- Conversations with Arrau (hardcover by Knopf, 1982; paperback by Limelight Editions, 1984, revised 1992; new edition by Dover Publications, 1999; also published in French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Japanese); winner of an ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award for excellence in writing on music.
- Understanding Toscanini: How He Became an American Culture-God and Helped Create a New Audience for Old Music (hardcover by Knopf, 1987; paperback by University of Minnesota Press, 1988, by University of California Press, 1998; also published in Italian and Japanese). Named one of the most distinguished books of 1987 by the National Book Critics Circle, also by Publisher’s Weekly.
- The Ivory Trade: Music and the Business of Music at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition (hardcover by Summit Books, 1990; paperback by Northeastern University Press, 1991; also published in Japanese).
- Wagner Nights: An American History (hardcover by University of California Press, 1994; paperback by the University of California Press, 1998). Winner of the 1996 Irving Lowens Award, given by the Society for American Music.
- The Post-Classical Predicament: Essays on Music and Society (hardcover by Northeastern University Press, 1995).
- Dvorak in America: In Search of the New World (Cricket Books, 2003 – for young readers).
- Classical Music in the United States: A History of its Rise and Fall (Norton, 2005). “Magisterial” – The Economist.
- Artists in Exile: How Refugees from War and Revolution Transformed the American Performing Arts (HarperCollins, Spring 2008).
- Fin-de-Siecle: Six Portraits from America's Gilded Age (in preparation).
2. PARTS OF BOOKS, REFERENCE BOOKS:
- Jack Sullivan (ed.), Words on Music (1990)
- Barry Millington and Stewart Spencer (eds.), Wagner in Performance (1992)
- Michael Beckerman (ed.), Dvorak and His World (1993)
- Ralph Locke and Cyrilla Barr (ed.), Cultivating Music in America: Women Patrons and Activists since 1860 (1998)
- John Ardoin (ed.), The Philadelphia Orchestra: A Century of Music (1999)
- Dieter Borchmeyer (ed.), Wagner and the Jews (2000)
- The New Grove Dictionary of Opera: articles on “Theodore Thomas” and “Anton Seidl” (1992)
- The Grove Dictionary of Music: articles on “Boston” (co-author), “Anton Seidl,” “Henry Krehbiel,” etc. (forthcoming)
- The Oxford Companion to American History: articles on “Classical Music,” “Theodore Thomas,” “Leonard Bernstein,” “Theodore Thomas”
- The Encyclopedia of New York State: articles on “Classical Music,” “Leonard Bernstein,” etc. (forthcoming)
3. ARTICLES (selected list):
- For The New York Review of Books:
- “The Teachings of Leonard Bernstein” (June 10, 1993)
- For The Times Literary Supplement:
- Numerous book reviews (1997-present) and the following major essays (3,000-plus words):
- “Nothing Approaching Caricature: Wagner and the Jews” (Aug. 21, 1998)
- “The Imp of the Perverse: Mahler in New York” (Jan. 8, 1999)
- “Plain fare from the Farm House: The self-conscious restraint of Aaron Copland” (Sept. 16, 2005)
- For American Music:
- “Sermons in Tones: Sacralization as a Theme in American Classical Music” (Fall 1998) Guest editor/principal author for forthcoming issue: “Musical Boston Reconsidered”
- For The American Scholar:
- “Schubert at 200” (Summer 1997)
- “Otto Klemperer” (book review – Spring 1997)
- For The Musical Quarterly:
- “The Transformations of Vladimir Horowitz (Fall 1990)
- “Mozart as Midcult: Mass Snob Appeal“ (Spring 1992)
- “Finding a ‘Real Self’ – American Women and the Wagner Cult of the Late Nineteenth Century” (Summer 1994)
- For 19th Century Music:
- “Theodore Thomas” (book review – Spring 1991)
- For The Journal of the Gilded Age and the Progressive Era:
- “Music and the Gilded Age: Social Control and Sacralization Revisited” (October 2004)
- For The Magazine of History:
- “Dvorak and the Teaching of American History” (July 2005)
- For Wagnerspectrum:
- “Of Swimming and Dancing: A Seminal American Ring” (vol. 2, 2006)
4. NEWSPAPER REVIEWS AND ARTICLES:
- More than 750 concert reviews for The New York Times (1976-1980)
- More than 100 feature articles and “Classical View” columns for The New York Times’ Arts & Leisure Section (1976-present)
- Book reviews for The Wall Street Journal and The Los Angeles Times Book Review
5. PROGRAM BOOKS (selected list):
- For the 92nd Street Y, program notes for more than 500 concerts (1981-1992); booklets on Beethoven’s piano sonatas (19 pp.) and string quartets (15 pp.). According to Peter G. Davis in New York Magazine (1990): “Joseph Horowitz’s extensive, informative, and elegantly written program notes are unquestionably the best in town.”
- For the Schubertiade at the 92nd Street Y, program annotator; editor/principal author of 7 program books (41 to 92 pp.) (1987-1994)
- For the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra, program annotator; editor/principal author of 6 program books: “From the New World” (57 pages), “The Russian Stravinsky” (68 pages), “American Transcendentalists” (56 pages), “Orientalism” (40 pages), “The Virgil Thomson Centenary” (72 pages), “Flamenco” (36 pages)
- “Reclaiming the Past: Musical Boston a Century Ago,” editor/principal author of 28-page program book for the 1999 New England Conservatory Spring Festival
- “The Symphonic Wagner: An American Tradition,” editor/author of 28-page program book for the New Jersey Symphony Winter Festival (1999)
- “Re-Encountering Rachmaninoff,” editor/author of 38-page program book for the New Jersey Symphony Winter Festival (2000)
- “Music Since World War I: A New Topography,” editor/author of 48-page program book for the Brooklyn Philharmonic (1999)