|The LIVES OF the GREAT COMPOSERS|
" In this revised version of his highly successful book, Harold Schonberg has traced the consecutive line of composers from Claudio Monteverdi to Arnold Schoenberg through a series of fascinating biographical chapters.
" Mr. Schonberg brings the reader closer to an identification with the composers he discusses and thus closer to an understanding of their music.
" All the important figures in "serious" music - Bach, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Handel, Verdi, Beethoven, Mahler, Wagner, and many others - are included, their lives woven into a fabric rich in detail and anecdote.
" For this newly created edition, Schonberg has added a new opening chapter on the great Italian composer, Claudio Monteverdi, whose music has reentered the repertory significantly in the last decade.
" What has not been changed in the least is the character of the book, which remains an object of delight to all music lovers, engrossing from beginning to end, and a joy to pick up and read anywhere. "
- Kirkus Reviews "
1 Pioneer of Opera
2 Transfiguration of the Baroque
3 Composer and Impresario
4 Reformer of Opera
5 Classicism par excellence
6 Prodigy from Salzburg
7 Revolutionary from Bonn
8 Poet of Music
9 Freedom and a New Language
10 Romantic Exuberance and Classic Restraint
11 Florestan and Eusebius
12 Apotheosis of the Piano
13 Virtuoso, Charlatan - and Prophet
14 Bourgeois Genius
15 Voice, Voice, and More Voice
16 Spectacle, Spectacle, and More Spectacle
17 Colossus of Italy
18 Colossus of Germany
19 Keeper of the Flame
20 Master of the Lied
21 Waltz, Can-Can, Satire
22 Faust and French Opera
23 Russian Nationalism and the Mighty Five
24 Surcharged Emotionalism
25 From Bohemia to Spain
26 Chromaticism and Sensibilite
27 Only for the Theater
28 Romanticism's Long Coda
29 Religion, Mysticism, and Retrospection
30 Symbolism and Impressionism
31 Gallic Elegance and the New breed
32 The Chameleon
33 The English Renaissance
34 Mysticism and Melancholy
35 Under the Soviets
36 German Neoclassicism
37 Rise of an American Tradition
38 The Uncompromising Hungarian
39 The Second Viennese School
40 Post 1945: The International Serial Movement
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