Here are some insightful books that have guided my appreciation of music over the years, and which I recommend to any music lover.
- Leonard Bernstein, The Infinite Variety of Music
- Leonard Bernstein, The Joy of Music
- Charles Rosen, The Classical Style
- Charles Rosen, The Romantic Generation
- Alex Ross, The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century
- Edward Said & Daniel Barenboim, Parallels and Paradoxes: Explorations in Music and Society
- Lawrence Kramer, Why Classical Music Still Matters
- Harold C. Schonberg, The Great Pianists: From Mozart to the Present
- Leonard Slatkin, Conducting Business: Unveiling the Mystery Behind the Maestro
- Daniel Levitin, This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession
- Ronald Smith, Alkan: The Man, The Music
- Haruki Murakami & Seiji Ozawa, Absolutely on Music: Conversations
Here are some websites I frequent for music criticism and news on the world of classical music.