• Bach, Beethoven, and the Boys

  • Music History as It Ought to Be Taught
  • By: David W. Barber
  • Narrated by: Jean-Michel George
  • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (45 ratings)

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Bach, Beethoven, and the Boys

By: David W. Barber
Narrated by: Jean-Michel George
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Publisher's summary

David W. Barber has delighted fans around the world with Accidentals on Purpose, When the Fat Lady Sings, and other internationally best-selling books of musical humor. His best-selling Bach, Beethoven and the Boys chronicles the lives of the great (and not-so-great) composers, exploring their sex lives, exposing their foibles, and expanding on our understanding of these all-too-human creatures.

Filled with information, interesting facts, and trivia, this hilarious history covers music from Gregorian chant to the mess we're in now. From Bach's laundry lists to Beethoven's bowel problems, from Gesualdo's kinky fetishes to Cage's mushroom madness, Barber tells tales out of school that ought to be put back there (think how much more fun it would be if they taught this stuff).

"My heartiest commendation for an admirable work of scholarship.... I will not say again that it is funny, since this will compel you to set your jaw and dare Barber to make you laugh." (Anthony Burgess on Bach, Beethoven and the Boys)

©1986 David W. Barber (P)2018 David W. Barber

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