Book of Musical Anecdotes

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Here is one of the most enjoyable and illuminating books ever published for the music lover, a feast of delightful anecdotes that reveal the all-too-human side of the great composers and performers.There are stories of appetites (Handel eating dinner for three), embarrassments (Brahms falling asleep as Liszt plays), oddities (Bruckner's dog being trained to howl at Wagner), and devotions (a lovely admirer disrobing in tribute to Puccini). There are memorable accounts of Stravinsky telling Proust how much he hates Beethoven, of Tchaikovsky's first bewildering telephone call, of Dvorak's strange love of pigeons, and of Verdi's intricate maneuvering to keep the now-famous melody of "La donna e mobile" top secret.There is also wonderful trivia (Beethoven loved to cat "bread soup" made with ten raw eggs), along with eccentric strategies (Verdi, disturbed by the sound of street organs playing arias from his operas, hired them all for a season and kept them locked in a room). There are examples of musicians munificent generosity (Haydn called Mozart "the greatest composer known to me, either in person or by name"), and scathing dismissal ("Have you heard any Stockhausen?" the conductor Sir Thomas Beecham was asked. "No," he replied, "but I believe I have trodden in some").Collected from thousands of books, articles, and unpublished manuscripts (with historical sources provided in extensive notes), these anecdotes appear in their original form, throwing fresh light on familiar figures in the musical hall of fame. For browsing, reading, research and amusement, this book is a grand entertainment for concert-goers, record-buyers, operamanes, gossips and music lovers everywhere.

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NORMAN LEBRECHT writes on music and cultural affairs. He is NORMAN LEBRECHT writes on music and cultural affairs. He is currently with the "Evening Standard", after a decade as muscurrently with the "Evening Standard", after a decade as music columnist for the "Daily Telegraph". He presents BBC Radiic columnist for the "Daily Telegraph". He presents BBC Radio 3's "lebrecht.live", and is a frequent TV broadcaster. He o 3's "lebrecht.live", and is a frequent TV broadcaster. He is the author of several books which have been translated inis the author of several books which have been translated into fourteen languages. "The Song of Names" won the Whitbreadto fourteen languages. "The Song of Names" won the Whitbread First Novel Award. Lebrecht lives in London. First Novel Award. Lebrecht lives in London.

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Norman Lebrecht writes on music and other arts for the London Sunday Times. He is author of Discord: Conflict and the Making of Music.

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