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Re: More alternatives to GG
Here's something you might be interested in. I picked up a fantabulous
book entitled _Passion & Anger: The Last Master_, volume one of a
fictional biography of Ludwig van Beethoven. It's by John Suchet, a name
some of you might recognise as belonging to a telejournalist who
corresponds from all over Western Europe. It was a breathtaking joy to
read from beginning to end, and I'm kicking myself with a crazy grin on my
face for breaking my rule of `never start a series that hasn't been
completed yet'. It's published by Little Brown and it's a UK edition, new
as of very late 1996. It covers LvB's life from five or so up to the
Heiligenstadt Testament when he finally accepted that he was going deaf.
I think you'd like it, Alun - from one bookseller to another I recommend
it! And you can rip into me as much as you like if you don't enjoy it, or
if it's not your thing, or whatever!
I personally haven't gotten as far as the late quartets - I'm still
blissfully wading about in the Rasumovskys - but methinks I'll hie to my
classical music store (thankfully Montreal has several megastores with
EXCELLENT supply! - not to mention reasonably priced!) and scoop one or
Just so this has some GG connection -- have any of you evaluated the
Images discs yet? Here in Montreal I can get both editions -- which
should I go for, or should I forego them? (That was completely
unintentional - my mind has been wallowing in howlingly painful
but brilliant Gilbertian lyrics for too long now, soothed only by
Sullivanian serenity in music!)
Concordia University, Montreal
`It really isn't difficult if you give your whole mind to it.'
- Lady Angela, Act 1
Gilbert & Sullivan's `Patience'