Monday, 15 of July of 2024

David W. Barber

Your source for hilariously informative books of humorous classical music, opera, ballet and literary reference.

Internationally bestselling author David W. Barber has sold more than 350,000 copies of his books in the past 30 years.

Musician, journalist and internationally bestselling author David W. Barber grew up in Ottawa and graduated with a music degree from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. He has been a writer, critic, copyeditor and editor in various capacities at the Kingston Whig-Standard, the Globe & Mail (Toronto), National Post (Toronto) and is currently the Assistant Editor of Arts and Life for Post Media Network Inc.

As a composer, he has written two symphonies, a Requiem mass, a mass for choir and jazz quartet based on the music of Dave Brubeck, numerous short chamber and choral works and various vocal-jazz arrangements. He continues to sing, with the Toronto Chamber Choir, with a small chamber choir called Cantores Fabularum and with various other Toronto choirs on occasion.

He is the author and editor of more than a dozen books of musical humor and literature, including Bach, Beethoven and the Boys, When the Fat Lady Sings and If It Ain't Baroque. His varied career has also included brief stints as a roadie for Pope John Paul II, a department-store Santa Claus, a Kissing Bandit, a publicist for Prince Ranier of Monaco and (with his band Barber & The Sevilles) a backup singer for Avril Lavigne.