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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffD View Post
    Oh wow. This thread is going to do me in. Best to buy the bookshelf now.
    Make sure they are strong ones, you need it.

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    thank you all for your post. I like it.

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    Superb resources here!

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    Thank you for the great content !!

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    I'd like to recommend Stuart Isacoff's excellent book Temperament: How Music Became a Battleground for the Great Minds of Western Civilization

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    Wagner's own essays, and especially Art and Revolution and The Artwork of the Future, are really something else, and they made me reconsider his musical work (and persona) altogether. (To the better, I might add.) His prose is as infallible as his music, in my opinion.
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    Great stuff, although not sure how to find time to read all of this ☺️

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrism View Post
    Great stuff, although not sure how to find time to read all of this ☺️
    Just make a schedule, each day one hour before bed time ( as example) for starters.
    Welcome to Talk Classical also.

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    Mozart fans might be both happy and interested to hear that Jan Swafford, author of the highly regarded Johannes Brahms: A Biography, is currently in the process of working on a biography of Mozart. I recently communicated with him, asking if he had any plans to produce a work on Haydn. He told me he did not, but that his book on Mozart would be his last biographical effort. Certainly something to look forward to.
    Last edited by Brahmsian Colors; Oct-07-2017 at 19:38.

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    Swafford's huge biography of Beethoven is also first class. It does a great job in recreating Beethoven's times, the lives and careers (and sometimes the sad ends) of friends and sponsors, and so forth.

    https://www.amazon.com/Beethoven-Ang...7403361&sr=8-1


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    Is that you, Ken?? Anyway, I have the Leichtentritt book on Musical Form which - the last I looked - was selling at an astronomical price - it's worth it.

    Is anyone else over here from Amazon??

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    Hi Auntie Lynn, glad to see you over here at TC! Here's a partial list of recent arrivals from Amazon. Talk Classical handle followed by Amazon handle.

    Angelo Mandillo, AB Mandillo
    distantprommer, Distant Prommer
    Jlspinks, J Spinks
    Larkenfield, Larkenfield
    MusicBear88, Thomas B Dawkins
    Pesaro, HB
    Phil in Magnolia, Phil (not) in Magnolia
    Philoctetes, Vaughan Otter
    Ras, Rasmus
    Robert Pickett, Cute ‘n Cuddly Bartok
    St Omer, Saint Omer
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    Thanks, Ken - loved the list - anyway, now if we can just roust out Edgar Self, we could be all set...

    This place takes a little getting used to after the ease of navigation at the other site...we need a "what did you do today" thread for us clingy types...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Auntie Lynn View Post
    This place takes a little getting used to after the ease of navigation at the other site...we need a "what did you do today" thread for us clingy types...
    Auntie Lynn, there is such a thread -- see the Community Forum.

    What happens in your life - Come in and share!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Haydn67 View Post
    Mozart fans might be both happy and interested to hear that Jan Swafford, author of the highly regarded Johannes Brahms: A Biography, is currently in the process of working on a biography of Mozart. I recently communicated with him, asking if he had any plans to produce a work on Haydn. He told me he did not, but that his book on Mozart would be his last biographical effort. Certainly something to look forward to.
    Quote Originally Posted by KenOC View Post
    Swafford's huge biography of Beethoven is also first class. It does a great job in recreating Beethoven's times, the lives and careers (and sometimes the sad ends) of friends and sponsors, and so forth.

    https://www.amazon.com/Beethoven-Ang...7403361&sr=8-1
    Anguish & Triumph is an excellent book.
    I like his writing style so now I'm immersed in his Language Of The Spirit.
    LOTS is an intro to classical music book but it's Swafford so it's well written and entertaining.
    Did he give you any estimated date of completion on the Mozart book Haydn67?
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