I have been on a bit of a Dvorak binge lately. I just finishede this book and I liked it alot. Of course, I like all of David Hurwitz books.
Dvorak: Romantic Music's Most Versatile Genius by David Hurwitz
Lewis Lockwood's "Beethoven: The Music and the Life" is the Beethoven biography to have if you're only going to have one.
Erich Leinsdorf's "The Composer's Advocate" is a fascinating but characteristically curmudgeonly compendium of the sort of arcana that he thinks conductors should think about.
General writing about specific pieces:
Along with Tovey's and Michael Steinberg's program notes, any of Andrew Porter's six volumes of collected music essays from The New Yorker are fascinating (and scholarly) reading.
If you can read in French, I recommend Francis Pagnon's book about Wagner's music. It's really good.
You'll never listen to Wagner the same again.
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Has anyone purchased a "Study score," particularly one published under the name Sikorski? I am looking at a study score right now for an orchestral work. Before I dish out the money for it, I want to be confident that it will be the entire orchestral score, with all parts/instruments/voices, and not a piano-type double-clef score or sketches. Anyone familiar with this publisher?
'bout to rip this thread a new arsehole, all the following are under 'theory and comp':
time and rhythm in north indian rag music - martin claytin
solkattu manual - david nelson
composing the music of africa - malcom floyd
mande music - eric charry
gamelan gong kebyar, the art of 20th century balinese gamelan - michael tenzer
composing for japanese instruments - minoru miki (well, this one may go in the instrument specific section, it's an instrumentation manual)
also, there are a crapload of them and he's not even halfway done, but peter lawrence alexander has the professional orchestration series
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"Beware of listening to this impostor; you are undone if you once forget that the fruits of the earth belong to us all, and the earth itself to nobody." - Rousseau
Deryck Cooke: The Language of Music
Hector Berlioz: Memoirs
Theory and Composition
Hector Berlioz: Treatise on Orchestration
Ferruccio Busoni/Claude Debussy/Charles Ives: Three Classics in the Aesthetics of Music
Hector Berlioz: Evenings with the Orchestra
I have three small books that might be of interest. Hope I'm not repeating what has already been posted. They are:
a] Conversations with Menuhin - by David Dubal. Publ.: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich (HBJ)
b] The Wordsworth Dictionary of Musical Quotations - by Derek Watson. Publ.: Wordsworth Reference
c] A Dictionary of Musical Quotations - by Ian Crofton & Donald Fraser. Publ.: Schirmer Books
A few of the most rewarding books on music I have read:
Theodor Adorno, Quasi una fantasia
Carl Dahlhaus, Nineteenth-Century Music
Christopher H. Gibbs, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Schubert
Kenneth Hamilton, After the Golden Age: Romantic Pianism and Modern Performance
Robin Stowell, ed. The Cambridge Companion to the String Quartet
Jan Swafford, Johannes Brahms: A Biography
William Weber, The Great Transformation of Musical Taste: Concert Programming from Haydn to Brahms (NOTE: This one is a pretty dry read, but its thesis is fascinating and well-supported)
Robert Winter & Robert Martin, The Beethoven Quartet Companion
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In addition to Stowell's book on the string quartet, my I suggest Paul Griffiths' The String Quartet.
I read all that thread seraching a book of symphonies' description.
I'd like to buy "The Symphony: A Listener's Guide [Paperback]
Michael Steinberg" (in this thread is recommended several times)
Is it really a book where I can read what the Mahler's and Beethoven's symphonies (for exemple) descrives movement per movement?
Is there some book better? Or a book where the greatest symphonies and concertos are together in the same book?