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

Authors: Lunday, Elizabeth
Publisher: Quirk Books
BISAC/Subject: BIO004000, HUM016000, MUS020000
ISBN: 9781594747465, Related ISBNs: 1594744025, 1594747466, 9781594744020, 9781594747465
Classification: Fiction
Number of pages: 288,
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis: True tales of murder, riots, heartbreak, and great music.
 
With outrageous anecdotes about everyone from Gioachino Rossini (draft-dodging womanizer) to Johann Sebastian Bach (jailbird) to Richard Wagner (alleged cross-dresser), Secret Lives of Great Composers recounts the seamy, steamy, and gritty history behind the great masters of international 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. This is one music history lesson you’ll never forget!
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