Year of Wonder: Classical Music for Every Day

Year of Wonder: Classical Music for Every Day Review

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.

Title:Year of Wonder: Classical Music for Every Day
Edition Language:English

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    Year of Wonder: Classical Music for Every Day Reviews

  • Ingrid

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

  • 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 ...

  • 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 reasonin...

  • 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 ...

  • 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!!!”);...

  • 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...

  • 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 be...

  • 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 Ar...

  • 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 lis...

  • Siri

    Loved this book Loved this book <3 The author's passion for classical music is infectious. I wish I had another one to read and listen to throughout 2020! ...more ...