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Classical Destinations: An Armchair Guide to Classical Music
 
 
Author
Matt Wills & Paul Burrows, text. Simon Callow, foreword. Wendy McDougall, photos.
Publisher Amadeus Press  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 11.75 x 9.25 x 0.9 inches
ISBN 9781574671582
Pages/Publication Date 235/2006
Daedalus Item Code 14008
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With more than 200 color photographs by Wendy McDougall, this companion volume to the British television series of the same name takes readers on a tour of the history and geography of classical music, examining the lives of great composers as related to their places of birth, education, triumphs, and failures. For today's traveler the book comes full circle, describing how, through their achievements, the great composers came to influence the places where they lived and performed. Here are Venice when it was home to Vivaldi, Salzburg as Mozart's prodigious talents emerged, Leipzig during the time of Mendelssohn and Schumann, Prague as growing Czech nationalism gripped Smetana, and the Vienna where Beethoven faced incurable deafness. Series presenter Simon Callow provides the foreword.

"Throughout, the text strikes just the right balance.... In fact, the text is so smartly written that in roughly a quarter-page it takes us from the 1612 discovery of a spring in Vienna to the building of Schonbrunn Palace, where in 1762 a 6-year-old Mozart gave a concert, kissed a queen and proposed marriage to a 7-year-old Marie Antoinette.... This book will appeal not only to classical-music lovers but to travelers in general, especially those interested in Europe."Chicago Tribune

 
 
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