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Music Criticism and Commentary

This list provides an overview of concerned with criticism and critical evaluations of music.

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Boult On Music
Boult On Music - Words from a Lifetime's Communication. Sir Adrian Boult, with foreword by Bernard Shore and introduction by Vernon Handley. Toccata Press. 1988. ISBN 0907689035 (hardcover), 0907689043 (paperback).
Essays, radio talks, interviews, magazine and newspaper articles by Sir Adrian Boult, on conducting, on composers he knew and worked with (Vaughan Williams, Holst, Elgar and others), on the great composers of the past (Bach, Schubert, et al.), on other musicians (Menuhin, Casals, Beecham, Walter,…).

Lexicon of Musical Invective: Critical Assaults on Composers since Beethoven's Time. Nicolas Slonimsky. University of Washington Press. 1984. ISBN 0295785799 (hardcover).
An enlightening and surprising collection of bad-mouth criticisms of the great composers. The introduction is a fine essay by Slonimsky (Non-Acceptance of the Unfamiliar).