Anecdotes and one-liners about music, all more or less based on fact--but, without Borge's on-stage deadpan delivery, most...

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VICTOR BORGE'S MY FAVORITE COMEDIES IN MUSIC

Anecdotes and one-liners about music, all more or less based on fact--but, without Borge's on-stage deadpan delivery, most of them tend to come out a little off-key and rather flat. Borge chats a bit about the instruments of the orchestra (""Clarinets, like lawyers, have cases, mouthpieces, and they need a constant supply of hot air in order to function""), but chiefly he sticks to famous composers and musicians: notes on George Philipp Telemann, ""the fastest pen in the west""; mini-biographies of Haydn, Schubert (""the original bad-luck Charlie""), Mendelssohn (""he wasn't what you'd call the passionate type""), Brahms (""as a child, he was completely clean-shaven""), Liszt, and Chopin; stories about conductors (especially Sir Thomas Beecham); and bits of trivia (""Charles Gounod liked to compose with a large tub of water under his writing table""). Complete with silly footnotes--mildly educational, less than mildly funny.

Pub Date: Oct. 1, 1980

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Watts

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1, 1980