Born in 1710, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi was an Italian composer, organist and violinist, specialising in opera and traditional church music. During his tragically short life, Pergolesi lived in anonymity, but his fame grew substantially throughout the century following his death in 1736. Pergolesi’s Intermezzo La Serva Padrona, became one of the
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Set in the Russian city of St. Petersburg in 1805, War and Peace is set in the era of Napoleon’s conquest of Western Europe. The novel’s characters are introduced at a party, including socially awkward Pierre Bezukhov, ambitious Andrew Bolkonski, as well as the Rostovs – a notable Moscow family.
Madame Bovary begins with a young Charles Bovary starting a new school where he struggles to fit in. Ridiculed by his classmates, Charles grows into a mediocre, dull adult. Charles’ tough start He first fails a medical exam but passes the second one to become a second-rate country doctor. His