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.
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.