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My Favorite Comedies in Music

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America's favorite (great) Dane proves himself just as funny on paper as he does on film. Here Borge examines the lives of such musical geniuses as Schubert, Mendelsohn, and Brahms with hilarious results.
160 pages
Published (first published October 1980)
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Shannon
Mar 13, 2016 Shannon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, music
03/11: What's not to love about Victor Borge? This is so much fun. I am going through it so quickly though. I should re-read it s-l-o-w-l-y.

Here's a footnote from the chapter on Haydn that cracks me up: "... At one of them, Haydn snitched the prince's recipe for punch, and carefully copied it in his notebook. Try it sometime, it calls for one bottle of champagne, one bottle of burgundy, one bottle of rum, ten lemons, two oranges and a pound and half of sugar."

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Joy H.
Dec 24, 2012 Joy H. marked it as to-read
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Recommended by Arnie of my GR group. Arnie wrote the following at my group on 12/24/12: "Also, for comic relief, Victor Borge's 'My favorite Comedies in Music'---Borge gives hilarious accounts of the lives of the great composers and musicians---if you like Dave Barry, or Richard Armour, you'll love this---he also has a second equally funny book, 'My favorite Intermissions in Music..'"
Bethany
Rated PG.

I absolutely adore musical humor! I am so glad that I found this at the library. It's full of hilarious tidbits of information mixed up with fantastic footnotes. There's quite a lot of humor and a bit of made-up stuff in the middle of the biographical information, but this is an excellent read in every way. Good show!
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Victor Borge, born Børge Rosenbaum, was a Danish comedian, conductor and pianist, affectionately known as The Clown Prince of Denmark, The Unmelancholy Dane,and The Great Dane.
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