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Koussevitzky Bibliography

Serge Koussevitzky

No biography of Koussevitzky has appeared since the conductor's death in 1951. Moses Smith's Koussevitzky was the last to be written. It appeared in 1947, and thus did not deal with his last seasons in Boston, his retirement, or final illness. The chronicle of that portion of Koussevitzky's life has yet to be written. Nonetheless, there is much useful information in the volumes which follow. The most valuable sources are marked with a *. Many of these books are out of print, but may still be obtained from libraries.

Bamberger, Carl. The Conductor's Art. 315pp. McGraw Hill, 1965. (Columbia University Press 1989 ISBN 0231071299)
* Bernstein, Leonard. Findings. 376pp. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1982. ISBN 0671429191
Boult, Sir Adrian Cedric. My Own Trumpet. 213pp. London: H. Hamilton, 1973. ISBN 0241024455
Brook, Donald. International Gallery of Conductors. 232pp. London: Rockliff, 1951. (Greenwood Press 1973 ISBN 0837147670
Brower, Harriette. World's Great Men of Music. 400pp. Frederick A. Stokes, 1922; reprint ed., 1940. ( 2005 228pp ISBN 1414249691)
Brush, George. Boston Symphony Orchestra. 219pp. Boston: Merrymount Press, 1936.
Copland, Aaron. Copland on Music. 285pp. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1960. (Da Capo Press 1977 285pp ISBN 0306707756)
* Dickson, Harry Ellis. Gentlemen, More Dolce Please. 162pp. Boston: Beacon Press, 1969. (Beacon Press 1974 176pp ISBN 0807051780)
Downes, Olin. Olin Downes on Music; A Selection From His Writings During The Half-century 1906 To 1955. 473pp. New York: Simon & Shuster, 1957. (Greenwood Press 1968 ASIN B0006BYVRG or Reprint Services Corp ISBN 0781292565)
Duke, Vernon. Passport to Paris. 502pp. Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1955. ASIN B0007DX0P2
Ewen, David. Dictators of the Baton. 305pp. Chicago: Ziff-Davis Publishing Co., 1943. ASIN B0007DMEHC (Roth Reprint edition 1978 ISBN 0848630025)
________. The Man with the Baton. Introduction to original edition by Serge Koussevitzky. 374pp. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Co., 1936. ASIN B00085HPIM (Ayer 1936 ISBN 0836904338)
________. Music Comes to America. 295pp. New York: Allen, Towne & Heath, Inc., 1947. ASIN B0007DK27Q
________. Musicians Since 1900. 974pp. New York: H.W. Wilson Co., 1978. ISBN 0824205650
Gaisberg, Frederick William Music on Record. 269pp. London: R. Hale, 1946. ASIN B0007JDCEK
Goldovsky, Boris. My Road to Opera. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1979. ISBN 0395277604
Haggin, Bernard H. Music in the Nation. 376pp. Freeport: Books for Libraries Press, 1971. (Ayer Co 1949 ISBN 0836925033)
Hall, David & Levin, Abner. The Disc Book. 471pp. New York: Long Player Publications, 1955.
Holmes, John L. Conductors on Record. 734pp. London: Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1982. (V. Gollancz 1988 ISBN 0575040882)
Howe, Mark A. DeWolfe. The Boston Symphony Orchestra 1881-1931. 264pp. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1931. ASIN B0008581M6
________. The Tale of Tanglewood. 98pp. Vanguard Press, 1946.
* Johnson, H. Earle. Symphony Hall, Boston. 431pp. Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1950. (Da Capo Press 1979 ISBN 0306795183)
* Kupferberg, Herbert. Tanglewood. 280pp. McGraw Hill, 1976. ISBN 0070356432
Leichtentritt, Hugo. Serge Koussevitzky, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the New American Music. 191pp. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1946. ASIN B0007DMN64
Leinsdorf, Erich. Cadenza: A Musical Career. 321pp. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1976. ISBN 0395244013
________. The Composer's Advocate. 216pp. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1981. ISBN 0300024274
* Lourié, Arthur. Sergei Koussevitzky and His Epoch. 253pp. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1931. ISBN 0404040365 (Books for Libraries Press 1969 ISBN 083695050X)
Great Jews in Music by David Lyman
Lyman, David. Great Jews in Music. 326pp. Middle Village, NY: Jonathan David Publishers, Inc., 1982. (Jonathan David Publishers 1994 332pp ISBN 082460315X)
Nabokov, Nicolas. Old Friends and New Music. 243pp. London: Hamilton, 1951. (Greenwood Press 1974 294pp ISBN 0837175941)
Newman, Vera. Ernest Newman, A Memoir. 278pp. New York: Knopf, 1964.
O'Connell, Charles. The Other Side of the Record. 332pp. New York: Knopf, 1947.
Piatigorsky, Gregor. Cellist. 273pp. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1965.
Pincherle, Marc. The World of the Virtuoso. 192pp. New York: Norton, 1963.
Ries, Claire R. Composers, Conductors and Critics. 264pp. New York: Oxford University Press, 1955.
Rubinstein, Artur. My Young Years. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1973.
________. My Many Years. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1980.
Saleski, Gdal. Famous Musicians of Jewish Origin. 716pp. New York: Bloch Publishing Co., 1949.
Schickel, Richard. The World of Carnegie Hall. 438pp. New York: Julian Messner, Inc., 1960.
Schonberg, Harold C. The Great Conductors. 384pp. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1967.
Shore, Bernard. The Orchestra Speaks. 217pp. London: Longmans, Green & Co., Ltd., 1938.
Slonimsky, Nicolas. Perfect Pitch: A Life Story. 292pp. New York: Oxford University Press, 1988.
* Smith, Moses. Serge Koussevitzky. 400pp. New York: Allen, Towne and Heath, 1947. ISBN B0007DSTR6
Stoddard, Hope. Symphony Conductors of the U.S.A. 405pp. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Co., 1957.
Szigeti, Joseph. With Strings Attached. 341pp. New York: Knopf, 1947.
________. A Tanglewood Dream. Koussevitzky Music Foundation, 1965.
Thomson, Virgil. Music Right and Left. 214pp. New York: Holt, 1951.
________. The Musical Scene. 301pp. New York: Knopf, 1945.
* Wooldridge, David. Conductor's World. 379pp. London: Praeger, 1970.

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