Books ABOUT music?
I just finished Piano Notes by Charles Rosen and loved it. I played piano for years as a child and teenager and never got as far as learning the nuances he eloquently describes.
A couple of the books I've read about classical music in the last year and a half are, I think, going to hold up as lifelong favorites for me (in any genre, not just writing about music). Those are Indivisible by Four by Arnold Steinhardt and Symphony for the City of the Dead by M.T. Anderson.
I would love other recos for great books about music, classical and otherwise. I've heard Patti Smith is a particularly good memoirist, but haven't actually read any of her stuff yet.
What say you, BKs?