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Music In the Western World: A History In Documents -- Piero Weiss/Richard Taruskin
Contemplating Music: Challenges To Musicology -- Joseph Kerman
Music and Marx: Ideas, Practice, Politics -- Regula Qureshi
Music As Cultural Practice, 1800-1900 -- Lawrence Kramer
 

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Anyone know if a good overview of chamber music - history, discussions on 'greatest' works?
I don't know how in depth you are looking, but these are general surveys that aren't comprehensive. I find a lot of these overview books tend to be along the lines of recording liner notes, which is fine if you don't want a lot of depth and would rather have a companion or a starter guide.

I really only know Mark Radice's well, as it is a textbook and have come across it from time to time.

Chamber Music: An Essential History, Radice
Guide to Chamber Music, Dover
Chamber Music: A Listener's Guide, Keller
A Friend's Guide to Chamber Music: European Trends from Haydn to Shostakovich, Monsman
 

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Just started this, a new examination of Liszt's symphonic poems from Joanne Cormac at University of Nottingham (England.) She details Liszt's years in Weimar, his ideas on music and art, motivation and premieres, and repositions the composer as a dramatist. whose symphonic oeuvre should be placed alongside dramatic works of Mendelssohn, Berlioz and Wagner. Eminently readable and not at all didactic this is an exciting venture into an area that, unlike the worlds of Beethoven, Bach or even Bruckner, has not been particularly explored. Fun so far.
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