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Jan Swafford
Jan Swafford

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JAN SWAFFORD received degrees from Harvard and the Yale School of Music and is the author of Charles Ives: A Life with Music, which was a finalist for the 1996 National Book Critics Circle Award for biography, won the PENWinship Award, and was hailed by Newsweek as "one of the best biographies in recent memory." He is also the author of The Vintage Guide to Classical Music and a featured commentator on NPR's Performance Today. An award-winning composer whose work has been widely performed by ensembles here and abroad, he lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Johannes Brahms
A Biography
Written by Jan Swafford


Format: Trade Paperback, 752 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 7, 1999
Price: $22.00

A New York Times Notable Book

"This brilliant and magisterial book is a very good bet to...become the definitive study of Johannes Brahms."--The Plain Dealer

Judicious, compassionate, and full of insight into Brahms's human complexity as well as his music, Johannes Brahms is an indispensable biography.

Proclaimed the new messiah of Romanticism by Robert... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

Johannes Brahms
A Biography
Written by Jan Swafford


Format: eBook, 752 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 11, 2012
Price: $16.99

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Also available as a trade paperback.

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The Vintage Guide to Classical Music

Written by Jan Swafford


Format: Trade Paperback, 624 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 15, 1992
Price: $21.00

This is the most readable and comprehensive guide to enjoying over five hundred years of classical music—from Gregorian chants, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to Johannes Brahms, Igor Stravinsky, John Cage, and beyond.

The Vintage Guide to Classical Music is a lively musical history and an authoritative reference work to... Read more >
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