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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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