Sex Lives of the Great Composers

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Prion?s internationally bestselling Sex Lives series presents lighthearted accounts of the sexual escapades of major figures in history, politics, religion, the arts, and film. Irreverent and gossipy, the books are packed with carnal tidbits and eye-opening revelations. Liszt discovered groupies 100 years before Mick Jagger. It was adultery that consigned the amorous Amadeus to a pauper's grave, and syphilis that left Schubert's symphony unfinished. Father of 20 legitimate children, Bach plainly did not use the ...

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Overview

Prion’s internationally bestselling Sex Lives series presents lighthearted accounts of the sexual escapades of major figures in history, politics, religion, the arts, and film. Irreverent and gossipy, the books are packed with carnal tidbits and eye-opening revelations. Liszt discovered groupies 100 years before Mick Jagger. It was adultery that consigned the amorous Amadeus to a pauper's grave, and syphilis that left Schubert's symphony unfinished. Father of 20 legitimate children, Bach plainly did not use the rhythm method. In Sex Lives of the Great Composers, Nigel Cawthorne explores the private lives of the most celebrated composers to reveal how their sexuality inspired and fired their prodigious musical creativity. From the rock stars of their day—Liszt and Chopin—to the tortured double life of homosexual Tchaikovsky, Sex Lives of the Great Composers leads its readers through the most intimate details of the musical world.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781853755422
  • Publisher: Prion
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Series: Sex Lives Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,150,052
  • Product dimensions: 4.80 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction vii
1 The Organmeister 1
2 A Man for All Seasons 5
3 Amorous Amadeus 9
4 In Search of the Immortal Beloved 19
5 Franz Josef 'Salami' Haydn 33
6 Schubert's Unfinished 39
7 Schumann and Her Two Men 45
8 Nocturnal Emissions 61
9 Lisztomania 83
10 Wagner's Ring 99
11 Pathetique 117
12 Death in Venice 135
13 Romeo and Harriet 143
14 Debussy, and Pussy 153
15 Bizet's Carmen 165
16 The Blue Danube 169
17 Offenbach in the Underworld 177
18 A Brush with the Barber 185
19 I Need an Aida 189
20 Monsieur Butterfly 195
21 Elgar's Enigma, and His Variations 203
22 Grainger was Stranger 209
23 Lie Back and Think of Britten 229
24 Three Little Maids 235
Bibliography of Sources 239
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2000

    Into Music History? This book is for you.

    I bought this book because I was doing a little bit of research on certain composers lives. It turned out that this book ended up being more interesting pleasure reading with a historical kick. I think it is a must for anyone who wants to know more about the seedy side of some of the more famous composers.

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