Recommend this book to anyone even remotely interested in classical music.
When I first read "The Lives of the Great Composers" by Harold C. Schonberg, it was the second edition, published 1n 1981.
That aside, I read this book from cover to cover in not very many sittings because the writing is fluid and comprehensible.
Schonberg is, unfortunately, one of those writers who believes that words can convey musical ideas.
He also shows a nasty streak of claiming expertise is most every field. Read more
This was a gift for my music teacher, and therefore I did not actually look through the book. The book itself was in pristine condition, and I am sure that he will enjoy it.Published 2 months ago by Edla Kenny
I already had this book. I purchased it as a gift to another person who appreciates Classical Music. Read morePublished 2 months ago by binthere-donethat
Well written; some could be a bit longer or detailed but most enjoyable. Would recommend it to the music lover who wants to learn more about the composers, and the times they... Read morePublished 7 months ago by jo
It covered all periods of musical composition from pre-Baroque to 12 tone modern. Very well researched and well written. I also enjoyed the humorous stories.Published 10 months ago by Barbara J. Weedawagner
Wonderful information about composers. Easy to read. My son received this as a gift and now gives copies as gifts to friends who love music.Published 11 months ago by S. Rosen
Everyone can learn interesting facts about many, many classical composers, including what is known about their personal lives as well as their musical careers.Published 12 months ago by PMO
Excellent text very complete, in some instances it spends too much detail on musicology terms. Covers many forms of music and their composers.Published 13 months ago by JK
This book provides both a comprehensive overview and a detailed look into the lives of great composers - Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Liszt, Debussy, etc. Fascinating read.Published 13 months ago by Peter Cha