Beethoven and the zipper : the astonishing story of Musica Viva / Suzanne Baker.
Australian Artists Analysed in this Book
|Musica Viva Australia|
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
Includes bibliography and index.
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