My (adult) brother is interested in learning more about classical music, and tends to like "book on tape/CD" format because he does a lot of commuting.
Can anybody recommend a good audio series (or book with companion CD) that will introduce music history, styles, and major composers and works of the various eras (preferably in a sequential, "this-emerged-from-that" sort of way)? He knows very little about music so I need something that doesn't require a lot of theoretical knowledge or background information, and that is engaging and fun.
It doesn't need to be terribly detailed or in-depth, but I'd like more than just a quick survey. Listening examples are a must.
There is a collage text you can find used at amazon called "Listen". You can buy a 6 CD companion set to go withg it. I liked the Teaching Company CDs better than this book but the book (if bought used) is a lot cheaper.
This course is great. My library had the set and I've listened to most of them. Very informative and interesting.
I think you once commented on it here which is the reason I decided to check it out. I've gone through a couple of other of the courses and really enjoy them - I have a 40 minute drive to work every day and it helps fill the time with something useful.