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The Lives and Times of the Great Composers
Author: Michael Steen

ISBN: 9781848311350
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 968
Published: 11 May 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.2 x 5.2
Description:
The lavish, colourful and highly acclaimed major history of the giants of classical music, now in B format paperback.

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.

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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