Music and medicine, the most universal of the arts, have much in common. Many physicians have found release and inspiration in the enjoyment of music, and, on occasion, physicians have been excellent musicians in their own right. Theodore Billroth, the father of gastric surgery, was a renowned musician and the confidant of Johannes Brahms. Fritz Kreisler forsook the career of medicine to enter the concert field.
This book is a compilation of fascinating stories, with considerable newsy small talk of lesser lights and the contemporaries of the world's great musicians of the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. Accounts are given about the less famous forerunners and companions of Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven. Chats on Scarlatti and Vivaldi and notes on the early operas in Vienna, Paris, Rome, Milan, and Naples depict behind the scenes intimacies and gossipy tidbits. The jealousies and human frailities of small and great alike are revealed