Books

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A Malcolm Arnold Musical Companion (Malcolm Arnold Society)

A companion to hold your hand through the works of an utter professional [RB]

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Gormenghast (Sony Classical & BBC Studios)

(Déjà Review) One of the finest scores ever written for television [GSD]

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Klaus Tennstedt: Possessed by Music

Like Klaus Tennstedt himself, Georg Wübbolt’s biography is flawed, but fascinating [NC]

Samuel Barber: His Life and Legacy (University of Illinois Press)

A first class study, well worth tracking down [SG]

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The Score – Interviews with Film Composers (Silman-James Press)

(Déjà Review) This is a book that is well overdue. It is an inside look at the working life of the people who compose for films against ruthless deadlines and the dictates of production teams [IL]

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Don’t Forget About Me (Toccata Press)

A powerful and moving study of a potential great of Czech 20th Century music [NB]

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Don’t Forget About Me (Toccata Press)

A gripping, if tragic story of a composer and pianist who died too young [MMB]

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Composing Myself (Toccata Press)

One of the most important composer autobiographies [GH]

The Life and Music of Elizabeth Maconchy (Boydell & Brewer)

An intellectually rewarding book, both absorbing and enlightening [SG]

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Porte Chiuse (Closed Doors) – (Maurizio Vetri Editore)

Absorbing reading for anyone able to read Italian and interested in Italian post-war history, both musical and political [CH]

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Sir Arthur Bliss – Standing out from the Crowd

A comprehensive and vivid picture of Sir Arthur Bliss [JQ]

Speaking Musically (Royal Academy of Music Press)

Weighty, serious and far-striding interviews; a rich resource [RB]

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Moorland Symphonies (Lyrita)

A successful and informative introduction to this appealing composer’s work [NB]

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Anton Bruckner: Eleven Symphonies (Bruckner Society of America)

A highly informative and accessible guide through the thickets of Bruckner scholarship [RMo]

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The Simonsens of St. Kilda (Per Diem Projects)

An engaging, insightful and interesting read [MMB]

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Moorland Symphonies (Lyrita)

Does extremely well in introducing the reader to the man and his music [RB]

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Manchester Beethoven Studies (Manchester University Press)

A variegated ocean of writing by and for the worlds of deep dive enthusiasts and academics [RB]

Alphons Diepenbrock: The Life, Times and Music of a Dutch Romantic Composer (Toccata Press)

A rewarding read [SG]

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Parallel Voices (Edizioni Bongiovanni)

A wide-ranging, highly individual, often wayward collection of observations from one of opera’s great characters [RMo]

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The Golden Shore (Matador Publishing)

A warm welcome is due this exemplary book which has been so well realised [RB]

Tommasino: The Enigma of the English Mozart (Shelf Life)

Greatly refreshing and inspires surefooted confidence [RB]

Gideon Klein: Don’t forget about me (Toccata Press)

The life of a young genius tragically ended by a cruel and evil regime [SG]

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Opera – The Autobiography of the Western World

Enjoyable and engaging if not fulfilling [MMB]

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The Ballets of Ludwig Minkus (Cambridge Scholars)

A new edition of the definitive study of Ludwig Minkus’s career and work is very welcome [RMay]