The mini-essays in this book are drawn from the South Carolina Public Radio program A Minute with Miles. Personal, down to earth, often funny, always fascinating—since 2011 the "Minutes" have been brilliantly illuminating the world of classical music and taking us into that world. What do musicians think about while performing, and what are their nightmares? What is it about Bach's sacred music that speaks to people of different religions, or of no religion, and what does Mozart's character Don Giovanni teach us about truth in music? What should you say to a performer after a dreadful performance, when you have to say something? And what music would you definitely not want with you if you were stranded on a desert island? As you read the mini-essays you'll find the answers to these questions and many more, and your delightful musical journey will be filled with insights and discoveries. Inside the World of Classical Music is divided into four broad sections: 1. Classical Music 2. Composers 3. Performers and Performing 4. Instruments. Within these sections, expect to find the unexpected -- a collection of insights, information, observations, and stories from the world of classical music that you won't find anywhere else.