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Bach, Beethoven and the Boys chronicles the lives of the great (and not-so-great) composers as you've never read them before – exploring their sex lives, exposing their foibles and expanding our knowledge of these remarkable but also human creatures.
Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Sound And Vision; 10 Anv edition (September 1, 1996)
Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.4 inches
Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
Great for Learning and Laughs!
on April 2, 2016
By Amazon Customer
Funny, entertaining & and a good mix of trivia (e.g. Bach’s silver coffee & teapots) with important stuff about their compositions, personal histories, etc. From other sources I’ve read the past 50 years, I can vouch for the accuracy of Mr Barber’s info, dates, etc. One could only wish the book could give even more detail, trivial & important, about his subjects. Don’t know how much he tells about Rossini and more recent composers, as I haven’t quite finished reading the whole book. Any music lover who has any sense of humor at all will enjoy this tome. I’m eager to read his other books, as well. Highly recommended!
on December 26, 2009
By William K. Ahrens
As a person who enjoys classical music but has not been trained in that field, I greatly enjoyed this book. Several times, statements by the author sent me to an internet site, such as Wikipedia, to confirm that what he had stated was true. I was not sure if it was tongue-in-cheek or factual; turns out all the things I looked up were factual. That is the charm of this book. The author tells the reader things in such an outrageously funny manner that one does not know for sure whether to believe it or not. Well, believe it! That’s the fun. I know two classically trained musicians, my wife and her sister, who both have read this book, and have also found it to be very amusing, fun, and easy to read.
My favorite music history book
on July 11, 2015
This book was exactly as described – perfect as a graduation gift for my piano student who juts completed high school! This book has everything in it that I actually remembered from my college music history classes, and helps to illustrate that composers were real people. They’re just as quirky as you are, and perhaps more so.
Hilarious and informative
on April 10, 2017
By Robby Baine
This is a very brief survey of the composers of western art music and it is a must read for anyone who appreciates music. Can’t think of anything bad to say about it!
on February 21, 2016
By Keyboard Player
One of the funniest music books I’ve ever read. Beloved by my students. I give these as awards for outstanding practice in a semester. Terrific presentation of music history …. all rue, but not the tales of the history books!
Informative AND funny… music history as it ought to be taught INDEED!
3 people found this helpful.
on August 10, 2007
By Matthew Farrell
This is one of the funniest books I’ve read in a while, which would be reason enough to praise it, but I actually learned a lot in between the laughs.
Good music resource
on August 6, 2016
By Kathleen Parker
This was recommended to me by a friend. I’m planning to use the information in some of my general music classes.
Classic Music History
on December 23, 2015
By N. Rogers
Twenty years after its original publication, this wryly humorous history of classical music stands up well, and renders a heavy subject as light as a feather!
on August 9, 2015
By Larry Lenard
This book made reviewing music history fun; I even learned things I never knew.
Recommend for both amateur and or professional musicians entertainment.
on March 29, 2015
By Ronald McCartney
Great fun to read. May even get another for our musician grandchildren.
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