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Episode XIV The Life of Ludwig van Beethoven pt. 6 'Friends and Enemies' is now available on iTunes!

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The Life of Ludwig van Beethoven pt 1 'A Distant Mirror' Deluxe Edition

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Episode XIII - The Life of Ludwig van Beethoven - Part V 'The Spirit of Mozart'


Episode XII - The Life of Ludwig van Beethoven - Part IV 'The Will to Power'


Episode XI - The Life of Ludwig van Beethoven - Part III 'The Sword in the Stone'


Episode X - The Life of Ludwig van Beethoven - Part II 'The Dreams of My Father'


Episode VII - The Life of Fritz Kreisler - Part III 'A Citizen of the World'


Episode VI - The Life of Fritz Kreisler - Part II 'Fields of Glory'


Episode V - The Life of Fritz Kreisler - Part 1 'Vienna's Violinist 


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Ludwig van Beethoven Episodes 8-

-Breuning, Gerhard von, ed. Maynard Solomon.  Memories of Beethoven. Cambridge, UK:  Cambridge University Press, 1992.

-Burnham, Scott.  Beethoven Hero. Princeton, New Jersey:  Princeton University Press, 2000.

-Block, Christopher. "Some Gray Areas in the Evolution of Beethoven's Piano Concerto in Bb Major, Op. 19." In Beethoven Essays: Studies in Honor of Elliot Forbes, ed. by Lewis Lockwood and  Phyllis Benjamin, 108-126. Harvard University Press. Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1984. 

-Geiringer, Karl. Haydn, A Creative Life in Music. Berkley, California: University of California Press, 1968.

-Hamburger, Michale ed. Beethoven - Letters, Journals, and Conversations. New York: Thames & Hudson Ltd., 1984.

-Kerst, Friedrich and Krehbiel, Henry Edward ed. Beethoven - The Man and the Artist, as Revealed in His Own Words. New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1964.

-Lockwood, Lewis. Beethoven, The Music and the Life. New York: W.W. Norton & Company. 2003. 

-Lockwood, Lewis. Beethoven Symphonies - An Artistic Vision.  W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. 2015, paperback 2017.

-Martin, Russel.  Beethoven's Hair - An Extraordinary Historical Odyssey and a Scientific Mystery Solved.  New York:  Broadway Books, 2001. 

-Rosen, Charles. The Classical Style - Haydn, Mozart Beethoven. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1997.

-Schindler, Anton Felix. ed. Donald W. MacArdle. Beethoven as I Knew Him. Mineola, New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1996

-Schonberg, Harold C. The Great Pianists - From Mozart to the Present. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1987.

-Solomon, Maynard. Beethoven - A Life. New York: Schirmer Trade Books, 1998, 1977.

-Solomon, Maynard. Beethoven Essays. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1998.

-Solomon, Maynard. Mozart - A Life. New York: Harper Perennial, 1996.

-Solomon, Maynard. Late Beethoven - Music, Thought, Imagination. Berkley, California: University of California Press, 2003.

-Staehelin, Martin. "A Veiled Judgment of Beethoven by Albrechtsberger?" In Beethoven Essays: Studies in Honor of Elliot Forbes, ed. by Lewis Lockwood and Phyllis Benjamin, 46-52. Harvard    University Press. Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1984. 

-Suchet, John. Beethoven - The Man Revealed. New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2012.

-Swafford, Jan. Beethoven - Anguish and Triumph. New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014.

-Thayer, Alexander. Thayer's Life of Beethoven. vol. 1, 2. rev. and ed. by Elliot Forbes. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1970.

-Webster, James. "The Falling-out Between Haydn and Beethoven: The Evidence of the Sources." In Beethoven Essays: Studies in Honor of Elliot Forbes, ed. by Lewis Lockwood and Phyllis       Benjamin, 3-45. Harvard University Press. Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1984. 

Fritz Kreisler Episodes 5-7

-Biancolli, Amy. Fritz Kreisler, Love's Sorry, Love's Joy. Portland, Oregon: Amadeus Press, 1998.

-Lochner, Louis P. Fritz Kreisler. New York: The MacMillan Company, 1951.

-Primrose, William. Playing The Viola, Conversations with William Primrose. New York: Oxford University Press, 1988.

-Primrose, William. Walk on the North Side, William Primrose, Memoirs of a Violist. Provo. Utah: Brigham Young University Press, 1978.

-Sachs, Harvey. Virtuoso. New York: Thames and Hudson Inc., 1982.

-Schwarz, Boris. Great Masters of the Violin, rom Corelli and Vivaldi, to Stern, Zukerman and Perlman. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1983.

-Spalding, Albert. Rise To Follow. New York: Henry Holt and Company, Inc., 1943.

-Szigeti, Joseph. With Strings Attached. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1947.

-White, John. Lionel Tertis, The First Great Virtuoso of the Viola. Rochester, New York: The Boydell Press, 2006.

JS Bach Episodes 0-4

-Clarke, Stephen L. “C.P.E. Bach and the Tradition of Passion Music in Hamburg.” Early Music, Vol. 16, No. 4 (November 1988): 533-541.

-Dirst, Mathew. “Bach’s French Overtures and the Politics of Overdotting.” Early Music, Vol. 25, No. 1 (February 1997): 35-44.

-Gaines, James R. Evening in the Palace of Reason: Bach Meets Frederick the Great in the Age of Enlightenment. New York: Harper Collins Publishers, 2005.

-Gardiner, John Eliot. Bach: Music in the Castle of Heaven. New York: Vintage Books, 2013.

-Hans T. David and Arthur Mendel, eds. The New Bach Reader: A Life of Johann Sebastian Bach in Letters and Documents. REv. and expanded by Christoph Wolff. New York, 1998.

-Howard-Jones, Evlyn. “Arrangements and Transcriptions.” Music & Letters, Vol. 16, No. 4 (October 1935): 305-311.

-Mann, Alfred, trans. The Study of Counterpoint: from Johann Joseph Fux’s Gradus ad  Parnassum. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. 1965.

-Mann, Alfred. The Study of Fugue. New York: Dover Publications, Inc. 1987.

-Schweitzer, Albert. J.S. Bach, English Translation by Ernest Newman. 2 vols. New York: Dover Publications, Inc. 1966.

-Sibling, Eric. The Cello Suites: J.S. Bach, Pablo Casals, and the Search for a Baroque Masterpiece. New York: Grove Press. 2009.

-Spitta, Philipp. Johann Sebastian Bach: His Work and Influence on the Music of German, 1685-1750. Trans. Clara Bell and J.A. Fuller-Maitland. 3 vols. New York: Dover Publications, Inc. 1952. 

-Terry, Charles Sanford. The Music of Bach, An Introduction. New York: Dover Publications. 1963.

-Terry, Charles Sanford. Bach, A Biography. London: Oxford University Press. 1933.

-Williams, Peter. J.S. Bach: A Life in Music. New York: Cambridge University Press. paperback 2012.

-Wolff, Christoph. Johann Sebastian Bach: The Learned Musician. New York: W. W. Norton & Company. 2001.