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Music Talks: the lives of classical musicians by Helen Epstein (92,000 words)
A collection of profiles of some of the world's most fascinating musicians, including the late Leonard Bernstein, Vladimir Horowitz, and Dorothy DeLay and the very lively James Galway and Yo-Yo Ma. Passed from hand to hand and read by music students as well as music lovers everywhere, Music Talks makes a wonderful gift book.
"An illuminating introduction to the trials and triumphs of the classical musician." New York Times Sunday Book Review
"Informative, perceptive, lively and accurate." Gary Graffman, Curtis Institute
"For twenty years, I've assigned these profiles to my students as a means of understanding themselves and their art. Epstein has a gift for making the sometimes remote world of classical music seem familiar without sacrificing its majesty and mystery." Jonathan Baldo, Eastman School of Music
"I use her book as a model for my students in teaching them both the profile form and how to provoke subjects into revealing themselves on the page." Megan Marshall, Emerson College, Department of Writing, Literature and Publishing