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Marsalis on Music

Companion book to the popular PBS-TV series Marsalis on Music (available on DVD), introducing families, children, and music-hungry readers of all ages to the joy of good music, both classical and jazz.

With an unrivaled freshness, charm, and sense of fun, Wynton Marsalis steps forward not only as a world-renowned jazz and classical performer, but as a great teacher in the tradition of Leonard Bernstein’s Young People’s Concerts.

Marsalis on Music

Book Details

Publish Date October 17th, 1995
Publisher W. W. Norton & Company
Language(s) English
Pages 176
Dimensions 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.6 inches
ISBN 978-0393038811


Using wonderfully appealing examples and analogies—likening the rhythmic structures of music to playing basketball or football, teaching sonata form through a story about chasing a pet hamster through a shopping mall, drawing unprecedented and revealing connections between classical music and jazz—Wynton Marsalis makes so-called “difficult” music vivid, immediately graspable, and most of all fun. The result is the perfect book for families and schools eager to give children a strong cultural foundation without boring them—no risk of that here!—or for anyone who has ever felt interested in “serious” music only to be intimidated by its intricacies.