What to Listen for in Music by Aaron Copland, with additional material by Leonard Slatkin

Based on everything I've seen, this appears to be a love it or hate it book.  Personally, I love it.  I think the book's detractors were perhaps looking for a beginner's book on the subject that spoonfeeds the material rather than helping the reader to grow as a listener.  That's not what this book is … Continue reading What to Listen for in Music by Aaron Copland, with additional material by Leonard Slatkin

Mozart in the Jungle: Sex, Drugs, and Classical Music by Blair Tindall

I recently got hooked on Amazon Prime's TV series Mozart in the Jungle.  It's a comedy about the dysfunction behind the mythical New York Symphony Orchestra featuring Malcolm McDowell and Bernadette Peters.  I noticed that it was based on a book, and now having read it, I find it extremely difficult to write this review. … Continue reading Mozart in the Jungle: Sex, Drugs, and Classical Music by Blair Tindall

Classical Music 101: A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Classical Music by Fred Plotkin

As with Plotkin's Opera 101, this book is an invaluable insight into this subject matter. As with Opera 101, it's clear from the beginning that Plotkin loves classical music, and his objective is to help you to love it too. His book is designed as a launch pad for discovery, not a textbook of facts. … Continue reading Classical Music 101: A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Classical Music by Fred Plotkin