The Ninth: Beethoven and the World in 1824
The Ninth Symphony, Beethoven's mightiest attempt to help humanity find its way from darkness to light, was born in the repressive period that followed the French Revolution and Napoleon's wars. In this book, the symphony becomes a prism through which we view Beethoven's era, intentions, and influence.
First published: 2010
The Letters of Arturo Toscanini
Toscanini's letters, collected, translated, and edited by Harvey Sachs, reveal a man of strong perceptions, musical and otherwise, and acute self-knowledge. Since Toscanini left no memoirs and granted no interviews, these letters have become a unique source of first-hand information about him.
First published: 2002
Rubinstein: A Life
Arthur Rubinstein (1887-1982), one of the most celebrated pianists of the twentieth century, led a remarkably long, full, and complicated life. Not counting Rubinstein's charming but not always accurate memoirs, this book is the only full-length biography of an unusual man and musician.
First published: 1995
Reflections on Toscanini
Eleven essays by the great conductor's biographer, on specific aspects of Toscanini's life and work.
First published: 1991
Music in Fascist Italy
How did individual Italian and foreign musicians react to Mussolini's fascist regime (1922-43), and how did Italy's musical institutions fare during that period? This book is the first major work in English to deal with this controversial subject.
First published: 1986
The life and art of Niccolo' Paganini, Franz Liszt, Anton Rubinstein, Ignace Paderewski, Fritz Kreisler, Pablo Casals, Wanda Landowska, Vladimir Horowitz, and Glenn Gould
First published: 1982
A biography of one of the most influential performing musicians of all time.
First published: 1978