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A list of key readings about Symphony.
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Carse, Adam. 18th Century Symphonies (London: Augener Ltd, 1951).

Knapp, Raymond. Brahms and the Challenge of the Symphony (Stuyvesant, NY: Pendragon Press, 1997).

Layton, Robert. A Companion to the Symphony (London: Simon & Schuster, 1993).

Nieks, Frederick, "Historical Sketch of the Overture”, Sammelbände der Internationalen Musikgesellschaft, 7. Jahrg., H. 3. (1906), pp. 386-390, available on JSTOR [1]

Simpson, Robert. The Symphony: Volume One Haydn to Dvořák (Middlesex: Penguin Books, 1966).

Stedman, Preston. The Symphony (Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 1992).

Weingartner, Felix. The Symphony Writers Since Beethoven (London: W. Reeves, [1925]).

Will, Richard. The Characteristic Symphony in the Age of Haydn and Beethoven (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002).