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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

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.
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The Lives and Times of the Great Composers Summary


'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.

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Sku
GOR003248606
Title
The Lives and Times of the Great Composers
Author
Condition
Very Good
Binding type
Paperback
Publisher
Icon Books Ltd
Year published
Number of pages
992
ISBN 10
1840466790
ISBN 13
9781840466799
Prizes
N/A
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