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The Grand Finale! Ep. XVIIIb - The Life of Ludwig van Beethoven, pt. 10 "The Candle in the Wind" is now available!!!
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***UPDATE*** I am currently in the process of re-recording Ep. 8-14 so that their audio quality reflects that of the most recent episodes. Ep. 8, 9, and 10 have been redone already. The files have been replaced on soundcloud, so please go to iTunes, and re-download these episodes so you have the updated versions. Enjoy!!! listen, like, subscribe on iTunes

-Ep. 0-2 on JS Bach have also been redone, please re-download those as well.

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

The Life of Ludwig van Beethoven pt 2 'The Dreams of My Father' Deluxe Edition

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-

-Bowden, Sylvia. "Beethoven's 'Immortal Beloved':  a passionate or compassionate relationship?" The Musical Times, Summer 2015.

-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. 

-Carroll, Leslie. Notorious Royal Marriages - A Juicy Journey Through Nine Centuries of Dynasty, Destiny, and Desire. New York: New American Library, 2010.

-Esdaile, Charles. Napoleon's Wars - An International History. New York: Viking Penguin, 2009.

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

-Giraud, Vincent French Opera, A Short History. Padstow, Cornwall: TJ International Ltd., 2010.

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

-Harold, Christopher J. The Age of Napoleon. New York: First Mariner Books edition, 2002.

-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.

-King, David. Vienna 1814 - How the Conquerors of Napoleon Made Love, War, and Peace at the Congress of Vienna. New York: Harmony Books, 2008.

-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.

-Lockwood, Lewis. "Film Biography as Travesty: Immortal Beloved and Beethoven" The Musical Quarterly

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

-McLynn, Frank. Napoleon, A Biography. New York: Arcadia Publishing, 2011.

-Roberts, Andre. Napoleon, A Life. New York: Viking Penguin Books, 2014.

-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.

-Sonneck, O.G. Beethoven, Impressions by His Contemporaries. New York: Dover Publications, 1967.

-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.

-Sullivan, J.W.N. Beethoven - His Spiritual Development. New York: Vintage Books, 1960.

-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.

-Wagner, Richard. Beethoven. trans. Albert. R Parsons. Indianapolis, Indiana: Denham Brothers, 1873.

-Wegeler, Franz and Ries Ferdinand. Beethoven Remembered. Arlington, VA: Great Ocean Publishers, Inc., 1987.

-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. 

-Zamoyski, Adam. Phantom Terror. New York: Basic Books, 2015.

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.