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The Classical Style: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven
4.22
Charles Rosen is one of the great musicologists of the twentieth century and in The Classical Style he does a marvelous job characterizing the classic...more
May 14, 2009
Mar 20, 2009
 
6
Mozart
4.05
Solomon attempts to do the impossible in this book -- to get inside the unconscious minds of the Mozarts on the basis of historical documents and lett...more
Mar 28, 2009
Mar 20, 2009
 
8
The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century
4.12
This ambitious, thrilling guide to notational music in the twentieth century admirably succeeds in its many goals. Alex Ross, recent recipient of a Ma...more
May 2009
Mar 31, 2009
 
21
Thomas Adès: Full of Noises: Conversations with Tom Service
3.71
Spending time with this book is such an unpleasant experience, it nearly makes me rethink my enthusiastic admiration for Adès as a composer. I've foll...more
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Apr 24, 2014
 
19
Mozart's Requiem: Historical and Analytical Studies, Documents, Score
4.25
I was drawn to this book after joining an amateur choir that will be performing the Requiem in its entirety, and am reading it with the eyes of a layp...more
Feb 13, 2012
Feb 10, 2012
 
14
The Perfect Wagnerite: A Commentary on The Niblung's Ring
3.76
That this book is one-sided is well-known -- Bernard Shaw focuses on The Ring overwhelmingly though the lens of his socio-political and economic inter...more
May 11, 2009
May 07, 2009
 
16
Poetics of Music in the Form of Six Lessons
3.96
There are composers like Arnold Schoenberg and Pierre Boulez who are also gifted communicators and insightful students of music history and theory. Th...more
Jun 04, 2009
May 31, 2009
 
4
Beethoven: The Music and the Life
3.84
This is an extraordinary book and an invaluable guide to the works of Beethoven written for the intelligent layperson. He leads the reader through the...more
Mar 04, 2009
Feb 13, 2009
 
12
On Music and Drama
3.53
A selection of useful writings by the prolific Richard Wagner is poorly presented in this volume, which features atrocious translations and dubious ed...more
May 29, 2009
May 01, 2009
 
18
Arnold Schoenberg
4.15
Rosen offers a brief and invaluable presentation of formal and critical factors for appraising dodecaphonic music of Schoenberg, Berg, and Webern thro...more
Jul 11, 2010
Jul 04, 2010
 
1
Opera and the Morbidity of Music
3.55
Kerman's collection of essays and reviews is an absolute delight and a treasure, full of enlivening and precise prose that glistens and animates the s...more
Mar 04, 2009
Jan 22, 2009
 
10
The Ring of the Nibelung
4.24
I don't expect Porter's translation of Wagner's libretto will be surpassed or even matched any time soon. It makes following along with recordings ext...more
May 07, 2009
May 01, 2009
 
2
The Vintage Guide to Classical Music
4.16
This serviceable overview of the history of classical music is primarily a collection of biographies of the lives of major composers. It gives short s...more
Sep 2008
Jan 22, 2009
 
3
What to Listen for in Music (Revised Edition)
3.94
This classic has been in print for many decades, and the reasons for this are clear. This book provides an excellent overview of compositional forms t...more
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Jan 22, 2009
 
9
Music and the Mind
3.75
Made it about half-way through this book -- it doesn't strike me as worth finishing. It's not bad as far as it goes, but Storr is no authority on this...more
May 11, 2009
Apr 27, 2009
 
15
Orientations: Collected Writings
4.13
Sometimes dry but often brilliant.
Jun 18, 2009
May 14, 2009
 
5
Write All These Down: Essays on Music
4.00
None
Apr 09, 2009
Mar 06, 2009
 
17
J.S. Bach, Vol 1
4.19
None
Sep 08, 2009
May 07, 2009
 
13
I Saw the World End
4.50
None
Jul 16, 2009
May 01, 2009
 
20
Theory of Harmony
4.24
None
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Feb 23, 2012
 
11
The Tristan Chord: Wagner and Philosophy
4.25
None
May 11, 2009
May 01, 2009
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