The Loves of Great Composers

LibriVox recording of the Gustav Kobbé book
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LibriVox recording of The Loves of Great Composers by Gustav Kobbé.
Read in English by Peter Thomlinson
Gustav Kobbe was a German/US music critic who worked at the time of Liszt and Wagner in particular, and was clearly in the Wagnerian rather than the Brahms camp. His unusual style of writing and his strongly romantic take on the loves of these seven composers makes for entertaining listening, even though his facts and opinions may differ from more academic writers and biographers of these composers. Each composer occupies a section or chapter, with Wagner getting the fuller account in terms of length. In fact Gustav Kobbe claims he knew Liszt and Wagner as well as Cosima Wagner - so this must be quite original and authoritative. The 19C period and its atmosphere is conveyed by Kobbe's unusual sentence construction and reads more like story telling rather than a written work. ( Peter Thomlinson)
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M4B Audiobook (78MB)

  1. Mozart and his Constance (19.3Mb)
  2. Beethoven and his (18.1Mb)
  3. Mendelssohn and his Cecile (21.6Mb)
  4. Chopin and the Countess Delphine Potocka (20Mb)
  5. The Schumanns:Robert and Clara (18.1Mb)
  6. Franz Liszt and his Carolyne (21.9Mb)
  7. Wagner and Cosima (36Mb)

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