It’s Classical Music Month Did You Know?

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Since September is National Classical Music Month I decided to recommend some of my favorite music history books. Music history has definitely become a passion of mine lately. Not all of these books focus completely on classical music but they all cover it in various ways. The following are my top 3 music history picks as of right now.

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The Ladies Guide to History: Hildegard of Bingen

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Hildegard was a woman who did everything she never was supposed to do and made no apologies for it. She was an abbess, although never officially given the title, composer, prophet, scientist, preacher, author and so many other things. Hildegard came to my attention in music history class when listening to the music of the Medieval Period. Imagine my surprise when a piece of music  played turned out to be beautiful and was written by a woman. This was indeed rare as any other student of music history can attest. Even after a few years this woman still had my interest so I decided to read a biographies about her.  Continue reading

Book Review: Evening in the Palace of Reason by James Gaines

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As a musician I am often interested in reading about different musicians and composers so recently I read the book Evening in the Palace of Reason by James Gaines and loved it. This book contains essentially two biographies following Johann Sebastian Bach and Frederick the Great culminating in their famous meeting.  Continue reading