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The Lives and Times of the Great Composers By Michael Steen

The Lives and Times of the Great Composers by Michael Steen

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Summary

A guide to the biographical backgrounds of classical music's biggest names. It helps you explore the story of Bach, the respectable burgher much of whose vast output was composed amidst petty turf disputes in Lutheran Leipzig, and the ugly, argumentative Beethoven in French-occupied Vienna, obsessed by his laundry.

The Lives and Times of the Great Composers Summary

The Lives and Times of the Great Composers by Michael Steen

'A glorious plum-pudding of a book, to be consulted, with pleasure and profit, over and over again' Sir Jeremy Isaacs

Michael Steen's 'Great Composers' was originally published in 2003. A lifetime's work and almost 1000 pages long, it has since become 'the' reference point and key read on the biographical backgrounds to classical music's biggest names.

Authoritative and hugely detailed - but nonetheless a joy to read - this new edition will expand its readership further and capitalise on a newfound popular interest in classical music.

Steen's book helps you explore the story of Bach, the respectable burgher much of whose vast output was composed amidst petty turf disputes in Lutheran Leipzig; or the ugly, argumentative Beethoven in French-occupied Vienna, obsessed by his laundry; or Mozart, the over-exploited infant prodigy whose untimely death was shrouded in rumour.

Read about Verdi, who composed against the background of the Italian Risorgimento; or about the family life of the Wagners; and, Brahms, who rose from the slums of Hamburg to become a devotee of beer and coffee in fin-de-siecle Vienna, a cultural capital bent on destroying Mahler...and much, much more.

The Lives and Times of the Great Composers Reviews

'Hugely informative and deliciously gossipy' -- Spectator
'A glorious plum-pudding of a book, to be consulted, with pleasure and profit, over and over again' -- Sir Jeremy Isaacs
'Michael Steen's beautifully illustrated book packs an astonishing amount of biographical and cultural detail into nearly forty subjects.' -- Independent on Sunday

About Michael Steen

Michael Steen was born in Dublin, studied at the Royal College of Music, was organ scholar at Oriel College, Oxford and is currently chairman of the Royal College of Music Society.

Additional information

GOR003811798
9781848311350
1848311354
The Lives and Times of the Great Composers by Michael Steen
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Icon Books Ltd
2010-03-04
968
N/A
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us

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