Notable: the gift of music

Published November 27 2013


The gift of music For music lovers on your holiday gift list, here are three lavishly illustrated volumes.

The Most Beautiful Opera Houses in the World (Abrams) by Antoine Pecqueur, photos by Guillaume de Laubier, is a sumptuous grand tour of the history, architecture and decor of 32 opera houses.

Rock and Roll Stories (Abrams) by Lynn Goldsmith is the longtime rock photographer's memoir with hundreds of her photos of a who's who of popular music, from Paula Abdul to Frank Zappa.

Smithsonian Music: The Definitive Visual History (DK), edited by Robert Ziegler, is a fascinating encyclopedia of all things musical that ranges from ancient Greek choruses to hip-hop and digital music.

Colette Bancroft, Times book editor