By Albert Borowitz
Crime has shaped the root of numerous plots in track theater and opera. numerous recognized composers have been homicide sufferers or believed to be murdered, and one of many maximum Renaissance composers slaughtered his spouse and her lover. In Musical Mysteries, popular actual crime historian Albert Borowitz turns his consciousness to the lengthy and complicated heritage of song and crime. The publication is split into components. the 1st addresses 3 elements of musical crime: the clashes among green with envy and aggressive musicians, the recurrent query of even if genius and criminal activity can coexist within the comparable soul, and the jarring distinction among the inventive artist and the violent melodrama of lifestyle. Borowitz explores 8 notorious crimes and crime legends, together with the suspected killing of Robert Cambert through his rival, opera composer Jean-Baptiste Lully; the lurid slaying by way of sixteenth-century madrigal composer Carlo Gesualdo of his untrue spouse; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s intended homicide by the hands of Antonio Salieri; and the stalking and homicide of John Lennon by means of Mark Chapman. the second one half examines crimes in track, taking a look at such assorted examples because the “Song of Lamech,” the second one biblical killer; the preoccupation of the Gilbert and Sullivan operettas with company legislation and fraud; and the violent personality of Jud Fry in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!
This interdisciplinary learn of musical crimes and criminals deals readers Borowitz’s attribute shut, realized research and insightful, attractive prose. Musical Mysteries will attract actual crime aficionados in addition to scholars of social and track history.
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Musical Mysteries: From Mozart to John Lennon (True Crime History) by Albert Borowitz