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A selection of biographies written by experts and specialists for each composer. Each book providing an insight into the extraordinary lives of these great composers.

• how did the son of a provincial piano tuner rise to international fame?
• was the English countryside the principal inspiration for Elgar's music?
• was this moustachioed, red-blooded, imperialist all that he seemed...?

The Extraordinary Life series includes biographies for Bach, Elgar, Mozart, Purcell and Britten. Each book has been researched and written by leading specialists, providing revealing accounts of the lives of these extraordinary composers. The collection dispels myths, provides a social setting for their respective work, and produces a human and believable portrait of each composer. Anyone interested in these great composers will find these fascinating and readable histories.