Why did Bach's son call him 'The Old Wig'?What part did Stravinsky's parrot play at dinner parties?How did Mozart keep his pigtails styled?What did Schumann invent to make his fingers stronger?And why "did" Beethoven throw his stew? This book is a unique introduction for children to the world of classical composers and their music. Famous cellist Steven Isserlis brings six of his favorite composers to life in an irresistible manner, painting hilarious biographical portraits of each of them and describing their music in lively detail. Packed with facts, dates, anecdotes and illustrations, "Why Beethoven Threw the Stew" is an attractive and accessible read for children (and their parents!).