What books have given you great insight into great music?
May 22, 2006 12:49 PM Subscribe
What are the best books offering analysis of Beethoven's symphonies? Other classical works?
posted by agropyron to media & arts (16 answers total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
I am looking for books that essentially walk you through symphonic works and give description and analysis as you go. I've got a beginner-level understanding of music theory, so the more layperson-friendly the better.
I've got all of Robert Greenberg's
Teaching Company courses, and I'm basically looking for more of the same, in book form. Here
is more detail on one of his courses to give you a better idea of what I'm looking for. I'm most interested in in-depth studies of works, but I also enjoy books with a broader focus, like some of those I've listed below.
For Beethoven, I've got:
Beethoven and His Nine Symphonies
, by George Grove
The Nine Symphonies of Beethoven
, by Antony Hopkins
For general symphonic music, I've got:
The Milton Cross New Encyclopedia of the Great Composers and Their Music
The Essential Canon of Classical Music
, by David Dubal
Guide to Symphonic Music
, by Edward Downes
The Lives of the Great Composers
, by Harold Schoenberg
What other books have given you great insight into great music?