Great Composers: The Lives of the 18 Makers of Music, Freeman and Whittaker, 1959, Vintage Music Biography


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Vintage Music Biography - Great Composers: The Lives of the 18 Makers of Music, Warren S. Freeman and Ruth H. Whittaker, 1959, Abelard-Schuman

Condition: Dust jacket- cracked, clipped, aging. Inscription from a music teacher in 1962, Minor yellowing consistent with age, inside clean, binding strong, cloth cover is pristine. Dust jacket in mylar cover. See picture for condition.

Short biographies of 18 composers, including Bach, Mozart, Chopin, Handel, and Gershwin.

For the musicologists or music lovers.

All the famous ones from Bach to Gershwin- presented chronologically. In the sketches there are many childhood anecdotes such as the time when Haydn cutt off a fellow choir boy's pigtail in Vienna's St. Stephen's church; or the young Greig's decision to go to Leipzig at the persuasion of Ole Bull. For the rest, the chapters are mainly a quick reporting of life events, but there is the occasional, if sketchy, bit of analysis-for instance of Debussy's ""dreamlike"" impressionistic music and his break from the powerfully emotional romantics. A nice but relatively unexciting gift encyclopedia for the young music student or recital prize winner. Virginia Grilley has done a black and white drawing of each composer.


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