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    Is there a book about transcribing music you can recommend? I want to transcribe orchestral works for organ. What are the (types of) pieces I can have success? what are the ones that can't be trascribed?
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    I'm looking for a book on the life and music of Franz Schubert, I'm sure there have been plenty. If you have read a good one, recommend it to me here, please...?

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    Quote Originally Posted by flamencosketches View Post
    I'm looking for a book on the life and music of Franz Schubert, I'm sure there have been plenty. If you have read a good one, recommend it to me here, please...?







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    Hello everyone,

    Is there a book that covers all the classical music authors, their works and their best recordings? Something like Classical Music: The 50 Greatest Composers and Their 1, 000 Greatest Works by Phil G. Goulding but more extensive.

    And for those of you interested in Wagner and Philosophy, I recommend the following books:

    • Wagner And Philosophy by Bryan Magee
    • The Philosophies of Richard Wagner by Julian Young

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schopenhauer View Post
    Hello everyone,

    Is there a book that covers all the classical music authors, their works and their best recordings? Something like Classical Music: The 50 Greatest Composers and Their 1, 000 Greatest Works by Phil G. Goulding but more extensive.
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    You are searching for some kind of "Impossible to be written" book. Norton and Oxford have their own series of "history of Western music" in several volumes. (Don't forget that many famous composers ((in their own time)) are now forgotten ((Vivaldi's modern popularity is a recent phenomena - he was rediscovered)), so any such book will be pretty subjective.)

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    Is there a good, fun biography of Haydn? I'm particularly interested in his time in London and Paris. Nothing musicological or technical, that doesn't do it for me. Rather something personal and intimate. I know he had a fairly quiet and uneventful life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schopenhauer View Post
    Hello everyone,

    Is there a book that covers all the classical music authors, their works and their best recordings? Something like Classical Music: The 50 Greatest Composers and Their 1, 000 Greatest Works by Phil G. Goulding but more extensive.

    And for those of you interested in Wagner and Philosophy, I recommend the following books:

    • Wagner And Philosophy by Bryan Magee
    • The Philosophies of Richard Wagner by Julian Young
    There actually is a surprisingly good reference book with all of that information and more for composers great and minor, old and (up to the date it was compiled) new, called Greene's Biographical Encyclopedia of Composers. Of course, the more celebrated composers have much longer and more detailed entries. It is no substitute for Grove's, but the author does a good job of accurately providing the most pertinent information in a single volume.
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    Hey guys

    Very interesting topic - I wanted to know if we have biographies for modern classical players. In my mind, Michael Cretu is an amazing pianists but we dont know much about him

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schopenhauer View Post
    Hello everyone,

    Is there a book that covers all the classical music authors, their works and their best recordings? Something like Classical Music: The 50 Greatest Composers and Their 1, 000 Greatest Works by Phil G. Goulding but more extensive.

    And for those of you interested in Wagner and Philosophy, I recommend the following books:

    • Wagner And Philosophy by Bryan Magee
    • The Philosophies of Richard Wagner by Julian Young
    I just started reading The Ring of Truth: The Wisdom of Wagner's Ring of the Nibelung by Roger Scruton and so far it seems to be a very insightful read. Also, Robert Donington's Wagner's 'Ring' and its Symbols is an absolutely amazing book!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schopenhauer View Post
    Hello everyone,

    Is there a book that covers all the classical music authors, their works and their best recordings? Something like Classical Music: The 50 Greatest Composers and Their 1, 000 Greatest Works by Phil G. Goulding but more extensive.
    This book covers a lot of composers, some in depth. From 1100 to late 20th c. - Guillaume de Machaut to Alfred Schnittke.

    The Vintage Guide to Classical Music: An Indispensable Guide for Understanding and Enjoying Classical Music by Jan Swafford

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    Quote Originally Posted by gregorx View Post
    This book covers a lot of composers, some in depth. From 1100 to late 20th c. - Guillaume de Machaut to Alfred Schnittke.

    The Vintage Guide to Classical Music: An Indispensable Guide for Understanding and Enjoying Classical Music by Jan Swafford

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    I can wholeheartedly back this suggestion. This was a helpful book for me getting into classical music.

    On the subject of Swafford, I have recently received his biography of Johannes Brahms and am very excited to read it, which I will likely start soon once I've gotten my fill of Hesse and Mann, whose fiction I can't get enough of lately.

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    Just started reading through Lockwood's Beethoven: The Music and the Life. I picked it up in January and saw that it was recommended by several people in this thread. Just finished the first fifth or so, and I can attest to its excellence. Very engaging, very informative!

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