GOOD READS (ON MUSIC)
The following list contains music books I have enjoyed over the years. Some are more technical than others, and some are just down right "Good Reads." Another words, inspire the muses within us all. Enjoy! "In Defence of "Classical Music," Andrew Ford A wonderful and personal account of the power and verve that Classical music can possess for some. Mr. Ford a well known composer, critic, and radio personality throughout Australia. Many passionate and thought- provoking points about the art of 'listening.' "The Joy of Music," Leonard Bernstein. Passionate written dialogues and essays, collected from his memorable Omnibus Television Series. Something for everyone who is enthusiastic about Concert Music. I have used it as a resource in Music Appreciation classes to great success. "Early Modernism:" Literature, Music, and Painting in Europe 1900-1916. A strong resource for any musician, artist, writer, etc. interested in this fascinating period of radical change. A bit technical at times, but wonderful artistic cross references to all the arts of the period. "The Classical Style," Charles Rosen. An in-depth read of what truly makes the music of the Classical Period so unique. Rather technical for non-musicians, but if you can wade through, you and your ears will be greatly rewarded. An excellent chapter on the development of the Symphony, and how the form grew rather organically.