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The lives and times of the great composers

Author: Michael Steen
Publisher: London : Icon, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Michael Steen's "Great Composers" was originally published in 2003. A lifetime's work and almost 1000 pages long, it has since become 'the' reference point and key read on the biographical backgrounds to classical music's biggest names. Authoritative and hugely detailed - but nonetheless a joy to read - this new edition will expand its readership further and capitalise on a newfound popular interest (as evidenced  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Steen
ISBN: 9781848311350 1848311354
OCLC Number: 477286324
Notes: Originally published: 2003.
Description: viii, 984 pages (16 pages of plates) : illustrations ; 20 cm
Contents: Prelude. Handel (1685-1759) --
Bach (1685-1750) --
Haydn (1732-1809) --
Mozart (1756-91) --
Beethoven (1770-1827) --
Schubert (1797-1828) --
Rossini (1792-1868) --
Meyerbeer, Bellini, and Donizetti --
Berlioz (1803-69) --
Mendelssohn (1809-47) --
Chopin (1810-49) --
Schumann (1810-56) --
Liszt (1811-86) --
Wagner (1813-83) --
Offenbach and Johann Strauss --
Verdi (1813-1901) --
Brahms (1833-97) --
Bizet (1838-75) --
Late-19th-Century France : Franck, Saint-San͡s and Faur ̌ --
Russian Composers : Glinka and the Five --
Tchaikovsky (1840-93) --
Central-European nationalists : Smetana, Dvorak, Janc̀ek and Bartk̤ --
Scandinavian nationalists : Grieg and Sibelius --
Mahler (1860-1911) --
Richard Strauss (1864-1949) --
Debussy (1862-1918) --
Puccini (1858-1924) --
Russian Sequel --
England : Elgar, Vaughan Williams and Britten --
Postlude.
Responsibility: Michael Steen.

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A guide to the biographical backgrounds of classical music's biggest names. It helps you explore the story of Bach, the respectable burgher much of whose vast output was composed amidst petty turf  Read more...

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'Hugely informative and deliciously gossipy' -- Spectator 'A glorious plum-pudding of a book, to be consulted, with pleasure and profit, over and over again' -- Sir Jeremy Isaacs 'Michael Steen's Read more...

 
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