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The Loves of Great Composers   By: (1857-1918)

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The Loves of Great Composers by Gustav Kobbé offers an intriguing glimpse into the romantic affairs of renowned music composers throughout history. In a departure from conventional biographies, Kobbé delves into the personal relationships and amorous escapades that shaped the lives of these musical geniuses.

Through meticulous research and attention to detail, Kobbé breathes life into the love stories that have often been overshadowed by the composers' musical legacies. From Beethoven's passionate infatuations to Mozart's tempestuous affairs, the author uncovers the often tumultuous and scandalous love lives of these great artists.

What sets this book apart is Kobbé's ability to vividly paint the complex tapestry of emotions experienced by these composers. With a deft hand, he weaves together historical context, personal correspondence, and anecdotal evidence to create a nuanced portrayal of love in the lives of these musical luminaries.

Moreover, Kobbé aptly illustrates how the composers' personal relationships influenced their musical compositions. Through his insightful analysis, readers gain a deeper understanding of how love, heartbreak, and longing found their way into the notes that have become timeless melodies.

While the focus primarily lies on the loves of the composers, the book does not shy away from the societal constraints and pressures that influenced their romantic endeavors. Kobbé highlights how these external factors often posed significant obstacles, leading to clandestine liaisons, secret marriages, and illicit affairs.

Though the subject matter is undoubtedly captivating, there are instances where the book veers into excessive detail that may overwhelm some readers. Furthermore, at times, the narrative can become disjointed as the author jumps back and forth between different composers and their love lives.

Despite these minor imperfections, The Loves of Great Composers is an enthralling and enlightening read for any music lover or history enthusiast. Kobbé's ability to humanize these musical giants and illuminate the often-hidden aspects of their lives sets this book apart from other biographies in the genre.

Overall, Gustav Kobbé's The Loves of Great Composers offers a well-researched and compelling exploration of the romantic entanglements that shaped the lives and art of some of the world's most celebrated composers. It serves as a reminder that behind every beautiful melody lies the heart and soul of an artist, forever intertwined with the joys and tribulations of love.

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[Frontispiece: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (photogravure)]

Thomas Y. Crowell & Co. New York Copyright, 1904 and 1905 By The Butterick Publishing Co. (Limited) Copyright, 1905, by Thomas Y. Crowell & Co. Published September, 1905 Composition and electrotype plates by D. B. Updike, The Merrymount Press, Boston

To Charles Dwyer

Table of Contents

Mozart and his Constance

Beethoven and his "Immortal Beloved"

Mendelssohn and his Cécile

Chopin and the Countess Delphine Potocka

The Schumanns: Robert and Clara

Franz Liszt and his Carolyne

Wagner and Cosima

List of Illustrations

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (photogravure) . . . . Frontispiece

Mozart at the Age of Eleven

Constance, Wife of Mozart

Ludwig van Beethoven

Countess Therese von Brunswick

"Beethoven at Heiligenstadt"

Félix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

Fanny Hensel, Sister of Mendelssohn

Cécile, Wife of Mendelssohn

The Mendelssohn Monument in Leipsic

Frédéric Chopin [missing from book]

Countess Potocka

The Death of Chopin

Robert Schumann

Robert and Clara Schumann, in 1847

Clara Schumann at the Piano

The Schumann Monument in the Bonn Cemetery

Franz Liszt

Liszt at the Piano

The Princess Carolyne, in her Latter Years at Rome

The Altenburg, Weimar, where Liszt and Carolyne lived

Richard Wagner

Cosima, Wife of Wagner

Richard and Cosima Wagner

Richard and Cosima Wagner entertaining in their Home Wahnfried, Liszt and Hans von Wolzogen

Mozart and His Constance

Nearly eight years after Mozart's death his widow, in response to a request from a famous publishing house for relics of the composer, sent, among other Mozartiana, a packet of letters written to her by her husband... Continue reading book >>

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