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.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