There are many wonderful books on the market that you can read about music. Here are a few of my favorites.

Memoirs of Hector Berlioz (from 1803 - 1865)

Annotated and revised by Ernest Newman
Dover 1966

Testimony - The Memoirs of Dimitri Shostakovich

as related to and edited by Solomon Volkov
Harper and Row 1979; Limelight Editions 1995

Music in the Western World - A History in Documents

Selected and Annotated by Piero Weiss and Richard Taruskin
Schirmer Books 1984

A Guide to Orchestral Music

The Handbook for Non-Musicians
Ethan Mordden
Oxford University Press 1980

I promise you will also greatly enjoy:

The Anna Russel Album - The Ring and other Selections

(re-released on CD)
Anything by P.D.Q. Bach  (Peter Schickele)

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