Our first book list!

Here it is - the first (of hopefully many!) HELLO STAGE Book List - thank you so much for the wonderful contributions!

Last week I decided to ask our Twitter followers which books they consider a must-read for classical musicians - and during the course of the week, our twitter feed was busy chirping away with recommendations!

When we are open and willing to engage and share knowledge and professional tips on social media, or anywhere else for that matter, we really contribute to the development of our art and profession - whatever that may be.

This book list is especially valuable as it comes directly from YOU - all of you are shaping the classical music scene today and every voice counts :)!

So, here we go:

W.A.Mozart by Hermann Abert & Clifford Eisen - John l. Boul has a tip: "Fascinating, authoritative and so very long. Read short bites."

The Arcis Saxophon Quartet had a couple of tips for us:

The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century by Alex Ross (very fond of this one too) - truly a brilliant read!

Christian Gerharer, "Halbe Worte sind's, Halb Melodie" - Gespräche mit Vera Bauer - an unusual biography of the noted German baritone and bass singer, Christian Gerharer.

A Treatise on the Fundamental Principles of Violin Playing by Leopold Mozart.

Maria Busqué suggested a couple of biographies, too:

Thomas Quasthoff's autobiography, Die Stimme

and the biography of Gidon Kremer, as well as:
The Second Circle by Patsy Rodenburg, "one fantastic book about stage presence" .

Composer Mathis Nitschke suggests a novel by acclaimed american novelist, Richard Powers: The Time of Our Singing

Clio Montrey is a fan of Musicophilia by Oliver Sacks, whom she highly praises for his "excellent work".

Cellist Ivan Turkalj suggests a book by Alfred Einstein, Music in the Romantic Era, which he describes as: "very informative and good to read - from a musical and historical point of view!
Berhard Kerres and Édua Amarilla Zádory are both fans of Humphrey Burton's biographys - Bernhard recommends the Leonard Bernstein Biography whilst Édua Amarilla suggests his study of Yehudi Menuhin, Menuhin: A Life.
Lydia Maria Bader has the Marta Argerich Biography by Olivier Bellamy on her nightstand and also recommends an "all-time classic", the Memoires of Arthur Rubenstein.

Various biographies seem to be the most popular choices here - do you have something to add?
Join the conversation in the comments below!

Nina K Lucas is a pianist, sound creative, yoga teacher, Belgrade girl, chocolate lover, foodie & your Community Manager on HELLO STAGE! "I love what I do - managing this fantastic community - thank you all for being such an inspiration! :)" Follow Nina on Twitter and Instagram - you can also always reach out to her at nina@hellostage.com.

Author: Nina HELLO STAGE
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Peter Robertson - 2015-03-08 19:07 edited
Claus Hierluksch - 2015-03-08 22:18
Sonia Simmenauer - Muss das sein? Leben im Quartett
Bettina Mehne - 2015-03-09 13:52
@Ragin, I totally agree with Gregor Piatigorsky's Mein Cello und ich!! But Hilary & Jackie was one of the most horrible reads ever! that book should never been written!!! it is horrible how she talks about wonderful artists like Barenboim and Metha. A sister taking revenge, that's all!
for some lighter entertainment I would like to add "Die Geschichte der Musik in comics" ;-)
édua amarilla zádory - 2015-03-10 15:35
Crisula Stefanescu: sergiu & Ioana celibidache :-)
Anne Wieben - 2015-03-10 15:47 edited
I highly recommend Renee Fleming's autobiography, "The Inner Voice: The Making of a Singer". It is a really insightful and inspiring read for singers and musicians alike!
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