Two Romantic Trios: The Story of Six Passionate People Who Changed the World of Music

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Tragedy. Betrayal. Extravagant excess. True love. And always---the music.

This book offers a one-of-a-kind story which, for the first time, gives equal tribute to the brilliant women who composed and performed music along with the well-known men. Macy explores these these fascinating personalities in a conversational style that brings their stories alive and explains their music and their world in which they lived.

Cosima Liszt -- Franz Liszt -- Clara Schumann -- Johannes Brahms -- Robert Schumann -- Richard Wagner

The book is based on facts researched from letters and accounts of the composer's lives. Macy reconstructs scenes and events throughout the book offering the reader an unusual view into these musician's lives while maintaining historical accuracy.

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Macy, a freelance writer and music aficionado, uses the colorful lives of two groups of composers to illustrate the advent of Romanticism in the 19th century. The lives of Robert and Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms form the basis for one set of romanticized stories, while Franz and Cosima Liszt and Richard Wagner comprise the other. Music is the continuous thread in each tale, and the author employs biography based on solid factual information augmented by "reconstructed" conversations and scenes, along with much emphasis on dramatized passions and desires. Appendixes include a chronology of musical events from 1770 to 1930, a short annotated discography, vocabulary, and bibliography. Macy's writing style is breezy and flowing, easy to read, and does not require any technical background. For most large music collections.
- Timothy J. McGee, Univ. of Toronto
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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"If you love music this book is a must for you." -- Bob Griggs, Oregon Public Broadcasting

"Macy's writing style is breezy and flowing, easy to read." -- Timothy McGee, Library Journal

"Very entertaining...a good primer for the beginner." -- Ginger Isles, Oregon Symphony

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