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As featured in the Telegraph and on Radio 4's Today programme. 'Year of Wonder is an absolute treat - the most enlightening way to be guided through the year.' Eddie Redmayne Classical music for everyone - an inspirational piece of music for every day of the year, celebrating composers from the medieval era to the present day, written by award-winning violinist and BBC As featured in the Telegraph and on Radio 4's Today programme. 'Year of Wonder is an absolute treat - the most enlightening way to be guided through the year.' Eddie Redmayne Classical music for everyone - an inspirational piece of music for every day of the year, celebrating composers from the medieval era to the present day, written by award-winning violinist and BBC Radio 3 presenter Clemency Burton-Hill. Have you ever heard a piece of music so beautiful it stops you in your tracks? Or wanted to discover more about classical music but had no idea where to begin? Year of Wonder is a unique celebration of classical music by an author who wants to share its diverse wonders with others and to encourage a love for this genre in all readers, whether complete novices or lifetime enthusiasts. Clemency chooses one piece of music for each day of the year, with a short explanation about the composer to put it into context, and brings the music alive in a modern and playful way, while also extolling the positive mindfulness element of giving yourself some time every day to listen to something uplifting or beautiful. Thoughtfully curated and expertly researched, this is a book of classical music to keep you company: whoever you are, wherever you're from. 'The only requirements for enjoying classical music are open ears and an open mind.' Clemency Burton-Hill Playlists are available on most streaming music platforms including Apple Music.


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As featured in the Telegraph and on Radio 4's Today programme. 'Year of Wonder is an absolute treat - the most enlightening way to be guided through the year.' Eddie Redmayne Classical music for everyone - an inspirational piece of music for every day of the year, celebrating composers from the medieval era to the present day, written by award-winning violinist and BBC As featured in the Telegraph and on Radio 4's Today programme. 'Year of Wonder is an absolute treat - the most enlightening way to be guided through the year.' Eddie Redmayne Classical music for everyone - an inspirational piece of music for every day of the year, celebrating composers from the medieval era to the present day, written by award-winning violinist and BBC Radio 3 presenter Clemency Burton-Hill. Have you ever heard a piece of music so beautiful it stops you in your tracks? Or wanted to discover more about classical music but had no idea where to begin? Year of Wonder is a unique celebration of classical music by an author who wants to share its diverse wonders with others and to encourage a love for this genre in all readers, whether complete novices or lifetime enthusiasts. Clemency chooses one piece of music for each day of the year, with a short explanation about the composer to put it into context, and brings the music alive in a modern and playful way, while also extolling the positive mindfulness element of giving yourself some time every day to listen to something uplifting or beautiful. Thoughtfully curated and expertly researched, this is a book of classical music to keep you company: whoever you are, wherever you're from. 'The only requirements for enjoying classical music are open ears and an open mind.' Clemency Burton-Hill Playlists are available on most streaming music platforms including Apple Music.

30 review for Year of Wonder: Classical Music for Every Day

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ingrid

    This was a wonderful journey. I listened nearly every day and loved some of the new suggestions and disliked others.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jason Furman

    I started this on January 1st and just finished it today. It is a separate movement from a classical piece for each day of the year, generally ranging from 2 to 20 minutes. In some cases motivated by the feeling of the day (like the champagne popping in the Johann Strauss waltz for today’s piece), in some cases the birthday, death day of the composer or the date of the composition, and in some cases even more arbitrary. Clemency Burton-Hill is ecumenical in her tastes, incredibly enthusiastic, no I started this on January 1st and just finished it today. It is a separate movement from a classical piece for each day of the year, generally ranging from 2 to 20 minutes. In some cases motivated by the feeling of the day (like the champagne popping in the Johann Strauss waltz for today’s piece), in some cases the birthday, death day of the composer or the date of the composition, and in some cases even more arbitrary. Clemency Burton-Hill is ecumenical in her tastes, incredibly enthusiastic, not remotely snobby—talks about pieces she listens to in the Tube, while doing housework, or reverentially in a concert hall. All of the major composers are here but with 366 days (yes, it has the leap day—so perfect for 2020), there are lots of women, non-European/Americans, and composers who are still alive and working—many of them under 50. A book like this would have been impossible prior to streaming but with streaming I was able to listen to all 366 pieces (mostly on the designated day, but sometimes I did in groups because I got behind or felt like getting ahead). This introduced me to so many new pieces/composers that I downloaded and will help add to my listening next year and beyond. If you like classical music and want to expand your horizons this is a great way to do it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sher❤ The Fabulous BookLover

    Not sure when I’ll be finished with this book, but man I love the journey! I’ve added some amazing pieces to my spotify playlist and I love hearing the background of the composers and the reasoning behind the written pieces. This is the perfect coffee table book and I highly recommend it!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Shelli

    Although I'll rate and review it before then, don't expect me to finish this book for exactly 365 days from now, as I'm definitely using this book as intended – enjoying a single piece of music and its accompanying one-page write up each day! I'm hoping that between YouTube, Amazon Music, Hoopla, and my local library, I won't have too much trouble finding all the music referenced.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Brendan

    I liked this book ok but it got old after a while, so I’m writing my own. This one celebrated all these random days (“listening to this piece today because it’s the composer’s birthday!!!”); I’d rather have it tied to more interesting stuff. And the author also, for the sake of growing audience, always says you don’t need to understand music to appreciate it. I agree, but understanding helps make it deeper, and you can explain musical concepts without needing the person to have musical training. I liked this book ok but it got old after a while, so I’m writing my own. This one celebrated all these random days (“listening to this piece today because it’s the composer’s birthday!!!”); I’d rather have it tied to more interesting stuff. And the author also, for the sake of growing audience, always says you don’t need to understand music to appreciate it. I agree, but understanding helps make it deeper, and you can explain musical concepts without needing the person to have musical training. On the plus side, this is a great book for exposing you to new music that you never knew, female composers, living composers, old pieces that have their own small but interesting place in history. For that I would recommend this book. But I hope I can do a better job.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    Terrible as an audiobook! I thought I'd get to listen to at least a bit of the music, but there was none. Each chapter is short, a quick bio of the composer, a bit about the piece, & it's name. End of chapter & on to the next. So, I have to stop the book, remember the name (often long & confusing), search it out, & find it somewhere to listen to? Not happening. They could have at least included a 30 second clip, legal under fair use. The text doesn't go into what makes the piece great, either. I Terrible as an audiobook! I thought I'd get to listen to at least a bit of the music, but there was none. Each chapter is short, a quick bio of the composer, a bit about the piece, & it's name. End of chapter & on to the next. So, I have to stop the book, remember the name (often long & confusing), search it out, & find it somewhere to listen to? Not happening. They could have at least included a 30 second clip, legal under fair use. The text doesn't go into what makes the piece great, either. I don't know much about music, but I do know there are certain combinations of notes, tempos, & beats that hit certain chords in us. There is a math underlying much of it that appeals to our penchant for patterns, but there was nothing on that for the first couple, so I'm abandoning this as a waste of time in audio format. This might be OK as daily meditation book in text of some sort, but definitely not as an audiobook, so how about another format? Nope. $11 is way too expensive for a Kindle text. It's almost as much used from Abebooks in HB & the PB edition is a few $ more. Not worth it to me. Big disappointment.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lillian

    " . . .I believe that music holds the mystery of being alive. These pieces, some of which are just a few minutes long, can do so much with so little. They become friends, they become teachers, they become magic carpets. I feel, in the company of the greatest music, recognized, seen, held. Engines of empathy, they allow us to travel without moving into other lives, other ages, other souls." Clemency Buron-Hill Obviously, music and literature have everything in common. They are both universal langua " . . .I believe that music holds the mystery of being alive. These pieces, some of which are just a few minutes long, can do so much with so little. They become friends, they become teachers, they become magic carpets. I feel, in the company of the greatest music, recognized, seen, held. Engines of empathy, they allow us to travel without moving into other lives, other ages, other souls." Clemency Buron-Hill Obviously, music and literature have everything in common. They are both universal languages that travel across any border you could come up with. Year of Wonder, courtesy of Clemency Burton-Hill provides a hand curated treasury of music for every day of the year; 366 works by more than 240 composers from medievalists to the twenty-first century. When I opened my copy to the 8th of July (today), I was joyously offered up the Gladiolus Rag by Scott Joplin. As an African American who was exposed to minimal classical music as a child and who is now enraptured by all things classical, this was wondrous for me. Year of Wonder is the book I need, indeed it is the book for everyone, those who merely want to dip in occasionally and those like me who long for immersion. I cannot recommend Year Of Wonder highly enough. Clemency Burton-Hill is an angel. Revel in music and literature and discover bliss. Thank you SO much HarperCollins for the ARE!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Pauline Belfiore

    Every day my husband and and I listened, semi faithfully, to selections from A Year of Wonder by Clemency Briton-Hill! (This Book was donated to our public library by the Friends Group, in honor of Arthur Belfiore & the MCHS Marching Band.) We had a sticker system which designated favorite selections! We agreed there were some not to receive a sticker, or to listen to ever again! It was a fun family project, and made for some entertaining dinner conversation! Every day my husband and and I listened, semi faithfully, to selections from A Year of Wonder by Clemency Briton-Hill! (This Book was donated to our public library by the Friends Group, in honor of Arthur Belfiore & the MCHS Marching Band.) We had a sticker system which designated favorite selections! We agreed there were some not to receive a sticker, or to listen to ever again! It was a fun family project, and made for some entertaining dinner conversation!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    What an amazing book project. I would read a few of the days, download the songs to google play, and then spend a few days listening to them, then going on to read more. And such fun to come, from listening to all the songs again, to listening to all of the different renditions, and then listening to more from the artists I really liked. Can't say I enjoyed all of the songs, but really I would say I didn't enjoy maybe 7 songs? Please don't tell 15 year old me that I would get older and start to What an amazing book project. I would read a few of the days, download the songs to google play, and then spend a few days listening to them, then going on to read more. And such fun to come, from listening to all the songs again, to listening to all of the different renditions, and then listening to more from the artists I really liked. Can't say I enjoyed all of the songs, but really I would say I didn't enjoy maybe 7 songs? Please don't tell 15 year old me that I would get older and start to enjoy classical music.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Siri

    Loved this book

  11. 4 out of 5

    Humphreydunn

    Although it was nice to have something new to listen to every morning, the commentary of the author left much to be desired. It was often inane and simplistic, unfortunately, as was her agenda to spotlight some composers who would actually have been better left in the dark.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    interesting concept but honestly? for the repetition of the same phrase ('formal elegance') and appalling number of times the slur 'g*psy' was used in a modern context and the switching between adoring and making digs at millennials....gonna have to give this a 2.5 :/

  13. 5 out of 5

    Hapzydeco

    If you believe that music enhances your life, this daily dose might be for you. However while this playlist Includes a piece for every day of the year (365), there is no music is included.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ellery

    Can't say enough good things about this book. Burton-Hill shares my love of music -and hatred of snobbery about it. Like Yo-Yo Ma, she invites people to forget the labels and just enjoy "music," while recognizing that the word "classical" scares people off. She has chosen to stand at the gates, pushing the doors open and cheerfully inviting us in. She has compiled a fantastic year-long daily listening sampler. And what a collection! Mozart, Bach and Beethoven are in there, of course---but she gi Can't say enough good things about this book. Burton-Hill shares my love of music -and hatred of snobbery about it. Like Yo-Yo Ma, she invites people to forget the labels and just enjoy "music," while recognizing that the word "classical" scares people off. She has chosen to stand at the gates, pushing the doors open and cheerfully inviting us in. She has compiled a fantastic year-long daily listening sampler. And what a collection! Mozart, Bach and Beethoven are in there, of course---but she gives the impression of romping through the woods of the canon, overturning old rocks and gravestones to bring us lesser known composers with lovely gems to offer; loads and loads of female composers who deserve way more recognition than the dismissal they got for being female, (or, in Fanny Mendelssohn's case, forced to publish under her brothers name!) composers of color, and many interesting modern composers who are working today. I love opening up to today's date and finding what gift of music, music history and lore I have today. I can see keeping this book handy for a 5 minute music break for years to come. The book makes a perfect gift as well!

  15. 5 out of 5

    David Dunlap

    Did not read this so much as skim it -- it is not what I was expecting. -- This book would make a GREAT gift to give someone who wants to learn about classical music or for the person who already loves classical but would like to expand his/her horizons. The selections touch most of The Greats, but there is a definite whiff of political correctness about the contents (although the inclusion of so many female composers is a definite plus).

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nichelle Crocker

    This is great. A classical piece a day with a short paragraph or two about the piece or composer. I have listened on work days all year and enjoyed it so much that I will continue with this next year as well. It’s a nice mix of music from different periods, some familiar and some new to me. I wanted something to use as a jumping off point for new listening and this was perfect. I figure it usually takes about fifteen minutes or less to read the text and listen. I’ve been able to find everything ea This is great. A classical piece a day with a short paragraph or two about the piece or composer. I have listened on work days all year and enjoyed it so much that I will continue with this next year as well. It’s a nice mix of music from different periods, some familiar and some new to me. I wanted something to use as a jumping off point for new listening and this was perfect. I figure it usually takes about fifteen minutes or less to read the text and listen. I’ve been able to find everything easily on Spotify. There is a Year of Wonder playlist there.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Alison

    If you’re looking for a New Years Resolution that’s a joy to keep then this is the book for you! This was my 2019 resolution (to be no more than a week ‘out’ to cover holidays etc) and while I didn’t enjoy all the pieces, I did enjoy having a new one to listen to every day. Give it a try :)

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sebastian

    Wonderful book that makes you get acquainted with classical music in a fun way and not only from famous composers. Each day of the year one piece of classical music.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Divine. A classical piece of music for every day of the year, with a short introduction to each. Clemmie's selections are also fantastic; lots of women, lots of POC, lots of obscure musicians only noticed in their own countries, etc.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    I decided to end this book before an entire year. I was buying too many of these musical pieces on iTunes. It’s an awesome book with lots of suggestions in various classical music modes: piano, orchestra, string ensembles, etc. I hope I receive a copy for Christmas this year.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Joanna Taylor Stone

    Loved this journey through classical music during 2019, especially its care to go beyond just the dead white men that everyone associates with classical music. I discovered so many composers and performers that I would never have known about otherwise. I am finding myself wishing there was a second volume for 2020.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sammy

    An interesting concept, and a good way to discover some great music (and some not so great too!). The book itself was interesting to begin with, but got a bit tedious as the year progressed. I finished the last couple of weeks in one go, so I can pass it on to someone else before the new year starts.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Babs

    ‘Year of Wonder’ is an absolute delight & I have loved every minute of it! It’s a truly wonderful, enlightening, exciting & interactive journey through a year of classical music. Clemency Burton-Hill has done a fantastic job of making classical music totally accessible to absolutely everyone, dispelling the myth that you have to ‘know things’, or to be ‘learned’, to be able to listen to classical music. Her writing is beautiful; easy to read, down to earth, heartfelt, informative & brimming with ‘Year of Wonder’ is an absolute delight & I have loved every minute of it! It’s a truly wonderful, enlightening, exciting & interactive journey through a year of classical music. Clemency Burton-Hill has done a fantastic job of making classical music totally accessible to absolutely everyone, dispelling the myth that you have to ‘know things’, or to be ‘learned’, to be able to listen to classical music. Her writing is beautiful; easy to read, down to earth, heartfelt, informative & brimming with enthusiasm & passion. There is nothing difficult, technical or ‘high brow’ about it. Clemency clearly loves her music & she’s, naturally, very excited to share it with us, which is part of what makes this book so marvellous. Clemency’s daily musings & short stories that accompany the music are fantastically informative & interesting, indeed often eye-opening; those concerning female composers, music composed during the war or in seemingly intolerable or impossible circumstances, early LGBT composers, from long before that acronym came into being, etc. Such incredible, enlightening stories. Or on 12 February for a beautiful Liszt piece entitled ‘Consolations’, simply “It is mid-February. Be consoled by this - just this”! Having worked my way through the year I now know some composers whose music I really do enjoy, (Chopin, Liszt ...), & others that simply don’t do it for me. I feel I have learned so much & enjoyed so much music that I can now confidently go out & buy (or stream) classical music by the composers I’ve discovered I love. I’m not sure I knew I had a ‘fear’ of classical music but I did have that ‘where do I start?’ feeling about it. Now I know where to start ... with this book! And it’s easy! Yes, in summary this book is ‘simply wonderful’! Thank you Clemency Burton-Hill!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Timothy Langhorst

    As I read this book, really got the sense of wonder Clemency Burton-Hill has for music. A book that either someone familiar or not familiar with classical music would enjoy. Am going back and reviewing entries a day at a time just for fun.

  25. 4 out of 5

    CatReader

    I listened to the audiobook version of Year of Wonder and really wanted to enjoy it more than I did. I've always casually enjoyed classical music but have wanted to gain more perspective into the history of the pieces and learn how to be a more savvy listener, so I was hoping this book could provide that insight. However, from a practical standpoint, with an audiobook that's divided into twelve parts (one for each month of the year) but isn't further subdivided into each day of the year for easy I listened to the audiobook version of Year of Wonder and really wanted to enjoy it more than I did. I've always casually enjoyed classical music but have wanted to gain more perspective into the history of the pieces and learn how to be a more savvy listener, so I was hoping this book could provide that insight. However, from a practical standpoint, with an audiobook that's divided into twelve parts (one for each month of the year) but isn't further subdivided into each day of the year for easy access, it's not very feasible and quite inconvenient to actually follow through listening to a 30-60 second snippet of why the author has chosen each piece for a day, then to go track it down separately on a different device (though I did find and favorite the author's Spotify playlist and listen to parts of it separately). I feel a huge missed opportunity was if snippets of each featured track would be played in the background of the audio recording as the author explained why she chose that piece and connects with it - that way I could make note of the pieces I enjoyed previewing and would like to hear more of. Another complicating factor is that I checked out the audiobook from my local library using Overdrive, and thus I only have access to it for 3 weeks (and was on the waitlist for almost 6 months prior to the book becoming available to me, so renewing it is not an option unless I want to wait another 6 months before checking it out again). I had hoped there was a digital list with the suggested piece per calendar date accompanying the audiobook that I could download so that I could keep enjoying the book after having to return it - but alas, there is not. The Spotify playlist is ordered by the calendar date the author suggests we listen to each piece which is nice, but there is no feature in Spotify that allows for automatically identifying and playing that day's piece when you open the app or desktop version each day (and I'm not about to figure out the Julian date of July 15 and then manually count and scroll through the playlist to find the accompanying song - with no digital list of songs by date, bookmarks in the audiobook per each date rather than month, and no more access to the audiobook as I've had to turn it back into my library - I'm out of luck). Furthermore, and this is a minor critique, there are a handful of songs on the Spotify playlist that are geoblocked in the US (shown on my playlist as greyed out). I'm not sure if there are equivalent versions on Spotify or another medium that are US accessible, but I certainly won't be going through the trouble of hunting them down. Overall, I think this was an ambitious idea for a book, but in audio format (especially for people who don't own the audio book and only have temporary access), it really doesn't work.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    Want a present that’s a pleasure to the ear and the intellect? Give relatives and friends “Year of Wonder: Classical Music to Enjoy Day by Day.” Add a subscription to a music-streaming service like Spotify, Pandora or Apple Music, and they’ll be able to create playlists of classical music suggested in Clemency Burton-Hill’s comprehensive and thoroughly pleasurable volume. The Brit author, broadcaster, musician and journalist takes the guesswork out of what to listen to, suggesting one musical pi Want a present that’s a pleasure to the ear and the intellect? Give relatives and friends “Year of Wonder: Classical Music to Enjoy Day by Day.” Add a subscription to a music-streaming service like Spotify, Pandora or Apple Music, and they’ll be able to create playlists of classical music suggested in Clemency Burton-Hill’s comprehensive and thoroughly pleasurable volume. The Brit author, broadcaster, musician and journalist takes the guesswork out of what to listen to, suggesting one musical piece for each day of the year. There’s a variety of composers included, from the medieval age to the modern, music ranging from the exuberant to the more somber — something to satisfy the taste of classical novices and classical experts too. With each suggestion, Burton-Hill offers information about the music or composer — entertaining quips, oftentimes stories and little known facts that make the gifted composers seem like ordinary Joes and Josephines. While Bach, Chopin, Beethoven and the like are represented there also are a bevy of less well-knowns. In many of the entries, Burton-Hill suggests a piece on a date that’s significant to the music, the birthdate or death of the composer, the independence day of a particular country and the like. In the introduction to “Year of Wonder,” Burton-Hill, admits that though she’s been steeped in classical music as a broadcaster on Britain’s “Breakfast” show on BBC Radio for many years, she continues to discover composers and music she enjoys. At the urging of listeners to her radio program, who have asked her to suggest playlists, Burton-Hill wrote this book. Included is a month’s worth of selections, 30 pieces of music from September, which can be downloaded on Apple Music. One of Burton-Hill’s goals in writing “A Year of Wonder” was to spread her love of classical music and help ease the highbrow stigma associated with it. Her research and ofttimes humorous voice, puts readers at ease, making this welcome volume fascinating and educational.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    First book finished for #readathon (I only had about 150p left). This is a really solid one-piece-per-day devotional, if you will, designed to dive deep into the classical music catalogue. A few of my favorites are missing (Rhapsody in Blue, where are you?? Enigma Variations? Any ballet music?) but there were a lot of new-to-me composers to explore (starting right away in January with Hildegard von Bingen). Burton-Hill has also very consciously tried to make an inclusive list to try and get outs First book finished for #readathon (I only had about 150p left). This is a really solid one-piece-per-day devotional, if you will, designed to dive deep into the classical music catalogue. A few of my favorites are missing (Rhapsody in Blue, where are you?? Enigma Variations? Any ballet music?) but there were a lot of new-to-me composers to explore (starting right away in January with Hildegard von Bingen). Burton-Hill has also very consciously tried to make an inclusive list to try and get outside the white/male boundaries classical music has tried to keep around itself. What I think this collection is missing are some recommendations for which recording to listen to. Some more recent or less popular will have fewer to choose from but something like “Che gelida manina” from La Bohème will have hundreds available. Burton-Hill has also curated playlists by month (if you’re not bonkers like me and pulling multiple versions, favorites, and complete works rather than movements and are making your own). Search for Clemency (with the blue tick mark) in Spotify or Year of Wonder at Apple Music.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jody

    A wonderful book. I've really enjoyed reading about classical music this year. For each day of the year, the book has a short description of a classical piece, emphasizing the composer or the piece or some fascinating tidbit. I found a Spotify playlist to match the book. Most days, I'd read about the piece for the day and then listen to it on good speakers through a bluetooth connection between my amplifier and my tablet computer. (You younger folks think I'm belaboring this, but the technology A wonderful book. I've really enjoyed reading about classical music this year. For each day of the year, the book has a short description of a classical piece, emphasizing the composer or the piece or some fascinating tidbit. I found a Spotify playlist to match the book. Most days, I'd read about the piece for the day and then listen to it on good speakers through a bluetooth connection between my amplifier and my tablet computer. (You younger folks think I'm belaboring this, but the technology was new to me. When we replaced our old amplifier that conked out, I never thought I'd have any use for the built-in bluetooth, but sure enough, I did!) My eye doctor has recommended that I lie down with a warm washcloth over my closed eyes for 5-10 minutes every day. Doing this while listening to the classical piece for each day has been wonderful! There have been a few pieces I would never have chosen and won't look for again, but the vast majority have been delightful, and I have been introduced to quite a few composers I hadn't known. I love that the author did not skimp on female composers the way most compilers of classical music have done. I heartily recommend this book!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jenn Conwell

    From my blog and instagram account - @livereadandprosper Thank you so much to Harper Books for sending me a copy in exchange for my honest review. This book is a devotional for classical music. Every day is a piece of classical music that you can listen to and enjoy. A small written note by Celemency herself (a famous and talented musician) is written about each piece that shows her love of music and wealth of knowledge. I have gone few multiple pieces to listen to and have been in love with every From my blog and instagram account - @livereadandprosper Thank you so much to Harper Books for sending me a copy in exchange for my honest review. This book is a devotional for classical music. Every day is a piece of classical music that you can listen to and enjoy. A small written note by Celemency herself (a famous and talented musician) is written about each piece that shows her love of music and wealth of knowledge. I have gone few multiple pieces to listen to and have been in love with every single one of them. I really appreciate how Clemency has expressed the importance of listening to classical music for every person. She brings up the stereotypical idea that people have to be in silence, sitting on the couch, and in the mood to listen to classical music. She encourages people to listen to these pieces in any environment because it will enrich your lives no matter what. I will be getting this book for many friends and family members because I love it so. 5/5 Stars

  30. 5 out of 5

    Marty Monforte

    "Year of Wonder: Classical Music for Every Day" features a classical music piece for every day of the year. For each day, the author writes a summary or a reflection of the piece. At times, the writer offers a musical analysis of the piece, while at other times she writes a personal reflection. The pieces come from famous composers such as W.A Mozart, J.S. Bacch, L.V. Beethoven and others, while at other times the featured pieces come from less famous composers. The pieces span the spectrum of m "Year of Wonder: Classical Music for Every Day" features a classical music piece for every day of the year. For each day, the author writes a summary or a reflection of the piece. At times, the writer offers a musical analysis of the piece, while at other times she writes a personal reflection. The pieces come from famous composers such as W.A Mozart, J.S. Bacch, L.V. Beethoven and others, while at other times the featured pieces come from less famous composers. The pieces span the spectrum of musical history - from the renaissance to the present day. The book is good for musical experts, novices and those in between. Classical music remains one of the special treasures of our world. This book helps the reader to learn more about this treasure.

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