Can anyone suggest me good books for improving knowledge (and performance) of 19th and 20th century music?

  • What instrument? Level? Country of origin? Oct 21, 2014 at 19:44
  • Orchestral, opera genres. High level. Western world. Oct 30, 2014 at 15:54

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The Memoirs of Hector Berlioz. Everyman's Library Edition is excellent.

This is an amazing book, not a history book, but a book that describes in vivid detail the emotions that inspired Berlioz's music, and gives a detailed account of what his life was like as a major composer in 19th century Europe. Most importantly, it is a very entertaining read.

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