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Beethoven was a child prodigy. His father hoped to exploit this, and, using his skills as a court musician, put his son on a brutal regimen. Though the plan failed, teachers and members of the local aristocracy saw his talent and helped him along. In 1787, Beethoven visited Vienna for the first time, the center of the music world at the time. He played for Mozart then, and in 1792, he moved to Vienna and became Haydn´s student. He studied under several other teachers, but eventually reached the point where his genius prevented him from gaining from others´ instruction. His gifts afforded him some tolerance from those who noticed his less sociable aspects (such as a lack of manners and a proneness to anger), as well as an income eventually no longer dependent on patronage. To read more about his compositions, and the stormy end of his life, go to the Ludwig van Beethoven Topic Page. Learn about other musicians in Credo Reference.

Music & Musicians eBooks

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Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians - Nicolas Slonimsky
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Publication Date: 2000-12-01
Covers all musical genres, with new entries written by a distinguished group of area specialists as well as the original articles by Nicolas Slonimsky. This work continues the tradition of offering the most comprehensive and authoritative information on musicians, along with interesting and insightful evaluations of their contributions to the musical world.

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Contemporary Musicians - Michael L. LaBlanc
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Provides biographical information on important figures in today's musical arena, covering artists working in all genres of modern music, including rock, jazz, pop, rap, rhythm and blues, folk, New Age, country, gospel and reggae.

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The Faber Companion to 20th Century Popular Music
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Publication Date: 2001
The Faber Companion to 20th-Century Popular Music has established itself as the classic reference work in this area. From ABBA to ZZ Top, through Noel Coward, The Skatalites and The Stone Roses, this book covers the major players in the vast history of popular music in the twentieth century. With over 2,500 entries and covering bebop to western swing by way of psychedelic rock, Hardy maps out a cultural history of the century that is both entertaining and informative.

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The Harvard Biographical Dictionary of Music - Don Michael Randel (Editor)
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Publication Date: 1996-11-01
An incomparable guide to the thousands of characters, from humble artisan to lofty genius, who people the unfolding history of music, this volume brings together all the pertinent biographical information about composers, performers, music theorists, and instrument makers from the days of praise chants to the bop and pop of today. A long-awaited companion to The New Harvard Dictionary of Music, and compiled with the same meticulous scholarship and delight in detail, this biographical dictionary emphasizes classical and art music, but also gives ample attention to jazz and blues, rock and pop, and hymns and showtunes across the ages--with unusual care devoted to coverage of the twentieth century.

That the Belgian composer Jean Absil was professor of fugue at the Brussels Conservatory is a little-known fact. And few are aware that Roy Acuff began his country-and-western career in medicine shows. The writings of the seventeenth-century organist Jakob Adlung may be obscure, while Theodor Adorno's are widely read and studied. But they can all be found in the A's, along with 218 more entries, from Herb Alpert and the Andrews Sisters to Carl Friedrich Abel and Emanuel Ax. And this is only the beginning.


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Opera and its Composers

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Opera - Joyce Bourne
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Publication Date: 2009-10-01
An introduction to four hundred years of opera and its composers with recommended key recordings for the key opera singers.

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