Page 2 of 3 FirstFirst 123 LastLast
Results 16 to 30 of 39

Thread: Any great composer biographies?

  1. #16
    Senior Member Rogerx's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2018
    Location
    On the border.
    Posts
    40,645
    Post Thanks / Like
    “Never argue with an idiot. They will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.” ― Mark Twain

    "Liberté, égalité, fraternité"

  2. #17
    Senior Member Fabulin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2019
    Posts
    1,100
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    The biographies by Steven C. Smith are quite good

  3. #18
    Senior Member Open Book's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2018
    Posts
    1,571
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    I just received Swafford's Beethoven biography. It's a massive hardcover, weighs about 4 pounds. I prefer to read lying on my back in bed but I'm afraid of dropping this on my face. The paperback version seems to be rare and more expensive. Paperbacks can be heavy, too. I wish they would print big books in multiple volumes.

    It looks good, though. I enjoyed Swafford's (smaller) Brahms biography.
    Last edited by Open Book; Dec-03-2020 at 20:41.
    "No one chooses the tuba" - Alexander von Puttkamer

  4. #19
    Banned (Temporarily)
    Join Date
    Nov 2020
    Posts
    751
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Open Book View Post
    I just received Swafford's Beethoven biography. It's a massive hardcover, weighs about 4 pounds. I prefer to read lying on my back in bed but I'm afraid of dropping this on my face. The paperback version seems to be rare and more expensive. Paperbacks can be heavy, too. I wish they would print big books in multiple volumes.

    It looks good, though. I enjoyed Swafford's (smaller) Brahms biography.
    Get a forklift!

  5. Likes Open Book liked this post
  6. #20
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2017
    Posts
    317
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Imogen Holst's biography of her father is a great book but she can be a little hard on his music.

  7. #21
    Senior Member Open Book's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2018
    Posts
    1,571
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Alma Mahler's autobiography of her life with her husband is good. I read it years ago. What stood out from the first read is the death of their little daughter from disease. Shocking that it was a common occurrence for people to lose children in those days, they lived with that agony. That event was responsible for the deep emotion expressed in his symphonies.

    I read bits and pieces again and learned that she was at first critical of his music (she was a composer herself) but that they were drawn to each other immediately, soul mates.
    Last edited by Open Book; Dec-03-2020 at 23:37.
    "No one chooses the tuba" - Alexander von Puttkamer

  8. #22
    New Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2020
    Location
    United Kingdom
    Posts
    3
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    The two volume biography of Stravinsky by Stephen Walsh is, I would say, a major achievement.

  9. #23
    Senior Member wkasimer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2017
    Location
    Sharon, Massachusetts
    Posts
    3,028
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Olias View Post
    All of the above suggestions are good, however, if you prefer an "audio lecture" presentation you can't go wrong with these:

    https://www.thegreatcourses.com/cate...?CFM=mega_menu

    They are all on sale right now as well.
    I agree. I thought that the Verdi one was particularly good. The Brahms and Shostakovich lectures are also fine, but shorter.

  10. #24
    Senior Member wkasimer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2017
    Location
    Sharon, Massachusetts
    Posts
    3,028
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Open Book View Post
    I just received Swafford's Beethoven biography. It's a massive hardcover, weighs about 4 pounds. I prefer to read lying on my back in bed but I'm afraid of dropping this on my face.
    I bought the Kindle version when it was on sale for a couple of bucks.

  11. Likes DjPooChoo liked this post
  12. #25
    Senior Member Open Book's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2018
    Posts
    1,571
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by wkasimer View Post
    I bought the Kindle version when it was on sale for a couple of bucks.
    Yeah, if anything were to convert me to trying Kindle, you'd think this would be it.
    "No one chooses the tuba" - Alexander von Puttkamer

  13. #26
    Senior Member Simon Moon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2013
    Location
    Los Angeles
    Posts
    1,271
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    This is a biography about 3 composers. Very informative and pretty well written.

    Schoenberg, Berg, and Webern: A Companion to the Second Viennese School

  14. #27
    Senior Member wkasimer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2017
    Location
    Sharon, Massachusetts
    Posts
    3,028
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Open Book View Post
    Yeah, if anything were to convert me to trying Kindle, you'd think this would be it.
    You hit on the main reason I use a Kindle. I like to read while laying on the couch, and I've had too many incidents of dozing off and having the book bounce off my nose.

  15. Likes Roger Knox liked this post
  16. #28
    Senior Member jim prideaux's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Location
    north east england
    Posts
    3,375
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Swafford Brahms VG!

    Have often considered the Beethoven!
    Last edited by jim prideaux; Dec-04-2020 at 22:50.
    'so where are the strong, who are the trusted and where is the harmony, sweet harmony?'
    (Nick Lowe)

  17. Likes Roger Knox liked this post
  18. #29
    Senior Member Open Book's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2018
    Posts
    1,571
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by wkasimer View Post
    You hit on the main reason I use a Kindle. I like to read while laying on the couch, and I've had too many incidents of dozing off and having the book bounce off my nose.
    Swafford's Beethoven would break your nose.
    Last edited by Open Book; Dec-04-2020 at 22:59.
    "No one chooses the tuba" - Alexander von Puttkamer

  19. Likes Roger Knox liked this post
  20. #30
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2020
    Posts
    12
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default

    Alfred Einstein on Mozart is written with considerable stylistic elegance.

Page 2 of 3 FirstFirst 123 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •