The Gift Of Music: Great Composers And Their Influences
One of the finest achievements of Western culture is its brilliant heritage of classical music. A Gift of Music looks at the lives of the greatest composers who have given us this heritage, and especially at how their music was shaped by their beliefs.
The result is a remarkable and inspiring book, showing the importance of Christian faith for many composers, and the effec...more
The authors' knowledge of music is evident, but the writing itself is occasionally scattered.
My children have found it interesting in small doses. I don't usually finish reading the entire chapter to them, but I try to hit the highlights. This is not to say that the book is not interesting. It hits the main points of the composers life and what they contributed to music as well as a bit of historical bac ...more
We read this book aloud over the course of two years while studying history 1600-present. I loved the insight into the lives of these creative geniuses, and we tried to pair each reading with listening to a piece of their music.