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Johannes Brahms Episodes 32-

-Abell, Arthur M. Talks With the Great Composers. New York: Citadel press, 1987.

-Avins, Styra. Johannes Brahms: Life and Letters. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997.

-Eisenberger, Agnes trans. The Brahms Notebooks: The Little Treasure Chest of the Young Kreisler. Hillsdale, New York: Pendragon Press, 2003.

-Frisch, Walter and Karnes C. Kevin ed. Brahms and His World, rev. edition. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 2009.

-Gal, Hans. Johannes Brahms: His Work and Personality. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1963.

-Geiringer, Karl. Brahms: His Life and Work, 3rd ed. New York: Da Capo Press, 1981 and 1982.

-Kalbeck, Max. Johannes Brahms: The Herzogenberg Correspondence. London: John Murray, 1909.

-Maitland, J.A. Fuller. Joseph Joachim. New York: John Lane, The Bodley Head, 1904.

-MacDonald, Malcolm. Master Musicians: Brahms. New York: Oxford University Presss, 2001.

-May, Florence. The Life of Johannes Brahms, in Two Volumes. London: Edward Arnold, 1095.

-Musgrave, Michael ed. Brahms. Cambridge, United Kingdom: University Press, 1999.

-Notley, Margaret. Lateness and Brahms. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press, 2007.

-Reich, Nancy B. Clara Schumann: The Artist and the Woman. Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press, 1985.

-Swafford, Jan. Johannes, Brahms: A Biography. New York: Vintage Bo

György Ligeti Episodes 19-21

-Louise Duchesneau, Wolfgang Marx, György Ligeti: of Foreign Lands and Strange Sounds. Woodbridge, UK: The Boydell Press, 2011

-Griffiths, Paul. The Contemporary Composers: György Ligeti. London: Robson Books, Ltd. 1983,

-Haskins, Rob. John Cage. London: Reaktion Books Ltd., 2012.

-Kerékfy, Márton. "A "New Music" from Nothing: György Ligeti's Musica ricercata" Studia Musicologica, Vol. 49, No. 3/4 (Sep., 2008). pp. 203-230.

-Kurtz, Michael. trans. Richard Toop. Stockhausen: A Biography. London: Faber and Faber Ltd., 1994.

-Morgan, Robert P. Twentieth-Century Music: A History of Musical Style in Modern Europe and America. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1991.

-Nicholls, David. John Cage. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2007.

-Nordstrom, Kevin. "Transformation and Distortion: The Process of Variation in Ligeti's Viola Sonata" The Journal of the American Viola Society, vol. 33 no. 2 (Dec. 2017).

-Peters, Günter and Schreiber, Mark. "'...How Creation is Composed': Spirituality in the Music of Karlheinz Stockhausen" Perspectives of New Music, Vol. 37 no. 1 (Winter, 1999), pp. 96-131

-Peyser, Joan. Boulez: Composer, Conductor, Enigma. New York: Schirmer Books, 1976.

-Peyser, Joan. To Boulez and Beyond: Music in Europe Since The Rite of Spring. New York: Billboard Books, 1999.

-Sebestyen, Victor. Twelve Days: The Story of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution. New York: Vintage Books, 2006.

-Steinitz, Richard. György Ligeti: Music of the Imagination. Boston: North Eastern University Press, 2003.

-Toop, Richard. György Ligeti. Singapore: Phaidon Press Limited, 1999.

Ludwig van Beethoven Episodes 8-18b

-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 and 24-31

-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.

-Crist, Stephen A. ed. Bach Perspectives, vol. Five: Bach in America. Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2003.

-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.

-Geiringer, Karl. The Bach Family: Seven Generations of Creative Genius. New York: Oxford University Press, 1971.

-Geiringer, Karl. Johann Sebastian Bach: The Culmination of an Era. New York: Oxford University Press, 1966.

-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.

-Oleskiewicz, Mary ed. Bach Perspectives 11, J.S. Bach and HIs Sons. Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2017.

-Ottenberg, Hans-Günter. trans. Philip J. Whitmore. C.P.E. Bach. New York: Oxford University Press, 1987.

-Schulenberg, David. The Music of Wilhelm Friedemann Bach. Rochester, NY: The University of Rochester Press, 2010.

-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. 

-Szabó, Zoltán, "Remaining Silhouettes of Lost Bach Manuscripts? Re-evaluating J. P. Kellner’s Copy of J. S. Bach’s Solo String Compositions" Understanding Bach, 10, 71–83 © Bach Network UK 2015

-Tallow, Ruth. "A Missed Opportunity: Reflections on Written by Mrs. BachUnderstanding Bach, 10, 141–157 © Bach Network UK 2015

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

-Terry, Charles Sanford. John Christian Bach. New York: Oxford University Press, 1967.

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

-Tomita, Yo. "Anna Magdalena as Bach's Copyist" Understanding Bach, 2, 59-76 © Bach Network UK 2007

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

-Wolff, Christoph. Bach: Essays on his Life and Music. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1993.

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

-Wolff, Christoph et al. The New Grove: Bach Family. New York: W.W. Norton & Company. 1983.

-Yearsly, David. "Death Everyday: The Anna Magdalena Bach Book of 1725 and the Art of Dying" Eighteenth-Century Music 2/2, 231–249 © 2005 Cambridge University Press

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