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Transcriber's Note: Inconsistent hyphenation and unusual spelling in the original document have been preserved. A small number of musical symbols (flat, sharp and natural) have been transliterated for this document. Obvious typographical errors have been corrected in this text. For a complete list, please see the end of this document.

[Illustration: BEETHOVEN. Frontispiece. From photo RISCHGITZ.]

STORY LIVES

OF

GREAT MUSICIANS

BY FRANCIS JAMESON ROWBOTHAM AUTHOR OF 'STORY LIVES OF GREAT AUTHORS,' 'TALES FROM PLUTARCH,' ETC.

ILLUSTRATED

NEW YORK FREDERICK A. STOKES COMPANY PUBLISHERS

TO THE MEMORY OF FREDERICK WESTLAKE, R.A.M.

PREFACE

Following the plan of his previous volume of Great Authors , the writer has here endeavoured to weave into more or less story form a few of the facts and incidents in the lives of some great musicians. It is hoped that young readers and especially those to whom music is a subject of study will take a greater interest in some of the masterpieces of composition when they have learnt something about the composers themselves, and the circumstances under which they wrote.

The author desires to express his acknowledgments for the assistance he has derived from the following works:

Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians ; Bitter's Life of Sebastian Bach (translated by J.E. Kay Shuttleworth); Rockstro's Life of George Frederick Handel ; Williams's Handel in 'The Master Musicians'; Townsend's Haydn in 'The Great Musicians'; Jahn's W.A. Mozart (translated by P.D. Townsend); Schindler's Life of Beethoven ; Nohl's Life of Beethoven ; von Hellborn's Franz Schubert (translated by A.D. Coleridge); Benedict's Sketch of the Life and Works of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy ; Hensel's The Mendelssohn Family ; Hiller's Mendelssohn: Letters and Recollections ; Devrient's Recollections of F.M. Bartholdy (translated by C.N. Macfarren).

CONTENTS

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BACH 3

HANDEL 37

HAYDN 89

MOZART 151

BEETHOVEN 215

SCHUBERT 269

MENDELSSOHN 315

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

PAGE

GAZING AT ITS COVERS THROUGH THE LATTICE DOORS OF THE CUPBOARD 4

BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON HE BEGAN HIS TASK 9

CHRISTOPH SEIZED THE MANUSCRIPT BOOK AND THE COPY 10

DURING THE WINTER MONTHS THE SCHOLARS WERE SENT OUT TO SING IN THE STREETS 12

THE KING EXCLAIMED REPEATEDLY: 'ONLY ONE BACH! ONLY ONE BACH!' 30

HANDEL'S BIRTHPLACE, HALLE, SAXONY 38

BECKONED SILENTLY TO THE REST TO FOLLOW HIM 41

HE CALLED TO THE COACHMAN TO STOP 44

THE DUKE PRAISED HIS PERFORMANCE 46

A RESORT TO SWORDS 55

A GRAND PROCESSION OF DECORATED BARGES FROM WHITEHALL TO LIMEHOUSE 63

THE STROKES OF HIS HAMMER ON THE ANVIL KEPT TIME TO HIS SONG 66

'DID NOT YOU SAY YOU COULD SING AT SIGHT?' 'YES, SIR, BUT NOT AT FIRST SIGHT!' 76

HE WAS IMITATING THE PLAYING OF A VIOLIN 94

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