Composer Biographies & Studies

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  1. Book ImageMozart at the Gateway to His Fortune: Serving the Emperor, 1788–1791

    Christoph Wolff

    ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award winner

    A fresh look at the life of Mozart during his imperial years by one of the world's leading Mozart scholars.More

  2. Book ImageLouis Armstrong's New Orleans

    Thomas Brothers

    "The best book ever produced about Louis Armstrong by anyone other than the man himself."—Terry Teachout, CommentaryMore

  3. Book ImageMozart: The Early Years, 1756–1781

    Stanley Sadie

    The first comprehensive life and works of the composer in over sixty years, by a leading Mozart specialist.More

  4. Book ImageMozart's Letters, Mozart's Life

    Robert Spaethling

    "A wonderful collection that gives Mozart a voice as a son, husband, brother and friend." —New York Times Book ReviewMore

  5. Book ImageBeethoven: The Music and the Life

    Lewis Lockwood

    An authoritative work offering a fresh look at Beethoven’s life, career, and milieu. “Magisterial” —New York Review of Books.More

  6. Book ImageNew Worlds of Dvořák: Searching in America for the Composer's Inner Life

    Michael B. Beckerman

    A forceful reinterpretation of the composer's personality and work.More

  7. Book ImageJohann Sebastian Bach: The Learned Musician

    Christoph Wolff

    Finalist for the 2001 Pulitzer Prize in Biography, this landmark book was revised in 2013 to include new knowledge discovered after its initial publication.More

  8. Book ImageLexicon of Musical Invective: Critical Assaults on Composers Since Beethoven's Time

    Nicolas Slonimsky

    "A supermarket tabloid of classical music criticism."—From the new foreword by Peter Schickele.More

  9. Book ImageThe New Bach Reader

    Hans T. David, Arthur Mendel, Christoph Wolff

    Revised and enlarged

    "Just reading these documents brings this great composer to life in a most exciting and vivid way. I love this book!" —Yo-Yo MaMore

  10. Book ImageThe Compleat Brahms: A Guide to the Musical Works of Johannes Brahms

    Leon Botstein

    The 1997 centennial of Brahms's death has intensified interest among concertgoers and music lovers in the composer's prodigious body of work.More

  11. Book ImageEssays Before a Sonata, The Majority, and Other Writings

    Charles Ives

    Ives's second piano sonata, Concord, Mass., 1845, stands among the masterpieces of American music.More

  12. Book ImageAn Autobiography

    Igor Stravinsky

    While many hundred thousands of pages have been written about Stravinsky, in this book—the composer's first—we hear from the man himself.
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  13. Book ImageGlenn Gould: The Ecstasy and Tragedy of Genius

    Peter Ostwald

    "[Glenn Gould] marks a major advance in our understanding of one of the 20th century's most significant performing artists.... Ostwald is as engrossing a writer as any who has tried his hand at biography."—Ted Libbey, Washington Post Book WorldMore

  14. Book ImageNadia Boulanger: A Life in Music

    Leonie Rosenstiel

    A detailed, authoritative portrait of a commanding figure in twentieth-century music.More

  15. Book ImageCharles Ives: A Life with Music

    Jan Swafford

    An illuminating portrait of a man whose innovative works profoundly influenced the course of twentieth-century American classical music.More

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