Classical Music’s Strangest Concerts and Characters: Extraordinary But True Stories from over Five Centuries of Harmony and Discord

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Portico #ad - Extracted from five hundred years of musical history, this is a fascinating collection of stories about classical music's most unusual concerts and characters. Many famous names are here, as well the less eminent music performers, in this fascinating and revealing look at what really goes on in the world of classical music.

Classical Music's Strangest Concerts and Characters: Extraordinary But True Stories from over Five Centuries of Harmony and Discord #ad - . Tales such as that of the organist caught with his trousers down or the orchestra that played faster and faster so that its members could catch the last train home, the sad story of the composer who committed suicide while conducting, the completely silent piece of music and the stone deaf composer who insisted on conducting will delight all lovers of classical music.

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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 - 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.

A rollicking, if grisly, stroll through the history of music .  .  . Sure to keep readers engrossed. Library Journal. 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. 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 - Impeccably researched .  .  . This unusual history of western classical music focuses on strange happenings and shocking tabloid-style stories of revenge, curious accidents, murder, and strange fates, proving that pop stars don’t have a monopoly on wild behavior.

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Slonimsky's Book of Musical Anecdotes

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Routledge #ad - It dishes out a marvelous feast of tales served up by a master storyteller whose reach extends around the world and to the beginnings of civilization. Scathing reviews, whimsical stories, and diverting games fill the pages of this utterly engaging kaleidoscope of skewed tales on the world of Classical music.

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

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Quirk Books #ad - Secret Lives of Great Composers: What Your Teachers Never Told You about the World's Musical Masters #ad - This is one music history lesson you’ll never forget! 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.

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. True tales of murder, riots, heartbreak, and great music.

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Listen to This

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux #ad - One of the telegraph's best music books 2011 alex ross's award-winning international bestseller, has become a contemporary classic, The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century, establishing Ross as one of our most popular and acclaimed cultural historians. These pieces, dedicated to classical and popular artists alike, are at once erudite and lively.

. Listen to this, which takes its title from a beloved 2004 essay in which Ross describes his late-blooming discovery of pop music, showcases the best of his writing from more than a decade at The New Yorker. He vibrantly sketches canonical composers such as schubert, Verdi, and Brahms; gives us in-depth interviews with modern pop masters such as Björk and Radiohead; and introduces us to music students at a Newark high school and indie-rock hipsters in Beijing.

Listen to This #ad - Whether his subject is mozart or Bob Dylan, Ross shows how music expresses the full complexity of the human condition. Witty, passionate, and brimming with insight, Listen to This teaches us how to listen more closely. In a previously unpublished essay, ross brilliantly retells hundreds of years of music history—from Renaissance dances to Led Zeppelin—through a few iconic bass lines of celebration and lament.

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