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Musical Lives by Nicholas Kenyon

Musical Lives

by Nicholas Kenyon

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To be published alongside three other new 'Lives' books, Secret Lives, Military Lives, and Royal Lives, this latest addition to the series contains miniature biographies taken from the archives of the Dictionary of National Biography of some of the men and women of the 20th century who made music the centre of their life. Nicholas Kenyon, Controller of BBC Proms, uses his expertise and experience in the subject to make his very personal selection of entries.

Who were the singers, musicians, composers, instrumentalists, and conductors who made the music of the 20th century? What inspired Benjamin Britten to compose Peter Grimes? How did music save Malcolm Sargent when he lost his daughter to polio? What is the link between Vaughan Williams and Charles Darwin? What did Edward Elgar do for classical music in Britain? Could any of the members of the Beatles actually read or write music when they first came together? Nicholas Kenyon, with a long-standing career in music and a wealth of knowledge and experience, has carefully selected around 100 entries from the "Dictionary of National Biography" to go in this anthology.
  antimuzak | Oct 21, 2005 |
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