A Somewhat Incomplete Glimpse into my Personal Library: a frequently updated catalog of Classical Music

Welcome to my
private collection of

As the title suggests, here you will find an incomplete list (I am only showcasing my favorites) of memoirs, biographies and reference works within the genres of Classical Music and Classical Music History.  Please note that I will only showcase books that I have read and own and consider to be highly informative in terms of their subject matter.

My reviews for these and other titles in this category will be coming soon to my Book Reviews section of unravelingmusicalmyths.blogspot.ca

In the interim, publisher synopses can be found through the external links provided (embedded in the book titles) toward Amazon.com - a bibliophile’s (like myself) paradise)!

As always, keep checking back for updates, and it is my hope that you enjoy these reads as much as I do!

*Section: denotes the Categorical section of each work.

Section: (Biography)
Beethoven: The First Biography
by Johann Aloys Schlosser

Composer of Fidelio:

Section: (Biography, Science)
Beethoven's Hair: An Extraordinary Historical Odyssey...
by Russell Martin

Composer of Symphony no. IX in D minor:

Section: (Reference)
The Compleat Mozart: A Guide to the Musical Works of...
by Edited by Neal Zaslaw

Composer of Le Nozze di Figaro:

Section: (Letters, Memoir)
Mozart's Letters, Mozart's Life
by Edited & Translated by Robert Spaethling

Composer of Eine Kleine Nachtmusik:

Section: (Biography)
Mozart at the Gateway to His Fortune...
by Christoph Wolff

Composer of Die Entführung aus dem Serail:

Section:(Bio, Reference)
by Julian Rushton

Composer of Requiem d-Moll (D Minor) KV 626:

Section: (Biography)
by Paul Johnson

Composer of Die Zauberflöte:

Section: (Biography)
W.A. Mozart
by Hermann Abert

Composer of Lucio Silla:

Section: (Biography)
Verdi and/or Wagner
by Peter Conrad

Composers of Rigoletto & Der Fliegende Holländer:

Section: (Bio, Philosophy)
The Tristan Chord: Wagner and Philosophy
by Bryan Magee

Composer of Die Feen:

Section: (Autobiography)
My Life (Mein Leben)
by Richard Wagner

Composer of Tristan und Isolde:

Section: (Bio, Reference)
The Sorcerer of Bayreuth: Richard Wagner...
by Barry Millington

Composer of Tannhäuser:

Section: (Memoir)
The Memoirs of Hector Berlioz
by Hector Berlioz read my review of this title HERE.

Composer of La Symphonie Fantastique:

Section: (Biography)
Vivaldi Red Prince of Venice
by Susan Adams

Composer of Tito Manlio:

Section: (Letters, Memoir)
Gustav Mahler: Letters to His Wife
by Henry Lewis de La Grange; edited by Günther Weiss

Composers of Symphony no. V & Die Stille Stadt:

Section: (Biography)
Corresponding With Carlos
by Charles Barber

Conductor of Die Fledermaus:

Section: (Bio, Compilation)
Music as Alchemy: Journeys with Great Conductors...
by Tom Service

Conductors of Various:

Section: (Biography)
Gesualdo: The Man and His Music
by Glenn Watkins (with Preface by Igor Stravinsky)

Composer of Moro Lasso:

Section: (Biography)
The Gesualdo Hex: Music, Myth & Memory
by Glenn Watkins

Composer of Tristis Est Anima Mea:

Section: (Reference)
A History of Opera
by Carolyn Abbate

Composers of Various:

Section: (Music History)
Music & Monarchy
by David Starkey & Katie Greening

Composers of Various:

Section: (Social Studies)
The Castrato and his Wife
by Helen Berry

Castrato, Teacher and Muse of Various/Wolfgang Mozart:

Section: (Biography)
by Lucy Moore

Dancer; Choreographer of Le Sacre du Printemps:

*Note: this is a very small selection of favorites from my otherwise vast home library. I am quite the biblio- and melophile so a very fruitful supply of recommended reading will be coming soon as I add more content to my blog.

Keep checking back for more updates!


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