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Serge Rachmaninoff

Rachmaninoff. Geoffrey Norris. Oxford University Press. 2000. ISBN 0198164882 (paperback).
Second edition. Celebrating its 100th anniversary, this series cprovides its readers with detailed insight into the lives and work of music's geniuses. Unlike other composer biographies that focus narrowly on the music, this series explores the personal history of each composer and the social context surrounding the music. In a precise, engaging, and authoritative manner, each volume combines a vivid portrait of the master musicians' inspirations, influences, life experiences, even their weaknesses, with an accessible discussion of their work-all in roughly 300 pages. Further, each volume offers superb reference material, including a detailed life and times chronology, a complete list of works, a personalia glossary highlighting the important people in the composer's life, and a select bibliography. Under the supervision of music expert and series general editor Stanley Sadie, Master Musicians will certainly proceed to delight music scholars, serious musicians, and all music lovers for another hundred years.

Rachmaninoff: Composer, Pianist, Conductor. Barrie Martyn. Scolar Press. 1990. ISBN 0859678091 (hardcover).
This book explores the three aspects of Rachmaninoff - composer, pianist, conductor, with particular emphasis on the composer. His works are discussed in detail with musical examples. An appendix with discography is included, as well as a listing of works conducted and concerts given.

Rachmaninoff. Robert Walker. Omnibus. 1996. ISBN 0711902534 (paperback).
An introduction to the life and works of the composer, this book is geared towards younger readers with many photographs and illustrations.
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Jean-Phillip Rameau

Jean-Philippe Rameau. Dover Publications, Inc. 1989. ISBN 0486214168 (paperback).
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Maurice Ravel

Ravel: Man and Musician. Arbie Orenstein. Dover Publications, Inc. 1991. ISBN 0486266338 (paperback).

Maurice Ravel. Gerald Larner. Phaidon Press. 1996. ISBN 0714832707 (paperback).

A Ravel Reader: Correspondence, Articles, Interviews. Maurice Ravel, Arbie Orenstein (Editor). Columbia University Press. 1990. ISBN 0231049625 (paperback).

Maurice Ravel - Variations on His Life and Work. H.H. Stuckenschmidt, Samuel R. Rosenbaum (translator). Calder and Boyars. 1969. ISBN 0714500259 (paperback).
Detailed information on the personal life of Ravel in this well-documented biography.

Ravel Remembered. Roger Nicholas (Editor & translator). W.W. Norton. 1987. ISBN 039302573X (paperback).
A collection of tributes and reminiscences by friends and fellow musicians and composers.

Five Great French Composers: Hector Berlioz, César Franck, Camille Saint-Saëns, Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel - Their Lives and Works. Donald Brook. Books for Libraries. 1977. ISBN 0836980794 (hardcover).
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Max Reger

Max Reger: A Bio-Bibliography. William E. Grim. Greenwood Publishing Group. 1988. ISBN 0313253110 (hardcover).
Includes a short biography, a list of works and performances, publishers, a complete discography, and a detailed bibliography, with appendices containing a chronological listing of Reger's works as well as a listing of works by genre.
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Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakoff

Rimsky-Korsakov. Gerald Abraham. Reprint Services. 1949. ISBN 0781296234 (hardcover).
Library Binding, 142 pages .

Rimsky-Korsakov: A Short Biography. Gerald Ernest Heal Abraham. AMS Press. 1975. ISBN 0404145000 (hardcover).

Reminiscences of Rimsky-Korsakov. Vasilii Vasilevich Yastrebtsev, Florence Jonas (Editor). Columbia University Press. 1985. ISBN 023105260X (hardcover).
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Joaquín Rodrigo

Hand in Hand With Joaquín Rodrigo - My Life at the Maestro's Side. Victoria Kamhi de Rodrigo. translated by Ellen Wilkerson.. Latin American Literary Review press. 1992. ISBN 093548051X (paperback).
Intimate memoir of the blind Spanish composer written with affection by his wife.
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Antonio Rosetti

The Music of Antonio Rosetti (Anton Rosler) ca. 1750-1792: A Thematic Catalog (Detroit Studies in Music Bibliography). Sterling E. Murray. Harmonie Park Press. 1987. ISBN 0899901050 (hardback).
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Gioachino Rossini

Rossini: The Man and His Music. Francis Toye. Dover Publications. 1987. ISBN 0486253961 (paperback).
Long considered the definitive biography in English, this book takes great pains to dispel misconceptions about the enigmatic composer, whose natural talents may have rivaled that of Mozart and Mendelssohn, and whose music sparkles with a wit, spontaneity and brilliance found in the work of few others.

Rossini. Nicholas Till. Omnibus. 1987. ISBN 0711909881 (paperback).

Life of Rossini. Richard Coe. Riverrun Press. 1982. ISBN 071450632X (paperback).

Rossini. Richard Osborne. Oxford University Press. 2000. ISBN 0198164904 (hardcover).
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