The Lives and Times of the Great Composers [NOOK Book]

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Explore the life of Bach, the respectable burgher much of whose vast output was composed amidst petty turf disputes in Lutheran Leipzig; the ugly, argumentative Beethoven in French-occupied Vienna, obsessed by his laundry; Mozart, the over-exploited infant prodigy whose untimely death was shrouded in rumour. Steen gives us the story of Verdi, who composed against the background of the Italian Risorgimento; the family life of the Wagners; and Brahms, who rose from the slums of Hamburg to become a devotee of beer ...

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The Lives and Times of the Great Composers

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Overview

Explore the life of Bach, the respectable burgher much of whose vast output was composed amidst petty turf disputes in Lutheran Leipzig; the ugly, argumentative Beethoven in French-occupied Vienna, obsessed by his laundry; Mozart, the over-exploited infant prodigy whose untimely death was shrouded in rumour. Steen gives us the story of Verdi, who composed against the background of the Italian Risorgimento; 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-siècle Vienna, a cultural capital bent on destroying Mahler ... and much more.

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Steen (chairman, Royal Coll. of Music Soc., London) studies the social, cultural, and political spheres that affected the lives and works of approximately 50 composers, from J.S. Bach to Benjamin Britten. Using a wide array of sources, he profiles each composer through a series of snapshots that place the subject in an intriguing and distinctive light; the music is tied into the larger story. This approach is both narrative and anecdotal, at times chronological and out of sequence. Verdi, for example, is described in terms of his seminal influence on the unification of Italy, including his term in the first parliament; Beethoven's outspoken political ideals and his mistaken arrest are also addressed. For the most part, Steen treats each composer in a separate chapter. Well written, fascinating, and extremely useful, this volume serves as both a sociological study and a reference work. Highly recommended for public and academic libraries.-Timothy J. McGee, Hastings, Ont. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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"Well written, fascinating, and extremely useful, this volume serves as both a sociological study and a reference work. Highly recommended. "—Library Journal starred review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848312678
  • Publisher: Icon Books, Ltd. UK
  • Publication date: 7/1/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 968
  • Sales rank: 317,068
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

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.

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