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Bringing together much-loved masterpieces with exciting new works, this accessible and inspiring guide is a celebration of classical music.

With pieces ranging from Vaughan Williams’s ‘The Lark Ascending’ and Beethoven’s ‘Pastoral’ Symphony to the scores for Avatar and Assassin’s Creed, every entry puts the piece of music into context, providing fascinating insights into the inspirations behind each work and enhancing your listening experience.

Organised into occasions and themes, the book features music to accompany you through your day, from getting up and getting dressed to running, reading, walking the dog, cooking, taking a bath, going to sleep and everything in between. You’ll also find expert curations of the world’s most romantic music and the greatest Christmas works as well as compositions that celebrate the natural world and mark births and marriages.

Perfect for classical music enthusiasts as well as anyone looking for an enjoyable introduction to this genre, this is the definitive modern guide to classical music.