Must-Reads Update

Have you been doing your musicological beach reading this summer? We’re in the process of updating the must-reads list with new entries, and I wanted to take this opportunity once again to solicit suggestions (either credited or uncredited). Let us know which works you find completely indispensable to the field (and for music-lovers generally), and we’ll make sure they’re included.


  1. Robert Berger says:

    Don’t miss the recent book by critic and commentator Harvey Sachs on Beethoven’s ninth.
    It’s a cultural history of this iconic masterpiece which places the work in its historical perspective and offers much fascinating information about its genesis and early performances.
    Sachs has already written biographies of Toscanini and Artur Rubistein,among other things, and has a blog at artsjournal.,com. Unfortunately he appears to be so busy with other activities that his posts are infrequent, But they’re laways interesting.

    1. Zach Wallmark says:

      Thanks for the suggestion – I’m adding it now. Sachs gave a very interesting radio interview a few months ago on his new book; you can find links to the broadcast and the book at my post on the topic here:

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