Secret Lives of Great Composers: What Your Teachers Never Told You about the World’s Musical Masters

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Quirk Books #ad - True tales of murder, heartbreak, riots, and great 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. With outrageous anecdotes about everyone from gioachino Rossini draft-dodging womanizer to Johann Sebastian Bach jailbird to Richard Wagner alleged cross-dresser, steamy, Secret Lives of Great Composers recounts the seamy, and gritty history behind the great masters of international music.

This is one music history lesson you’ll never forget! .

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Secret Lives of Great Artists: What Your Teachers Never Told You about Master Painters and Sculptors

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Quirk Books #ad - You’ll learn that michelangelo’s body odor was so bad, his assistants couldn’t stand working for him; that Vincent van Gogh sometimes ate paint directly from the tube; and Georgia O’Keeffe loved to paint in the nude. With outraeous anecdotes about everyone from leonardo alleged sodomist to Caraviaggio convicted murderer to Edward Hopper alleged wife beater, steamy, Secret Lives of Great Artists recounts the seamy, and gritty history behind the great masters of international art.

Secret Lives of Great Artists: What Your Teachers Never Told You about Master Painters and Sculptors #ad - This is one art history lesson you’ll never forget! .

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Secret Lives of Great Authors: What Your Teachers Never Told You about Famous Novelists, Poets, and Playwrights

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Quirk Books #ad - Secret Lives of Great Authors: What Your Teachers Never Told You about Famous Novelists, Poets, and Playwrights #ad - Salinger drank his own urine? how many women—and men—did Lord Byron actually sleep with? And why was Ayn Rand such a big fan of Charlie’s Angels? Classic literature was never this much fun in school! Strange-but-true tales of murderers, adulterers, drug addicts, and other literary legends. D. With outrageous and uncensored profiles of everyone from william Shakespeare to Thomas Pynchon, Secret Lives of Great Authors tackles all the tough questions your high school teachers were afraid to ask: What’s the deal with Lewis Carroll and little girls? Is it true that J.

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Lives of the Musicians: Good Times, Bad Times and What the Neighbors Thought Lives of . . .

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HMH Books for Young Readers #ad - Lives of the Musicians: Good Times, Bad Times and What the Neighbors Thought Lives of . . . #ad - It's no secret that beethoven went deaf, that Mozart had constant money problems, and that Gilbert and Sullivan wrote musicals. But what were these people—and other famous musicians—really like? what did they eat? what did they wear? How did they spend their time? And—possibly most interesting of all—what did their neighbors think?      Discover the fascinating and often humorous stories of twenty famous musicians—people of all shapes, and lifestyles, sizes, temperaments, from various countries and historical periods.

Beginning with vivaldi and ending with Woodie Guthrie, Lives of the Musicians brings musical history to life! .

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Why Beethoven Threw the Stew: And Lots More Stories About the Lives of Great Composers

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Faber & Faber #ad - In why beethoven threw the stew, renowned cellist steven Isserlis sets out to pass on to children a wonderful gift given to him by his own cello teacher - the chance to people his own world with the great composers by getting to know them as friends. Isserlis brings the composers alive in an irresistible manner that can't fail to catch the attention of any child whose ear has been caught by any of the music described, or anyone entering the world of classical music for the first time.

The lively black and white line illustrations provide a perfect accompaniment to the text, and make this book attractive and accessible for children to enjoy on their own or share with an adult. Witty and informative at the same time, beethoven with his gruff humour, Isserlis introduces us to six of his favourite composers: the sublime genius Bach, the quicksilver Mozart, the shy Schumann, the prickly Brahms and that extraordinary split personality, Stravinsky.

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The Lives and Times of the Great Composers

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Icon Books Ltd #ad - 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 in classical music.

Steen's book helps you explore the story of bach, the respectable burgher much of whose vast output was composed amidst petty turf disputes in Lutheran Leipzig; or the ugly, argumentative Beethoven in French-occupied Vienna, obsessed by his laundry; or Mozart, the over-exploited infant prodigy whose untimely death was shrouded in rumour.

The Lives and Times of the Great Composers #ad - Read about verdi, brahms, who composed against the background of the Italian Risorgimento; or about the family life of the Wagners; and, who rose from the slums of Hamburg to become a devotee of beer and coffee in fin-de-siecle Vienna, a cultural capital bent on destroying Mahler. And much, much more. A glorious plum-pudding of a book, with pleasure and profit, to be consulted, over and over again' Sir Jeremy Isaacs Michael Steen's 'Great Composers' was originally published in 2003.

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Secret Lives of Great Filmmakers: What Your Teachers Never Told You about the World's Greatest Directors

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Quirk Books #ad - Why did charlie chaplin refuse to bathe for weeks at a time? was alfred hitchcock really missing a belly button?  Is Walt Disney’s corpse preserved in a state of suspended animation? And why on earth did Francis Ford Coppola direct a 3-D pornographic movie? The legends of the silver screen will never be the same!

W. With outrageous and uncensored profiles of everyone from D. Strange-but-true tales of cross-Dressers, Foot Fetishists, Drug Addicts, and Other Legendary Filmmakers. Griffith to quentin tarantino, Secret Lives of Great Filmmakers reveals the little-known secrets of all your favorite directors.

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The Greatest Music Stories Never Told: 100 Tales from Music History to Astonish, Bewilder, and Stupefy The Greatest Stories Never Told

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Harper #ad - Then there's the most important person in rock 'n' roll history—chances are you've never heard of him!Continuing the successful Greatest Stories Never Told series, Rick Beyer has delivered another classic volume for history and music buffs alike. Meet the monk behind solfège, the aviation pioneer who created Muzak, and the prisoner who literally sang himself out of jail.

The Greatest Music Stories Never Told: 100 Tales from Music History to Astonish, Bewilder, and Stupefy The Greatest Stories Never Told #ad - . Did you know about: the ballet that sparked a riot? the rock star who became an astrophysicist? the song that saved Wheaties? The man killed by his own conducting? The controversy behind "Mary Had a Little Lamb"?Prepare to be astonished, composers, show tunes, country, instruments, band names, rock 'n' roll, controversies, hip-hop, and stupefied by the tantalizing tidbits of music history collected here: amazing stories about jazz, classical, bewildered, song lyrics, technology, and more.

Learn how the fbi spent years trying to decode the lyrics of one rock song. Find out how one megahit was born in a history class, while another was dashed off in a fit of anger at actor Robert De Niro. Discover how watergate provided the inspiration for A Chorus Line.

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Classical Music: The 50 Greatest Composers and Their 1,000 Greatest Works

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Ballantine Books #ad - Further great works of each composer--if you really like him * concise explanations of musical terminology, forms, rankings, sidebars devoted to lively anecdotes, and periods * A guide to the parts and history of the symphony orchestra "This book uses every conceivable gimmick to immerse readers in the richness of classical music: lists, and catchy leads.

The washington Post"One terrific music appreciation book. The information is surprisingly detailed but concisely presented. Comprehensive, and delightfully irreverent, discriminating, Classical Music provides such essential information as:* Rankings of the top 50 composers Bach is #1. Make a sound investment in classical musicwho are the ten most important classical composers? who in the world was palestrina? Why did Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring" cause a riot? Which five of each important composer's works should you buy? What is a concerto and how does it differ from a sonata?Maybe you don't know the answers to these questions; author Phil Goulding certainly didn't.

Classical Music: The 50 Greatest Composers and Their 1,000 Greatest Works #ad - When goulding first tried to learn about classical music, he found himself buried in an avalanche of technical terms and complicated jargon--so he decided to write the book he couldn't find. The result is a complete classical music education in one volume. Borodin is #50 * a detailed and anecdotal look at each composer's life and work * The five primary works of each composer and specific recommended CDs for each.

Goulding's writing style is breezy yet mature.

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Bach, Beethoven and the Boys: Music History as it Ought to be Taught

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Indent Publishing #ad - David W. Barber has delighted readers around the world with Accidentals on Purpose, When the Fat Lady Sings and other internationally bestselling books of musical humor. Filled with information, interesting facts and trivia, this hilarious history covers music from Gregorian chant to the mess we’re in now.

His bestselling bach, beethoven and the boys chronicles the lives of the great and not-so-great composers as you’ve never read them before — exploring their sex lives, exposing their foibles and expanding on our understanding of these all-too-human creatures. Think how much more fun it would be if they taught this stuff.

Bach, Beethoven and the Boys: Music History as it Ought to be Taught #ad - As always, dave donald had provided witty and clever cartoon illustrations to accompany the text. From bach’s laundry lists to beethoven’s bowel problems, from Gesualdo’s kinky fetishes to Cage’s mushroom madness, Barber tells tales out of school that ought to be put back there. This book is so clever that you don’t need me to tell you it’s clever.

You can read it and find out for yourself. Maureen forrester on When the Fat Lady Sings. Here’s what some notable people have said about David W. Barber says it is, but I love it. Anna russellon when the Fat Lady Sings “This amusing and witty.

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Beethoven's Skull: Dark, Strange, and Fascinating Tales from the World of Classical Music and Beyond

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Skyhorse Publishing #ad - It also looks at myths and legends, superstitions, and musical mysteries, detailing the ways that musicians and their peers have been rather horrible to one another over the centuries. Sure to keep readers engrossed. Library Journal. A rollicking, if grisly, stroll through the history of music .  .  . If you think classical music is boring and stuffy, Beethoven’s Skull will make you change your tune” USA Today.

Beethoven's Skull: Dark, Strange, and Fascinating Tales from the World of Classical Music and Beyond #ad - Highlights include tales of:   a cursed song that kills those who hear ita composer who lovingly cradles the head of beethoven’s corpse when his remains are exhumed half a century after his deathA fifteenth-century German poet who sings of the real-life DraculaA dream of the devil that inspires a virtuoso violin piece   Unlike many music books that begin their histories with the seventeenth or eighteenth centuries, Beethoven’s Skull looks back to the world of ancient Greece and Rome, progressing through the Middle Ages and all the way into modern times.

This unusual history of western classical music focuses on strange happenings and shocking tabloid-style stories of revenge, murder, curious accidents, and strange fates, proving that pop stars don’t have a monopoly on wild behavior. Impeccably researched .  .  .

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