The series will consist of five single albums dedicated to different composers, as well as a box set with 6 CDs of music and a 48-page booklet. All releases will also be available as digital downloads.
“Classical music is a timeless and enriching art form, though it can sometimes seem daunting to people who have never studied it or otherwise been exposed to concerts or recordings,” said EMI Classics Vice President Wendy Ong. “Working with Wiley and the For Dummies brand, we’ve been able to offer consumers something that will give them a great foundation of knowledge so that they can enjoy and appreciate any classical recording or concert experience.”
The five individual albums are each dedicated to a different composer – Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, Vivaldi and Chopin – and feature world-class recordings of the composers’ most famous works, along with biographical information and a track-by-track listening guide which tells the details of each work and offers pointers on what to listen for. The box set provides a more comprehensive overview of the basics of classical music, including 6 CDs worth of music tracing the historical development of different classical styles from the Middle Ages through Romanticism all the way up to Modernism and the present day. The accompanying 48-page booklet provides a complimentary historical summary along with information about the different musical forms and some common misconceptions about classical music.
"Wiley is thrilled to have EMI Classics once again partnering with ‘For Dummies’ to make enjoying classical music easier for everyone,” said Marc Mikulich, Vice President, Brand Management at Wiley. “The original EMI Classical Music For Dummies enhanced CD series released in 1996 was a great success, with Beethoven For Dummies reaching #2 on Billboard, the entire series winning a national homeschooling award. With that series long out of print, and a new generation of music listeners and Dummies fans to be served, the time is right for a new Classical Music For Dummies series."
About EMI Classics
EMI Classics (EMIClassicsUS.com) is one of the world’s leading classical record labels, with over 100 years of experience and one of the largest and most beloved catalogs in history including artists such as Maria Callas and Itzhak Perlman.
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