100 pieces of classical music to bring joy, tears, solace, laughter, inspiration, empathy & everything else in between
"Thank you to Tim Bouverie for this book which can be enjoyed as much by the hard-nosed professional as the beginner, anxious to learn something of this great music." – Jools Holland
"A treat from the very first page... the perfect introduction to classical music for a beginner, a companion for the music lover, and sheer entertainment for both." – Joanna Lumley
A book for anyone who wants to bring more classical music into their life and doesn't know where to start.
Nearly all of us have the capacity to enjoy classical music but too often we are put off by not knowing where to look, or what we are actually looking for. We feel the need of a guide to help navigate such vast and varied artistic terrain.
With this delightful book, historian Tim Bouverie provides just this. Drawing on his lifelong passion for music, he has created a compilation of 100 classical masterpieces sure to move and be enjoyed by almost anyone. Some are well-known, some more idiosyncratic, others hidden gems waiting to be brought into the light. All are intended to comfort and inspire. He provides a short introduction to each piece – variously anecdotal, personal, historical and quirky – and a recommended recording to try.
Highly accessible and entertaining, Perfect Pitch is filled with engrossing stories and insights that bring to life 300 years of the world's greatest music.
An accompanying playlist is available on Spotify.
"The most beautifully written explanation of classical music I have come across...Brilliant." – Victoria Hislop
"Generous and passionate… astutely blends context and anecdote, always delivered with smiling and enthusiastic authority." – Dame Jane Glover, conductor and author of Mozart's Women
About the Author
Tim Bouverie has nurtured a passion for classical music since he was five years old. Having studied history at Christ Church, Oxford, he worked as a political journalist before becoming a full-time historian and writer. His first book, Appeasing Hitler: Chamberlain, Churchill and the Road to War was a Sunday Times Bestseller and was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize. While working on a sequel on Allied diplomacy during the Second World War, he has been the Alistair Horne Fellow of St Antony’s College, Oxford.