Perfect Pitch

100 pieces of classical music to bring joy, tears, solace, empathy, inspiration (& everything in between)

by Tim Bouverie

  • Published: 07 Oct 2021
  • Price: 9.99
  • Format: B Format Hardback
  • Extent: 208p
  • ISBN: 9781780725284
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‘A treat from the very first page… this book is written with such style and humour… It’s a perfect introduction to classical music for a beginner, a companion for the music lover, and sheer entertainment for both.’

Nearly all of us have the capacity to enjoy classical music but too often we are put off by not knowing where to look, or what we are actually looking for. We feel the need of a guide to help navigate such vast and varied artistic terrain.

With this delightful book, historian Tim Bouverie provides just that. Drawing on his lifelong passion for music, he has created a compilation of 100 much-loved classical pieces to move and be enjoyed by almost anyone. Some are well-known, some more idiosyncratic, others just secret gems that need to be brought out into the light – all are intended to comfort and inspire. He provides a short introduction to each piece, and a recommended recording to try.

Highly accessible and entertaining, with none of the patronising, cliché-ridden tone of the technical musicologist, Perfect Pitch is filled with engrossing stories that bring to life 300 years of the world’s greatest music.

An accompanying playlist is available here on Spotify.

‘Thank you to Tim Bouverie for this book which can be enjoyed as much by the hard-nosed professional as the beginner, anxious to learn something of this great music.’ 

‘New to classical music?  I can think of no better introduction… Already know your classical music? I can think of no better companion, no more rewarding way of extending your own knowledge.’
– John Suchet, Classic FM

‘Generous and passionate… Tim Bouverie’s selection of music is wide-ranging, and his introductions to each piece astutely blend context and anecdote, always delivered with smiling and enthusiastic authority.’
– Jane Glover, conductor and author of Mozart’s Women

About Tim Bouverie

Tim Bouverie has harboured a passion for classical music since he was five years old. Having studied history at Christ Church Oxford, he became a political journalist before becoming a full-time historian and writer. His first book Appeasing Hitler: Chamberlain Churchill and the Road to War was a Sunday Times bestseller and was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize. While working on a sequel on allied diplomacy, he has been the Alistair Horne Fellow at St Antony's College, Oxford.