Thomas Beecham: An Obsession with Music

Thomas Beecham: An Obsession with Music by John Lucas

Title: Thomas Beecham: An Obsession with Music
Author: John Lucas
ISBN10: 1843834022
ISBN13: 978-1843834021
Publisher: Boydell Press; Har/Com edition (September 18, 2008)
Language: English
Subcategory: Music
Size PDF: 1663 kb
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Rating: 4.7/5
Votes: 508
Pages: 416 pages
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Thomas Beecham: An Obsession with Music by John Lucas


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Thomas Beecham was one of Britain's greatest conductors of orchestral music and opera as well as an entrepreneur and impresario of exceptional energy and brilliant wit. This new life places him - musically, politically and socially - in the troubled times in which he lived and corrects the stories and myths, many of them Beecham's own making, that have grown up around this uniquely gifted and controversial figure.Drawing upon extensive research, Lucas presents new material on his early years, his complicated private life, his father's catastrophic attempt to buy a large part of Covent Garden - which brought the family to its knees financially - and the orchestras and opera companies that Beecham founded. New light is shed on his visits to Nazi Germany and his view of its leaders, as well as the much misunderstood and previously unchronicled years of the Second World War, which he spent in Australia and America.Thomas Beecham: An Obsession with Music will change the way we view this complex personality and remain the standard biography for years to come.