GREAT COMPOSERS Through the Eyes of their Contemporaries by Otto-Ed. Zoff

GREAT COMPOSERS Through the Eyes of their Contemporaries

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KIRKUS REVIEW

On a popular level, this collection of anecdotal material, personality vignettes, spot pieces that give the flavor of the favorite composers-- how they looked, talked, behaved. This is extra-textual knowledge of the first order, in a chronology of pieces about composers from Purcell to Gershwin, drawn from a variety of biographical sources, each prefaced by a brief biographical note, data on the contributor, the factual validity of the extract, the circumstances under which it was written. The editor's scholarship is chiefly evident in his careful weighing of the area of fact, fancy and legend. Not a book intended for the scholar-musician, but a handy gathering of incidental information about musicians as reported during their lifetimes.

Pub Date: Nov. 16th, 1951
Publisher: Dutton