The History of Classical Music For Beginners By R. Ryan Endris

    Review The History of Classical Music For Beginners

    برای شروع خوب بود و مطالب روان و ساده.
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    As its name suggests, the book is geared towards people with no prior knowledge of classical music and perhaps music in general. It doesn’t use any musical notations or technical analysis which could intimidate a novice and therefore is easy to get through and understand it on semantic level, but the problem is while one can almost fully understand the words he is saying, she/he may not get much of the quality of the vast different music they try to describe! It introduces a large and different variety of classical music –in its general meaning- as it evolved throughout centuries in a short volume without being able to clearly convey the elements of each to the reader unfamiliar to them. It’s almost like a book talking about the history of painting without actually showing images of each style and form! It’s totally possible to only talk about realism, expressionism, naturalism, surrealism and … but it wouldn’t be much helpful for someone who never saw any of those paintings. This issue is more noticeable in first 8 chapters before it shifts to later music of renaissance and baroque as music of those early periods might even not be easily accessible on internet. For this, this book should have come with an audio CD or something. I give an example from chapter 13:
    The French overture was marked by two distinct, repeated sections: the first was grand and majestic, homophonic and employing unequal rhythms that rushed to the downbeat; the second section was faster and usually imitative like a fugue.
    Did you understand it? Yes! Could you imagine the different music kinds those adjectives and terms were describing? Perhaps not! And I could draw lots of lines from the book like that. At the end, music is an actual physical experience that is not translatable to words and reducible to terms and styles therefore this might be the shared issue of such books that try to depict the music for the beginners who never heard the pieces before.
    From the other hand, the layout of the book in very short chapters has a positive side too as it gives a sense of rapid progression and fulfillment to the reader and might be a good strategy for an author if they feel fit for conveying the topics clearly in few pages without causing confusion and opaqueness.
    All being said,this book still managed to keep my curiosity and special respect for this very unique realm of music.


    یکی از کارهای عجیب ناشر که در چند اثر دیگری که ازش دارم ( نیچه، اخلاق ) هم اعمال شده، حذف فهرست عناوین و سرفصل های کتاب هست که واقعا نمی فهمم با چه منطق و استدلالی چنین تصمیم خلاقانه ای برای حذف این قسمت ضروری و مهم از کتاب گرفته شده. و اما نکته اصلی مربوط به بحث ناشیرین ترجمه است! اگر بخواهم به همه غلط های ترجمه درین کتاب اشاره کنم، نوشته در انتها به یک ریویوی بسیار طولانی بدل خواهد شد بنابراین به ذکر چند مورد قناعت می کنم و از اونجا که از خوندن کار پرغلطی که کوچکترین زحمتی برای غلط گیری و ویراستاری در موردش نشده بسیار عصبانی شدم و توصیه هم شده که آدم در عصبانیت حرفی نزنه، سکوت کرده و قضاوت رو بر عهده خوانندگان می گذارم
    فصل دوازدهم

    While the ricercare will eventually fall out of fashion, the fugue will become an important staple of the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries and an in¬spiration for composers in the centuries to follow
    وقتی ریچرکار کاملا از مد افتاد، فوگ به عنوان یک رابط و گیره، قرن هفدهم میلادی را به قرن هجدهم متصل کرد و طی دو قرن به عنوان الهامی برای آهنگسازان برای ساخت موسیقی به کار رفت.
    درینجا استیپل به جای اینکه در معنای مربوط به بافت مناسب خودش –که مثلا میشد به ماده خام ترجمه بشه، به کار بره، در معنای مربوط به اصطلاح جراحی و به رابط و گیره ترجمه شده! و در ادامه و در همون صفحه :

    سوناتا واژه ای پراستفاده در قرن هفدهم بود که به صورت مجازی به هر موسیقی که برای ساز موسیقی ساخته می شد گفته می شد.

    The sonata was a very broadly used term in the seventeenth century, referring to virtually any composition for instruments .
    به صورت مجازی! انگار بحث آنلاین و غیر آنلاین بودن هست در حالیکه اون کلمه اینجا تماما یا چیزی مشابهش باید ترجمه میشد. بگذریم که در ادامه هم بهتر می بود معادل دیگری برای کامپزیشن میاورد با توجه به گنگ و نارسایی ای که در انتقال مفهوم وجود داره:
    عنوان سونات در قرن هفدهم اصطلاحی بسیار متداول بود که تقریبا به هر قطعه ای که (اختصاصا) برای سازها نوشته می شد ( موسیقی بی کلام) اطلاق می شد


    و ترجمه کمپوزر به تنظیم کننده، که معمولا به آهنگساز یا حداقل سازنده اثر معادل سازی می شود خبر از ناآشنا بودن مترجم با الفبای دنیای موسیقی یعنی موضوعی که داره ترجمش می کنه میده :
    “The Italian and French styles have long divided up the Republic of Music in France. As for me, I have always esteemed the things that deserved to be, without regard to the composer or nation.”
    که ترجمه شده: سبک های ایتالیایی و فرانسوی جمهورِ موسیقی فرانسه را بین خود تقسیم کرده بودند. من شخصا همواره برای آنچه که باید به ��ن احترام گذاشت، احترام قایل هستم، بدون توجه به ملیت و تنظیم کننده اش.
    که البته این نکته را هم که در جمله بالا، دیواید در معنای تلقی شده توسط مترجم نبوده و در مفهومی که جدایی یا اختلاف انداختن را برساند باید ترجمه میشده!

    Chap 15:
    this chapter will focus exclusively on J.S. Bach and G.F Handel, whose music has endured for centuries and serve as the example against which many other composers (and their works) are measured.
    جمله آخر به این شکل ترجمه شده: آثارشان تا قرن ها باقی ماند و برای بسیاری از آهنگسازان به عنوان الگو محسوب شدند.

    فصل شانزده :
    composers in the Classical period realized that the emotional state was fluid, and thus a single movement of music could evoke a variety of emotions. This is what paved the way for unexpected turns in the character of music in the Classical period.
    آهنگسازان در عصر کلاسیک فهمیدند که وضعیت احساسی سیال بوده و یک حرکت ساده در موسیقی می تواند موجی از احساسات را بیدار کند. این مسئله راه را برای حرکت های غیرمنتظره در منش موسیقی کلاسیک باز کرد.
    و این در حالی هست که مطمئن نیستم نویسنده با آوردن کلمه موومنت معنای عامش رو در نظر داشته. موومنت که در فارسی بیشتر موومان دیدم نوشته میشه( که ظاهرا معادل فرانسویش هست) یک لغت تخصصی موسیقی هست که با معنای متدوالش فرق داره و شاید بشه اون رو بخش ترجمه کرد. در ادامه جمله هم باز ازکلمه حرکت استفاده شده و این بار برای کلمه ترن که اگه خوانندگان راضی هستن از انتخاب این معادل در این بافتار، من حرفی ندارم
    فصل هفدهم:
    The symphony was descendent of more than one instrumental genre. although it takes its name from the Italian sinfonia (opera overture).
    سمفونی، بیش از یک گونه سازی بود: اگرچه، نامش را از کلمه ایتالیایی سینفونیا (پیش درآمد در اپرا) گرفته بود

    His unfinished Requiem has long been shrouded in mystery and legend.
    رکوئیم تکمیل نشده وی تا مدت های طولانی پنهان و به شکل افسانه مانده بود

    و اما نکته آخر از عجایب این کتاب، حذف و ترجمه نکردن واژه نامه اصطلاحات تخصصی از انتهای کتاب بود! خلاصه اینکه توصیه می کنم برای درک بهتر مطالب، کتاب به زبان اصلی خونده بشه Paperback In order to fully understand the social and cultural impact of western music in today’s society, we necessarily have to go back to ancient times and meticulously study from there the evolution of music, attributed to cultural and political changes in past societies.

    Although we constantly mistake “classical music” for all the music written previous to the 20th century, the book shows us that music has actually radically evolved from the firsts human civilizations, the medieval era, the baroque and romantic periods to the beginnings of the 21st century; proving that “classical music” is not only a much broader term than we might think, but also an ever changing concept.

    The book title speaks for itself, since the book is specifically written “for beginners”. This allows readers of all sorts (regardless of their previous knowledge on the field) to equally dive into the immense and fascinating world of “classical music”. Paperback Excellent primer for anyone wanting to understand more about the history and cultural impact of Classical music. It's great for beginner (like myself) and those who play and sing (not me) who would like to becomemore familiar with things like: the significance and importance of the development of notation, it's growth within western civilization and the catholic church,its mathmatical foundations, the different composers and movements and more.

    The writing style is accesible without being either too dumb downed or too caught up in jargon and terminology. And the illustrations are a perfect companion to the text. The book succeeds both in purpose and execution. I would like to check out more of the series. 5 Stars.


    Disclaimer: I received an Advanced Reader's Copy from the publisher through Goodreads. Paperback کتاب برای تازه‌کارها یا begginers فقط در زمینه تاریخ موسیقی هستش
    فقط از منظر تاریخی بررسی شده و هیچ توضیح تئوری موسیقی نداره و برای خوندنش باید از قبل با یکسری مفاهیم موسیقی آشنا باشید
    البته کمک میکنه تا چندین آهنگساز رو بشناسین Paperback

    Music history is nearly as old as human civilization itself, and while it has permeated the arts and popular culture for centuries, it still has a mystifying aura surrounding it. But fear not--it's not as complicated as it seems, and anyone can learn the origins and history of Western classical music.

    In addition to learning how better to understand (and enjoy!) classical music, The History of Classical Music For Beginners will help you learn some of the more interesting and sometimes comical stories behind the music and composers. For example: Did you know that Jean-Baptiste Lully actually died from conducting one of his own compositions? You may have heard of Gregorian chant, but did you know there are many forms of chant, including Ambrosian and Byzantine chant? And did you also know that only a small portion of classical music is even technically classical?

    These interesting, insightful facts and more are yours to discover in The History of Classical Music For Beginners. The History of Classical Music For Beginners

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    I received this as a giveaway. Thank you. It was amusing and full of signposts of what to look further into. The illustration speech bubbles were corny and could have been left off. It would've been cool to put say an actual quote by Bach in the bubble. Nice big font size. Informative. Paperback This is a goodreads firstread review.

    I wanna say that I learned a lot from this book, but the truth is that I won't take away even a fraction of the knowledge that I should have learned from this book. It shows the evolution of music while speaking of composers that people generally know, even if they aren't huge fans of classical music. I can't say that I know the difference between Bach (any of them) or Mozart, or Stavinsky, or the difference between a motto mass, or a mass proper. However, I thoroughly enjoyed the humor and the illustrations and the short chapters. I feel that this is a book that anyone at any age can get enjoyment and knowledge out of no matter their classical music love level.

    Thanks guys, I'll keep my eyes open for more for beginners book. Paperback