David Hurwitz is a classical music writer, record reviewer, and percussionist. He has written reviews for High Fidelity, Fanfare Magazine, the website Classics Today (as founder and Executive Editor), and Amazon.com. Hurwitz has written several books designed to acquaint the casual listener with classical music, including Beethoven or Bust: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Listening to Great Music. He has also written in Amadeus Press's "Unlocking the Masters" series, which includes books on specific composers, such as Exploring Haydn: A Listener's Guide to Music's Boldest Innovator. as well as other composers including Dvorák, Mozart and more; and, "Owner's Manuals" to some of their works, such as the symphonies of Mahler, Shostakovich, and Sibelius. Hurwitz resides in the neighborhood of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York. His most recent books include studies of Beethoven's Fifth and Seventh Symphonies, and the Brahms symphonies. Hurwitz wrote a three-part study of the historical use of vibrato in the string sections of orchestras, claiming that conductors who eliminate "continuous vibrato" in pre-1940 music (especially Roger Norrington) are using biased scholarship to support a personal, unmusical preference. Hurwitz has been especially critical of Norrington's Mahler recordings, calling the conductor's live version of the Ninth Symphony "stupid."