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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.” — Michael E. Ross, 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