Music Biography

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  1. 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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  2. Book ImageVirgil Thomson: Composer on the Aisle

    Anthony Tommasini

    In this vivid portrayal of a giant in American twentieth-century music and criticism, Anthony Tommasini recounts Thomson's experiences as a composer, critic, and gay man. Tommasini chronicles Thomson's upbringing in turn-of-the-century Kansas City, along with his struggle...More

  3. 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

  4. Book ImageNadia Boulanger: A Life in Music

    Leonie Rosenstiel

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

  5. 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

  6. Book ImageThe New Grove Gospel, Blues and Jazz

    William Bolcom, Max Harrison, Paul Oliver

    'Max Harrison . . . surveys the whole history and development of jazz in a concise, well written and well illustrated . . . article together with an extensive bibliography.' —Richard D. C. Noble, Times Literary SupplementMore

  7. Book ImageThe New Grove Second Viennese School: Schoenberg, Webern, Berg

    Oliver Neighbour

    The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians is the most up-to-date body of musical knowledge ever gathered together. The New Grove composer biographies have been selected from the dictionary to bring the finest of the biographies to a wider audience.More

  8. Book ImageThe New Grove Modern Masters: Bartók, Stravinsky, Hindemith

    Vera Lampert

    The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians is the most comprehensive and up-to-date body of musical knowledge ever gathered together. The New Grove composer biographies have been selected from the dictionary to bring the finest of the biographies to a wider audience. Each has been expanded and updated for book publication and contains a comprehensive work-list, index, and fully revised bibliography, in addition to the definitive view of the subject's life and works.More

  9. Book ImageThe New Grove Russian Masters I: Glinka, Borodin, Balakirev, Musorgsky, Tchaikovsky

    David Brown

    The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians is the most up-to-date body of musical knowledge ever gathered together. The New Grove composer biographies have been selected from the dictionary to bring the finest of the biographies to a wider audience.More

  10. Book ImageThe Complete Plays of Gilbert and Sullivan

    William Schwenck Gilbert, Arthur Seymour Sullivan

    From Trial by Jury to The Pirates of Penzance: the complete librettos of all fourteen Gilbert and Sullivan operas.More

  11. Book ImageThe World of the Bach Cantatas: Early Selected Cantatas

    Christoph Wolff, Ton Koopman

    The cantatas of J.S. Bach are among the best known and most frequently performed musical works of the baroque period. However, when they are played and heard today, questions arise that are difficult to answer because the works are being experienced outside their historical context.More

  12. Book ImageElvis Presley: The Rebel Years

    Schirmer's Visual Library, Lester Bangs

    The immortal Elvis Presley is shown here in his early years from 1954 to 1960 when he still had the unrestrained power of a naive, exceedingly charming Southern boy who was slowly losing his innocence.More

  13. Book ImageThe Lives of the Great Composers

    Harold C. Schonberg

    An updated and expanded edition of this perennial favorite, tracing the line of composers from Monteverdi to the tonalists of the 1990s.More

  14. Book ImageEarly Work: 1970-1979

    Patti Smith

    Selections from Patti Smith's writings over the decade in which she made a lasting impact on America's underground literary and rock scene.More

  15. Book ImageSwing, Swing, Swing: The Life & Times of Benny Goodman

    Ross Firestone

    “A first-rate biography. . . . The narrative flows like a swinging jazz solo.” —Dan Morgenstern, director, Rutgers Institute of Jazz StudiesMore

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