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:
The Arcis Saxophon Quartet
W.A.Mozart by Hermann Abert & Clifford Eisen - John l. Boul has a tip: "Fascinating, authoritative and so very long. Read short bites."
had a couple of tips for us:
Christian Gerharer, "Halbe Worte sind's, Halb Melodie" - Gespräche mit Vera Bauer
The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century by Alex Ross (very fond of this one too) - truly a brilliant read!
- 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.
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
is a fan of
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!
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