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    Quote Originally Posted by lou View Post
    Bought a copy of this last night, at our local Borders Books going out of business sale.

    Not bad for $5

    I really love this book. I read it years ago, but still go back to it from time to time. I think what I like the most is the humility and humanity of the author. By the end of the book, you feel like the author is a personal friend.

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    Default Dvorak by David Hurwitz

    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.

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    Dvorak: Romantic Music's Most Versatile Genius by David Hurwitz

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    Bios:

    Lewis Lockwood's "Beethoven: The Music and the Life" is the Beethoven biography to have if you're only going to have one.

    Performance Practice:

    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.

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    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?
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    '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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    Quote Originally Posted by Rondo View Post
    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?

    I buy scores from Sikorski regularly, but they have full scores as well as reductions. I think a study score should be the full thing.
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    Music appreciation
    Deryck Cooke: The Language of Music

    Composer specific
    Hector Berlioz: Memoirs

    Theory and Composition
    Hector Berlioz: Treatise on Orchestration

    Other
    Ferruccio Busoni/Claude Debussy/Charles Ives: Three Classics in the Aesthetics of Music
    Hector Berlioz: Evenings with the Orchestra

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    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

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lou View Post
    Bought a copy of this last night, at our local Borders Books going out of business sale.

    Not bad for $5

    It doesn't really inspire confidence that they seem to have put the wrong Bach on the cover...

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    Quote Originally Posted by StevenOBrien View Post
    It doesn't really inspire confidence that they seem to have put the wrong Bach on the cover...
    I'm afraid I don't know what you mean?

    Please enlighten me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lou View Post
    I'm afraid I don't know what you mean?

    Please enlighten me!
    In the cover is Johann Christian Bach and not Johann Sebastian Bach.

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    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)

    http://www.amazon.com/The-Symphony-A.../dp/0195126653


    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?
    thanks

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