I have published six collections of program notes, complete with backgrounds of the composers and the times in which their works were created.  These are:

Classical Music Insights:  Understanding and Enjoying Great Music (2011)
Operatic Insights:  Understanding and Enjoying Great Music for the Stage (2012)
More Classical Music Insights:  From Mozart to Muhly and More (2013)
- Classical Music Insights:  If All Else Fails, Play Mozart (2014)
Classical Music Insights: Getting to Know Ludwig (2015)
Classical Music Insights: A Star-Spangled Survey (2016)

Each is available in paperback and also e-book form on Amazon.  The direct link 
is too long to fit here readily, so here is the search page:
https://www.amazon.com/Advanced-Search-Books/b?ie=UTF8&node=241582011   
Type "Betsy Schwarm" into the Author space, and you'll go directly there.

On Barnes and Noble:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/schwarm?_requestid=69239  

Here's a link to an impartial review of the first book listed:
http://www.theusreview.com/reviews/Classical-Schwarm.html

The cover art for the first book, appearing above, was crafted for me by graphic artist 
Wayne Rigsby of Gearbox Creative; Wayne has also done the covers for my other books.

If you would like to preview a table of contents for any of the books, please drop me 
an e-mail.  You'll find an address under Contact Me.