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The lives of the great composers

Author: Harold C Schonberg
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, ©1981.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : Rev. edView all editions and formats
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Biographies of the important composers from Monteverdi and Bach to Bartok and Webern are designed to show the history of music.
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Genre/Form: Biography
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Harold C Schonberg
ISBN: 0393013022 9780393013023 0393014037 9780393014037
OCLC Number: 6278261
Description: 653 pages : portraits ; 25 cm
Contents: Pioneer of opera : Claudio Monteverdi --
Transfiguration of the baroque : Johann Sebastian Bach --
Composer and impresario : George Frideric Handel --
Reformer of opera : Christoph Willibald Gluck --
Classicism par excellence : Joseph Haydn --
Prodigy from Salzburg : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart --
Revolutionary from Bonn : Ludwig Van Beethoven --
Poet of music : Franz Schubert --
Freedom and a new language : Weber and the early romantics --
Romantic exuberance and classic restraint : Hector Berlioz --
Florestan and Eusebius : Robert Schumann --
Apotheosis of the piano : Frederic Chopin --
Virtuoso, charlatan--and prophet : Franz Liszt --
Bourgeois genius : Felix Mendelssohn --
Voice, voice, and more voice : Rossini, Donizetti, Bellini --
Spectacle, spectacle, and more spectacle : Meyerbeer, Cherubini, Auber --
Colossus of Italy : Giuseppe Verdi --
Colossus of Germany : Richard Wagner --
Keeper of the flame : Johannes Brahms --
Master of the lied : Hugo Wolf --
Waltz, can-can, and satire : Strauss, Offenbach, Sullivan --
Faust and French opera : From Gounod to Saint-Saens --
Russian nationalism and the mighty five : From Glinka to Rimsky-Korsakov --
Surcharged emotionalism : Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky --
From Bohemia to Spain : European nationalists --
Chromaticism and sensibilite : From Franck to Faure --
Only for the theater : Giacomo Puccini --
Romanticism's long coda : Richard Strauss --
Religion, mysticism and retrospection : Bruckner, Mahler, Reger --
Sympolism and impressionism : Claude Debussy --
Gallic elegance and the new breed : Maurice Ravel and Les Six --
The chameleon : Igor Stravinsky --
The English Renaissance : Elgar, Delius, Vaughan Williams --
Mysticism and melancholy : Scriabin and Rachmaninoff --
Under the Soviets : Prokofiev and Shostakovich --
German neoclassicism : Busoni, Weill, Hindemith --
Rise of an American tradition : From Gottschalk to Copland --
The uncompromising Hungarian : Bela Bartok --
The second Viennese school : Schoenberg, Berg, Webern --
The international serial movement : From Varese to Messiaen --
The new eclecticism : From Carter to the minimalists.
Responsibility: Harold C. Schonberg.

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