In the fine tradition of Secret Lives of Great Authors and Secret Lives of Great Artists comes the latest entry in Quirk’s successful series: Secret Lives of Great Composers. You’ve heard their scores in countless movies, from Fantasia to Apocalypse Now--now get the skinny on their tumultuous lives, loves, and lunacy. You’ll learn that: Frederic Chopin had his heart removed before burial, due to his grave fear of being buried alive; Sergei Rachmaninoff hated the sound of his own music and despised performing it; Hector Berlioz hatched an intricate plan to kill his former fiancée, her lover, and her mother with a pair of double-barreled shotguns; and much, much more! Includes 35 2-color illustrations


  • 296 pages
  • 5 x 8 inches
  • 1 color
  • Paperback

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  • Dutch
  • French

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