The symphony of seduction The great love stories of classical composers

Christopher Lawrence, 1956-

Book - 2018

"Berlioz should know. He didn't just hear the symphony when he fell in love with an Irish actress back in 1827, he wrote it. What was love like for the people who could really feel that song coming on? Symphony of Seduction tells of the romantic misadventures, tragedies and occasional triumphs of some of classical music's great composers, and traces the music that emerged as a result.For the eccentric Erik Satie, love came just once - and even then, not for long. Robert Schumann had to take his future father-in-law to court to win the right to marry. Hector Berlioz planned to murder a two-timing fiancée while dressed in drag, and Richard Wagner turned the temptation of adultery into a stage work that changed the course of mu...sic while rupturing his own marriage. Debussy's love triangle, Brahms' love for the wife of his insane mentor - all find expression in works we now consider to be some of the summits of creative achievement.Christopher Lawrence takes what we know about these love-crazed geniuses and adds a garnish of imagined pillow talk to recreate stories that are ultimately stranger than fiction - and come with a great soundtrack."--

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Carlton, Vic. Nero, an imprint of Schwartz Publishing 2018.
Main Author
Christopher Lawrence, 1956- (author)
Physical Description
ix, 241 pages.; 21 cm
  • A pear-shaped affair
  • Love makes war
  • The return to life
  • Dark love
  • Loved to death
  • Scandal goes west
  • Mazurka in a teaspoon
  • Bustle with the Bäsle
  • Pleasure is the law
  • It's not you, it's me
  • The unknown island.
Review by Library Journal Review

These short, salacious tales from notable Australian broadcaster Lawrence are based on the amorous exploits of ten classical composers, among them Mozart, Debussy, -Chopin, and Brahms. "Great Love Stories" is a bit of a misnomer here, with unfulfilled longing, brief trysts, murderous rage, and infidelity being far more likely than "happily ever after." Though Lawrence based location, time lines, people, and their decisions on facts found in primary sources, it is the juicy details that will go a long way toward making the work of these composers more interesting to those who normally associate classical music with boredom. The author's playful embellishments bring the composers to life, outfitting them in recognizably human foibles. Highlights include cuckolded Hector Berlioz in drag, on a murderous rampage around Paris; the lewd jokes and brilliant mind of an adolescent Mozart; the infidelity of Claude Debussy that led to the loss of his reputation; and the unlikely tryst between delicate, consumptive Chopin and lusty author George Sand, dressed to kill in the colors of the Polish flag. -VERDICT Readers will be electrified with the variety of naughtiness, treachery, and pillow talk between these covers. Listening to the easily accessible musical works mentioned therein while reading is recommended.-Erin O. Romanyshyn, Saskatoon P.L., Sask. © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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