The Lives and Times of the Great Composers

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Icon Books, Limited, 2005 - Composers - 984 pages
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Explore the life of Bach, the respectable burgher much of whose vast output was composed amidst petty turf disputes in Lutheran Leipzig; the ugly, argumentative Beethoven in French-occupied Vienna, obsessed by his laundry; Mozart, the over-exploited infant prodigy whose untimely death was shrouded in rumour. Steen gives us the story of Verdi, who composed against the background of the Italian Risorgimento; the family life of the Wagners; and Brahms, who rose from the slums of Hamburg to become a devotee of beer and coffee in fin-de-si cle Vienna, a cultural capital bent on destroying Mahler ... and much more."

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Michael Steen was born in Dublin. He studied at the Royal College of Music, was organ scholar at Oriel College, Oxford, and then spent 30 years in a successful career in the City of London. He is chairman of the Royal College of Music Society and has been co-opted a committee member of the Friends
of the Victoria and Albert Museum.

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