a review about a new book written by the classical pianist, Jeremy Denk, called Every Good Boy Does Fine. I also read this excellent book, and it reminded me of how enjoyable it can be, to read about the lives and thoughts of other classical musicians.Last week Diana Skinner wrote
I have an entire book shelf devoted to books about music, with everything from history books, theory books, books on music criticism, pedagogy books, biographies, non-fictional stories, not to mention a few that I might classify as "historical fiction-romance" (such as Vivaldi's Virgins by Barbara Quick - which I enjoyed quite a lot!) and even a murder mystery! (The Rainaldi Quartet by Paul Adam.) And I'll add that I've written a few, with the Violinist.com Interviews Vol. 1 and Vol. 2.
These books, of course, are completely separate from my wall of sheet music!
I'm interested in what music-related books (not sheet music) that people have on their shelves, and which of them they enjoy reading the most. Please participate in the vote, picking what feels like your favorite kind of book right now, even if you have more than one answer. Then tell us, what are your favorite music-related books? What book are you reading now, or did you read most recently? What do you find most rewarding about reading about music, musicians or musical history? And feel free to mention, if you have written a book yourself.
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