December 6, 2021

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Composers: Their Lives and Works


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“The only love affair I have ever had was with music.” Maurice Ravel

A compelling celebration of more than 90 of the world’s most influential composers from the medieval period to the present day, Composers reveals the fascinating stories of their lives, loves, and works. Biographical entries – introduced with a stunning portrait of each featured composer – trace the friendships, loves, and rivalries that inspired each musical genius.

Profiles offer revealing insights into what drove each individual to create the musical masterpieces – symphonies, concertos, and operatic scores – that changed the direction of classical music and are still celebrated and treasured today.

Lavishly illustrated with paintings or photographs of each composer, alongside original musical scores and personal correspondence, images of their homes and where they worked, and personal effects and other important artifacts, the book introduces the key influences, themes, and working methods of each individual, setting their works within a wider historical and cultural context.

Charting the development of classical music and music movements across the centuries, Composers provides a compelling glimpse into the personal lives, loves, and influences of the giants of the classical music canon.

 

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The lives and works of the world's greatest musical composers
The lives and works of the world's greatest musical composers

Composers - interior images
Composers - interior images

Traces the evolution of classical music across the centuries

Music begins where the possibilities of language end.

Music begins where the possibilities of language end.

sheet music

sheet music

It is enough when a single note is beautifully played."

It is enough when a single note is beautifully played."

Featuring more than 90 of the world’s most influential composers, from the medieval period to present day.

Lavishly illustrated with pages from notebooks, original compositions and musical scores, alongside personal images and other important artifacts.

Explains key influences and how each individual inspired other composers and musicians.

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