The Illustrated History of the Great Composers (Hardcover)

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The Illustrated History of the Great Composers: A Guide to the Lives, Key Works and Influences of Over 100 Renowned Composers (Hardcover)
by Wendy Thompson

This authoritative volume provides a beautifully illustrated guide to the most influential composers of classical music. Starting from medieval times, the book gives detailed biographies covering the life and times of each composer, listing their most important works, and placing them in their historical context. 

There are over 100 individual entries, from the pre-eminent Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven, continuing up to modern composers such as Carter, Boulez, and Stockhausen. The entries are accompanied by portraits or photographs of each composer, illustrations of the places where they lived and worked, and examples of their original manuscripts.

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Lorenz Books; Illustrated edition (June 1, 2022)
  • Dimensions: 8.87” W x 0.82” D x 11.44” H

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Most Western music is based on a system of notation that evolved around 1600 out of earlier practices. The starting point for any opera is the full score, which contains all individual voices and instruments arranged in a specific order on the page. The written music—representing the sounds a composer creates in his head—then comes to life performed by singers onstage and played by the orchestra.



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