Amidst a background of wars and revolution, the nineteenth century produced many of the world’s best-loved composers. Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin and Tchaikovsky are just some of the many familiar names whose music was shaped by the events of the period. Discover Music of the Romantic Era charts the course of music through these turbulent but exhilarating times. Light-hearted but authoritative, it tells the fascinating, often scandalous life-stories of the nineteenth century’s greatest composers and describes how they created musical history. Their many different styles are illustrated by 2 ½ hours of carefully chosen music on the dedicated website.
About the Author
David McCleery studied music at Manchester University before embarking on a career in arts administration. After various jobs with orchestras, artists’ agencies and festivals, he joined Chester Music and Novello music publishers where he developed a keen interest in working with composers, including John Tavener, Richard Rodney Bennett and Thea Musgrave. That interest continues today, although he has moved to the field of media music and works for a management company for film and television composers. When time permits, he undertakes freelance writing projects. For Naxos, he has written A Portrait of John Tavener, as well as the Romantic and Twentieth-Century editions of the ‘Discover’ series.