Secret Lives of Great Composers: What Your Teachers Never Told You about the World's Musical Masters

Elizabeth Lunday
288 pages
5.28 x 8 inches

With scandalous anecdotes about everyone from Gioachino Rossini (draft-dodging womanizer) to Johann Sebastian Bach (alleged cross-dresser), Secret Lives of Great Composers reveals the seamy, steamy, and gritty history behind the great masters of international music. You'll learn that Edward Elgar dabbled with explosives, that John Cage was obsessed with fungus, that Berlioz plotted murder; and that Giacomo Puccini stole his church's organ pipes and sold them as scrap metal so he could buy cigarettes. These are music-history lessons you'll never forget!