Secret Lives of Great Composers: What Your Teachers Never Told You about the World's Musical Masters [NOOK Book]

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True tales of murder, riots, heartbreak, and great music.
 
With outrageous anecdotes about everyone from Gioachino Rossini (draft-dodging womanizer) to Johann Sebastian Bach (jailbird) to Richard Wagner (alleged cross-dresser), Secret Lives of Great Composers recounts the seamy, steamy, and gritty history behind the great masters of international music. You’ll learn that Edward Elgar dabbled with explosives; that John Cage was obsessed ...
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Secret Lives of Great Composers: What Your Teachers Never Told You about the World's Musical Masters

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Overview

True tales of murder, riots, heartbreak, and great music.
 
With outrageous anecdotes about everyone from Gioachino Rossini (draft-dodging womanizer) to Johann Sebastian Bach (jailbird) to Richard Wagner (alleged cross-dresser), Secret Lives of Great Composers recounts the seamy, steamy, and gritty history behind the great masters of international music. You’ll learn that Edward Elgar dabbled with explosives; that John Cage was obsessed with fungus; that Berlioz plotted murder; and that Giacomo Puccini stole his church’s organ pipes and sold them as scrap metal so he could buy cigarettes. This is one music history lesson you’ll never forget!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594747465
  • Publisher: Quirk Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/8/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 709,135
  • File size: 72 MB
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Meet the Author

Elizabeth Lunday is a journalist specializing in music, architecture, and culture. She writes the “Masterpieces” column for mental_floss magazine and lives in Fort Worth, Texas.

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  • Posted December 12, 2009

    Very interesting insights.

    I'm a psychologist, so this collection of peeks into the lives of great composers is quite appealing. It helps understand - and appreciate - their music all the more. Plus, it is great trivia.

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