Bach, Beethoven and the Boys - Tenth Anniversary Edition!: by David W. Barber

By David W. Barber

Bach, Beethoven and the men chronicles the lives of the nice (and not-so-great) composers as you have got by no means learn them prior to - exploring their intercourse lives, exposing their foibles and increasing our wisdom of those notable but additionally human creatures.

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Despite his character faults, Vincenzo did like music, if only as a means of impressing his mistresses. He once planned an elaborate spectacle with music, costumes, fancy tapestries and lots of good food, just to please his Spanish mistress Agnese d'Argotti. But everything was cancelled when she said she was bored with the idea. Monteverdi was kept busy composing for Vincenzo. There was a concert every Friday in the Great Hall of Mirrors. In 1592, Vincenzo took his army across the Alps to help Austria fight off the attacking Turks, and Monteverdi went along for the ride, although he didn't enjoy it very much.

Matthew Passion (we 29 You don't hear of many margraves anymore. I wonder why? 30 Can't say I blame him. < previous page page_51 next page > < previous page page_52 next page > Page 52 can argue about the St. John Passion, too, if you'd like). In his spare moments he composed other things. His old temper hadn't left him: when the university officials turned down Bach's application to compose a special piece of music and gave the job instead to a man named Görner, Bach tossed his wig at him and said he would have made a better cobbler.

Once when she disagreed with the way Handel wanted her to sing an aria, he held her out of the window until she saw things his way. Handel was always having trouble with singers. When a tenor named Gordon threatened to jump on Handel's harpsichord, the composer said: "Tell me when and I will advertise. " That shut him up. In order to draw larger crowds, the academy imported another soprano, named Faustina. Her rivalry with Cuzzoni went to absurd lengths. For one opera, Handel had to compose two arias, one for each of them, with an equal number of notes so that neither singer would feel cheated.

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