Beethoven's Skull: Dark, Strange, and Fascinating Tales from the World of Classical Music and Beyond

Beethoven's Skull: Dark, Strange, and Fascinating Tales from the World of Classical Music and Beyond

by Tim Rayborn

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Beethoven's Skull: Dark, Strange, and Fascinating Tales from the World of Classical Music and Beyond by Tim Rayborn

Beethoven’s Skull is an unusual and often humorous survey of the many strange happenings in the history of Western classical music. Proving that good music and shocking tabloid-style stories make excellent bedfellows, it presents tales of revenge, murder, curious accidents, and strange fates that span more than two thousand years. Highlights include:

A cursed song that kills those who hear it
A composer who lovingly cradles the head of Beethoven’s corpse when his remains are exhumed half a century after his death
A fifteenth-century German poet who sings of the real-life Dracula
A dream of the devil that inspires a virtuoso violin piece

Unlike many music books that begin their histories with the seventeenth or eighteenth centuries, Beethoven’s Skull takes the reader back to the world of ancient Greece and Rome, progressing through the Middle Ages and all the way into the twentieth century. It also looks at myths and legends, superstitions, and musical mysteries, detailing the ways that musicians and their peers have been rather horrible to one another over the centuries.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781510712713
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date: 11/15/2016
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 249,736
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Tim Rayborn writes on a variety of historical and musical topics, from the Middle Ages to the early twentieth century; he has a PhD from the University of Leeds in England. He is also a professional musician, with a specialty in medieval repertoire. He lives in Berkeley, California.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is well worth the read! It's informative as well as humorously written. Whether the reader is "into" classical music or not, a musician or an electrician, the book is entertaining, and provides a great nonfiction reading experience. Find out about composers who were killers or just strange individuals. Enjoy!