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100 Great Operas and Their Stories. Henry W. Simon. Anchor (formerly Doubleday). 1989. ISBN 0385054483 (paperback).
An invaluable guide for both casual opera fans and afficionados, this volume contains act-by-act descriptions of operatic works ranging from the early seventeenth century masterworks of Monteverdi and Purcell to the modern classics of Menotti and Britten. Written in a lively anecdotal style, entries include character descriptions, historical background, and much more.

101 Stories of the Great Ballets. George Balanchine, Francis Mason. Anchor (formerly Doubleday). 1975. ISBN 0385033982 (paperback).
Authored by one of the ballet's most respected experts, this volume includes scene-by-scene retellings of the most popular classic and contemporary ballets, as performed by the world's leading dance companies. Certain to delight long-time fans as well as those just discovering the beauty and drama of ballet.

The American Opera Singer: The Lives and Adventures of America's Great Singers in Opera and Concert, from 1825 to the Present. Peter G. Davis. Anchor (formerly Doubleday). 1997. ISBN 0385421737 (hardcover).

The Inner Game of Music. Barry Green, W. Timothy Gallwey. Anchor (formerly Doubleday). 1986. ISBN 0385231261 (hardcover).

An Encyclopedia of Quotations About Music. Garden Cit. Anchor (formerly Doubleday). 1978. ISBN 0385127626 (paperback).

Gershwin a Biography. Edward Jablonski. Anchor (formerly Doubleday). 1987. ISBN 0385194315 (paperback).

Glenn Gould. John McGreevy (Editor). Anchor (formerly Doubleday). 1983. ISBN 0385189958 (paperback).

The Great Violinists. Margaret Campbell. Anchor (formerly Doubleday). 1981. ISBN 0385175655 (paperback).

Greene's Biographical Encyclopedia of Composers. David Mason Greene. Anchor (formerly Doubleday). 1985. ISBN 0385142781 (paperback).

In Quest of Music: A Journey in Time. Irving Kolodin. Anchor (formerly Doubleday). 1980. ISBN 0385130619 (paperback).

Inside Music: The Essential Guide to Understanding, Listening To, and Enjoying Good Music. Karl. Haas. Anchor (formerly Doubleday). 1984. ISBN 0385134630 (paperback).

The Joy of Classical Music: A Guide for You and Your Family. Joan Kennedy. Anchor (formerly Doubleday). 1994. ISBN 0385412630 (paperback).

The Joy of Classical Music: A Guide for You and Your Family/Book&Cd. Joan Bennett Kennedy. Anchor (formerly Doubleday). 1992. ISBN 0385412622 (paperback).

The Milton Cross New Encyclopedia of the Great Composers and Their Music. Milton John Cross. Anchor (formerly Doubleday). 1969. ISBN 0385036353 (paperback).

Music Dictionary. A. Broido. Anchor (formerly Doubleday). 1966. ISBN 0385075944 (paperback).

My Favorite Intermissions,. Victor. Borge. Anchor (formerly Doubleday). 1971. ISBN 038502651X (paperback).

One Hundred and One Masterpieces of Music and Their Composers. Martin Bookspan. Anchor (formerly Doubleday). 1973. ISBN 0385057210 (paperback).
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