today show and PBS’s Live from Lincoln Center.

Launched in 2006, John Wiley & Sons and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts under a joint imprint publish books that draw on Lincoln Center’s archives, performing artists, global presentations, and Lincoln Center Institute’s educational expertise. The range of works is targeted to general interest consumers and their families.




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