Why Beethoven Threw the Stew And Lots More Stories About the Lives of Great Composers by Steven Isserlis


Why Beethoven Threw the Stew And Lots More Stories About the Lives of Great Composers by Steven Isserlis

In Why Beethoven Threw the Stew, renowned cellist Steven Isserlis sets out to pass on to children a wonderful gift given to him by his own cello teacher - the chance to people his own world with the great composers by getting to know them as friends. Witty and informative at the same time, Isserlis introduces us to six of his favourite composers: the sublime genius Bach, the quicksilver Mozart, Beethoven with his gruff humour, the shy Schumann, the prickly Brahms and that extraordinary split personality, Stravinsky. Isserlis brings the composers alive in an irresistible manner that can't fail to catch the attention of any child whose ear has been caught by any of the music described, or anyone entering the world of classical music for the first time. The lively black and white line illustrations provide a perfect accompaniment to the text, and make this book attractive and accessible for children to enjoy on their own or share with an adult.

About the Author

Steven Isserlis was born into music at a fairly early age. These days, he travels all over the world, playing concerts to whoever wants to listen (and to a few who don't too) and making recordings. In 1998, he was awarded a CBE, for 'services to music'; and in 2000, the city of Zwickau bestowed the Schumann Prize 2000 upon his curly head. He lives in London, with his wife and son, lots of cellos and a piano.

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144 pages
Interest Age: from 9 to 11


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Publication date

8th October 2001



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