The Great Composers

The Great Composers

The Lives and Music of the Great Classical Composers

Book - 2008
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From the romantic agonies of Hector Berlioz to the lonely labors of Anton Bruckner; from the cosmopolitan triumphs of George Frideric Handel to the politically fraught career of Dmitri Shostakovich, the lives of the great composers are as varied and multifaceted as the works of creative genius they produced. Biographical profiles of 50 of Western classical music's greatest composers are presented in chronological order in this elegant and informative survey. Each account describes the life, artistic development, and creative output of each composer and places their work within a historical and cultural context. Shortlists of must-hear masterpieces from each composer are also provided, making this a perfect resource for building a brilliant classical music collection.

Publisher: London : Quercus, 2008.
ISBN: 9781906719074
Branch Call Number: 780. 92 NIC
Characteristics: 256 p. : col. ill., ports. (chiefly col.) ; 23 cm.


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Jun 02, 2011

"Great" synopsis of 50 composers! The layout of each biography is simple, yet conducive to learning the most relevant facts about the composers therein. This would be an excellent text to use in a music appreciation study for homeschoolers. My only complaint is that the author did not choose at least another 50 composers (He mentions that it was a difficult task to select only 50). Alas, one of my favorites, C.P.E. Bach, was not included.

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