Hilarious and delightful...much of the fun is in the footnotes! This is the way music history ought to be taught. This book is a short chronicle of the lives of the great musical composers. A fast and funny read that imparts tons of little-known information. I read things here, that are not in any musical history book I've ever seen before. All facts are guaranteed by the author to be 100% true and accurate. Who knew there were so many irreverent facts about Back, Beethoven and the Boys?
Fun, fun book to help you learn this dry old stuff!
I grew up reading translation of this series of "as it ought to be taught" books, and had great fun reading them, partly because of the author's humorous writing, partly because of the fun facts that other music history book wouldn't mention.
As a conservatory student, I read them again, just to recall some childhood memories. However, now I must strongly disagree the title, perhaps it's also meant to be a joke, it certainly isn't the way "music history as it ought to be taught" in the serious way.
Though, this series is surely a very fun start for music history learning.