Secret Lives of Great Composers

Secret Lives of Great Composers

What your Teachers Never Told You About the World's Musical Masters

Book - 2009
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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 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!
Publisher: Philadelphia, PA : Quirk Books ; San Francisco, CA : Distributed in North America by Chronicle Books, c2009
ISBN: 9781594744020
Branch Call Number: 780.92 LUN 2009 22
Characteristics: 287 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Zucca, Mario


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