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The Spiritual Lives of the Great Composers

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This is a compelling and inspiring look at spiritual beliefs that influenced some of the world's greatest composers, now revised and expanded with eight additional composers.

Handel, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Dvorak, Stravinsky, Messiaen . . . Men of genius as different as their music - but all inspired by deep spiritual convictions. Peter Kavanaugh uncovers the spirituality of twenty of music's timeless giants, revealing legacies of the soul as diverse as the masterpieces they created. Warmly written, beautifully illustrated, and complete with listening recommendations for each composer, Spiritual Lives of the Great Composers is a fascinating look at the inner flame that lit the works of these masters.

Contributor(s) Patrick Kavanaugh
About the Contributor(s) Patrick Kavanaugh

Patrick Kavanaugh, executive director of the Christian Performing Artists' Fellowship, holds a doctorate in music composition. A conductor and performer, he is the author of Spiritual Moments with the Great Composers, Spiritual Lives of the Great Composers, and Raising Musical Kids.

UPC 025986208066
ISBN-10 0310208068
ISBN-13 9780310208068
Release Date Mar 19, 1996
Weight (lbs) 0.4400
Height 8
Width 5.25
Length 256
Length Unit Pages
Publisher Zondervan
Price $15.99
Format Paperback
Language English

Customer Reviews

Review by Glen
Overall Rating
This book seems to disagree with the views on a number of composers with at least one book-"The Lives of the Great Composers" by New York music critic Harold C. Schonberg, who apparently considered a number of composers to have been agnostics.

The pictures of the composers as well as the format of each chapter are interesting, as well as the chapters themselves.

Perhaps a "volume two" would be well worth doing. The composers mentioned on page 203 would certainly be interesting to read about as far as their spiritual lives are concerned. I am surprised that you did not have more to say about Berlioz and Mahler, certainly major composers some of whose music made definite reference to spiritual matters. Perhaps some major composers like Prokovieff and Shostakovich did not seem to believe in God so I understand their omission.

Thank you for an interesting book. Even some reference to popular music composers and performers might be worthwhile and instructive.

Yours truly,
Glen Culley (Posted on 1/12/2015)

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