In celebration of Classical Music Month, please enjoy this curated list of books and journal articles that highlight the study of a timeless art form.
Edited by Colleen Renihan, John Spilker, and Trudi Wright
Foreword by William Cheng
Guidance for implementing music pedagogies of care and intersectional equity.
By Heather Platt
Lieder and the rise of song recital in the United States, 1850–1914.
Classical music is a historically white male-dominated music genre, but many are trying to change that. Sewell provides an overview of how some American classical music radio stations are approaching diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and then turn to some of the ways her team at Classical IPR addresses DEI on the air.
By Joseph Horowitz
The perils of equating notions of freedom with artistic vitality.
By Denise Von Glahn
An in-depth look at an essential institution’s influence on twentieth-century American music.
Piano is not only a popular instrument in the classical music genre, but also in the music education space—piano lessons are a common after-school activity. But what makes a student stick with piano lessons? This study compares 260 students who stuck with piano with a group of students who dropped out after approximately 5 years of study to answer that question.
By Howard Pollack
The multifaceted biography of the composer’s relationships and epic achievement.
By Carol A. Hess
A definitive account of the composer-diplomat and his time in Latin America.
This article describes a study that investigated effects of respondents’ sociodemographic background on their rating of appeal and congruency of music in television commercials, with a focus on classical music. Though research indicates that there are connections between listeners’ musical preferences and their backgrounds, the results of the study suggest that sociodemographic background may not play a central role in processing the commercials, classical or not.
William C. Banfield
Now available in paperback, William C. Banfield’s acclaimed collection of interviews delves into the lives and work of forty-one Black composers.