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 good (and not-so-great) composers as you may have by no means learn them ahead of - exploring their intercourse lives, exposing their foibles and increasing our wisdom of those amazing but additionally human creatures.

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Bach, Beethoven and the Boys - Tenth Anniversary Edition!: Music History As It Ought To Be Taught

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5 Venetians knew how to party, and everyone went there for a good time. Sort of like Las Vegas. Monteverdi loved his new job, which offered him creative status and a steady income. 6 It's just as well he didn't return to Mantua. Not long afterwards, members of the Gonzaga family and the imperial army got into an argument over who should have control of the dukedom. The whole city was sacked and the soldiers infected everybody with plague. It was no longer a fun place to be. Monteverdi escaped the plague, but old age finally got him when he was 75.

Wearing a plumed helmet and carrying a sword, shield and lance, Marchesi would enter, singing the aria Mia speranza io pur vorrei, which the composer Giuseppe Sarti had written especially for him. Although Vivaldi's operas were very popular in his day and he also composed quite a lot of music for church use, he is best remembered now for his many concertos, most of them for violin and orchestra. Among the best-known of his orchestral concertos are those known as the Four Seasons. Even people who don't like "classical" music like Vivaldi's Four Seasons, so he must be doing something right.

His new wife was his cousin the Princess of Anhalt-Bernberg and she thought music was a waste of time. She liked to do needlework, but it's not the same somehow. So in 1723, Bach and his new wife packed up all their possessions and the kiddies (there were seven by this time, four boys and three girls) and moved to Leipzig, where Bach was appointed cantor and music director of the Thomasschule. Bach's possessions included six claviers, a lute and several other instruments; a variety of candlesticks; two silver coffeepots, one large, one small; a silver teapot; and assorted pieces of furniture.

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