What are your favorite types of music-related books?


May 16, 2022, 12:30 a.m. · Last week, Diana Skinner wrote a review for a new book by classical pianist, Jeremy Denk, titled Every Good Boy Does Fine. I also read this excellent book, and it reminded me of how enjoyable it can be to read about the lives and thoughts of other classical musicians.

I have an entire bookshelf devoted to music books, with everything from history books, theory books, music criticism books, education books, biographies, non-fictional stories, not to mention a few that I could call “historical-romance fiction” (like Vivaldi’s Virgins by Barbara Quick – which I thoroughly enjoyed!) and even a murder mystery! (Paul Adam’s Rainaldi Quartet.) And I’ll add that I’ve written a few, with the Violinist.com Interviews Vol. 1 and vol. 2.

These books, of course, are completely separate from my sheet music wall!

I’m interested in music-related books (not sheet music) that people have on their shelves and which of them like to read the most. Please participate in the vote, choosing what you think is your favorite type of book right now, even if you have more than one answer. So tell us, what are your favorite books on music? What book are you currently reading or have you read most recently? What do you find most rewarding about reading about music, musicians, or music history? And don’t hesitate to mention if you’ve written a book yourself.

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