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October 11, 2022

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“Declassified transforms what many perceive as the complex, enigmatic, even exclusionary genre of classical music into a dazzling, hilarious, and uniquely awe-inspiring reading and listening adventure… Cue vigorous applause and a standing ovation because Declassified is an enchanting and exhilarating tour de force. Encore!”

- Booklist

“This is a fantastic no-nonsense read for anyone interested in an introduction to the beautiful—and sometimes daunting—world of classical music.”

- Kevin Olusola, The Pentatonix

“Arianna Warsaw-Fan Rauch has written a marvelously irreverent guide to classical music, which everyone, including musicians, must read. While pulling back the curtain on music throughout the centuries, she feathers in her own story of struggle and success as a professional violinist at the top of her game, and with plenty of laugh out loud anecdotes along the way. Declassified is a delight—an honest exploration into how to listen intelligently to music so as to glean its mystery and genius. It both educates and entertains. I loved this book.”

- Marcia Butler, author of The Skin Above My Knee and Oslo, Maine

“Arianna combines authenticity and a wicked sense of humor to shed light on a culture rarely discussed in mainstream culture. Having lived this world myself, it is not only truthful but an extremely fun and accessible read that illuminates the most resilient and influential artistic form in modern history.”

- James Shin, Executive Vice President, SB Projects

“I expected Declassified to be this brilliant, but not this funny. Essential reading for anyone who’s ever turned on or turned off classical music. I wish I’d had something like it growing up.”

- Chris Botti, Grammy-Award-winning trumpeter

“A breezy, entertaining, youthful guide to classical music for the newbie or classical-curious, with a darker side story about the cost of pursuing one’s passion.”

- Jeremy Denk, author of Every Good Boy Does Fine and MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grant-winning pianist