Book List for Violinists

June 14th, 2013 | Posted by BaylaK in Goal 10: Artistic Playing - (Comments Off)
  • Copland, Aaron. What to Listen for in Music. New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1939.
  • Elson, Margaret. Passionate Practice. Oakland: Regent Press, 2002.
  • Gallwey, Timothy. The Inner Game of Tennis. New York: Random House, 1974.
  • Green, Barry. The Inner Game of Music. New York: Doubleday, 1986.
  • Green, Barry. The Mastery of Music. New York: Broadway Books, 2003.
  • Griffiths, Paul. The String Quartet: A History. New York: Thames and Hudson, 1983.
  • Guarneri Quartet. The Art of Quartet Playing. New York: Knopf, 1986.
  • Jourdain, Robert. Music, the Brain, and Ecstasy. New York: Quill/HarperCollins, 1997.
  • Kaplan, Burton.The Musician’s Practice Log. 2001 (self-published: online at
  • Kaplan, Burton. Practicing for Artistic Success. 2005 (self-published: online at
  • Kramer, Lawrence. Why Classical Music Still Matters. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2007.
  • Meyer, Leonard. Emotion and Meaning in Music. New York: Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1956.
  • Nachmanovitch, Stephen. Free Play. New York: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Perigee Books, 1990.
  • Ristad, Eloise. A Soprano on Her Head. New York: Consolidated Music Publishers, 1956.
  • Sacks, Oliver. Musicophilia. New York: Vantage Books, 2007.
  • Sherman, Russell. Piano Pieces. New York: North Point Press, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1997.
  • Steinhardt, Arnold. Indivisible by Four. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1998.
  • Whiteside, Abby. On Piano Playing. Portland: Amadeus Press, 1997.
  • Zander, Benjamin and Rosamunde. The Art of Possibility. New York: Penguin USA, 2002.

Great performances are about so much more than any individual self.  An artist is really a messenger for humanity. You don’t cry about the death of your own loved one; you cry about how every person must experience loss in this way, and yet find a way to go on. The timeless portrait of life, blackened daily by constant wrongdoing and inexplicable pain, must be cleaned and restored with our belief in the possibility of beauty, goodness, memory, and redemption, communicated through the art music which is one of the highest forms of spiritual expression known to humankind. Sometimes this transformation happens involuntarily, when the music catches us and takes us into another space; but we can also foster our own spiritual growth in order to become artist-poets who speak ideas deeper than words through our instruments. When we find this connection to the infinite, we escape our own boundaries, and our playing nears greatness. It is a humbling experience. If we are lucky, it is why we were born.