Fri. Jan 18th, 2019

The 12 Essential Music Fiction Books of All Times

#10 Secret Lives of Great Composers: What Your Teachers Never Told You about the World’s Musical Masters by Elizabeth Lunday


Description of the book:

True tales of murder, riots, heartbreak, and great music.   With outrageous anecdotes about everyone from Gioachino Rossini (draft-dodging womanizer) to Johann Sebastian Bach (jailbird) to Richard Wagner (alleged cross-dresser), Secret Lives of Great Composers recounts the seamy, steamy, and gritty history behind the great masters of international music. You’ll learn that Edward Elgar dabbled with explosives; that John Cage was obsessed with fungus; that Berlioz plotted murder; and that Giacomo Puccini stole his church’s organ pipes and sold them as scrap metal so he could buy cigarettes. This is one music history lesson you’ll never forget!