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Beethoven and the zipper

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Beethoven and the zipper : the astonishing story of Musica Viva / Suzanne Baker.

  • 136 p., [32] p. of plates : ill., ports ; 24cm.
  • Published by Suzanne Baker — 2011
  • Sales Availability: This item may be available to purchase from the Australian Music Centre.
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  • Library Availability: 785.00994/1 — Available for loan

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This item may be available to purchase from the Australian Music Centre.
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Australian Artists Analysed in this Book

  Artist
 Musica Viva Australia

Product details

In 1942 an enemy alien was trusted with a top-secret assignment for the Australian war effort. He was a Viennese viola player and owner of a factory called Natty Novelties, ordered to produce his innovative zip fasteners for the defence forces. Profits were then used to kick-start what became an international music phenomenon. A central theme in this story is the Great Fugue, composed in 1826 by Beethoven. For almost a century, it baffled and angered audiences. Finally, in Paris in the 1920s, it was acknowledged as a masterpiece. Seventeen years before Igor Stravinsky pronounced a 'a perfect miracle' in 1962. The Great Fugue was chosen in 1945 in Australia to celebrate another miracle that helped redress a personal tragedy

ISBN: 978-0-646-54017-7

Dedication note: Dedicated to Ken Tribe 1914 - 2010 in appreciation of his 61 years in devotion to Musica Viva.

Revised ed.

Includes bibliography and index.


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