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Lives, Wives and Loves of the Great Composers - Fritz Spiegl

Lives, Wives and Loves of the Great Composers

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Published: 1st July 2000
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In an intentionally light-hearted style, Fritz Spiegl has researched the lives and loves of the great composers through the ages. In an alphabetically arranged panorama of biographical portraits, he humorously uncovers hitherto unknown aspects of the composers' personalities that are, at best, discreetly ignored by serious musical analysts or, at worst, have never made the history books at all. He also includes some of the female composers, such as Augusta Holmes and Maria Szymanowska, who are only just becoming appreciated for their contributions to music.
Fritz Spiegl's treatment and disclosures, however, are not just idle gossip. His concise use of biographical details gives a clear picture of each composer's musical career, revealing how his emotional life came to influence his music and, in some cases, vice versa.
This volume alo features a special section which contains Spiegl's extensive researches into some of the pets of the great composers.

Forewordp. 7
Johann Sebastian Bachp. 13
Ludwig van Beethovenp. 17
Albano Maria Johannes Bergp. 25
Louis-Hector Berliozp. 35
Alexandre Cesar Leopold (Georges) Bizetp. 42
Johannes Brahmsp. 45
Anton Brucknerp. 51
Frederic (Fryderyk) Francois (Franciszek) Chopinp. 56
Achille Claude Debussyp. 66
Edward William Elgarp. 74
Gabriel Urbain Faurep. 81
Carlo Gesualdo, Prince of Venosa, Count of Conza, etcp. 85
Charles Francois Gounodp. 92
George Percy Aldridge Graingerp. 103
Franz Joseph Haydnp. 113
Augusta Mary Anne Holmesp. 118
Leo Eugen (Leos) Janacekp. 120
Franz Kotzwarap. 128
Jean-Marie Leclairp. 131
Franz (Ferencz) Lisztp. 133
Gustav Mahlerp. 142
Johannes Wolfgangus Amadeus Chrysostomus Sigismundus Mozartp. 150
Giacomo Antonio Domenico Michele Secondo Maria Puccinip. 159
Charles Camille Saint-Saensp. 168
Erik Alfred Leslie Satiep. 170
Franz Peter Schubertp. 172
Robert Alexander Schumann and Clara Josephine Schumannp. 177
Bedrich/Friedrich Smetanap. 190
Alessandro Stradellap. 195
Richard Georg Straussp. 198
Arthur Seymour Sullivanp. 203
Maria Agata Szymanowskap. 209
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovskyp. 211
Wilhelm Richard Wagnerp. 221
Carl Maria Friedrich Ernst von Weberp. 234
Pets of the Great Composersp. 241
Indexp. 251
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ISBN: 9780714529172
ISBN-10: 0714529176
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st July 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.62 x 15.49  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.54