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The Art of the Piano: Its Performers, Literature, and Recordings
by David Dubal

From Library Journal
As a basic handbook for piano enthusiasts, this is an informative and well-researched volume. The first section offers capsule biographies of pianists through history, alphabetically arranged, that assess the stylistic or pianistic traits of each. Recordings--or, in the case of historical figures, contemporary reports on playing styles--are cited for documentation. The second section presents a critical survey of the important piano literature, solo and concerto, with a selective discography for each, based on the author's comparative listening...

Guide to the Pianist's Repertoire
by Maurice Hinson, Maurice Hinson

For a quarter century, "the Hinson" has been indispensable for performers, teachers, and students. This extensively revised edition will be a trusted guide many years to come.
Now updated and expanded, the "New Hinson" is more useful than ever (with 120 more composers than before), guiding pianists to piano solo literature, for themselves and for their students. Maurice Hinson still answers the perennial questions of performers and teachers: What is available? How difficult is it? What are its special musical features? How can I reach the publisher?

Piano Notes, by Charles Rosen

In Piano Notes, he writes for a broader audience about an old friend -- the piano itself. Drawing upon a lifetime of wisdom and the accumulated lore of many great performers of the past, Rosen shows why the instrument demands such a stark combination of mental and physical prowess. Readers will gather many little-known insights -- from how pianists vary their posture, to how splicings and microphone placements can ruin recordings, to how the history of composition was dominated by the piano for two centuries. Stories of many great musicians abound.
Notes From the Pianist's Bench, by Boris Berman

From the Inside Flap
Boris Berman, an internationally known Russian-trained concert pianist and highly respected teacher, here draws on his vast experience to explore issues of piano technique and music interpretation. Combining explanations and advice with anecdotes about his students, colleagues, and former teachers, he also provides many insights into the psychological aspects of musical performance and the teaching of music.
Chopin's Funeral, by Benita Eisler

Biographer Eisler, whose last book was on Byron, has moved to much more heavily trodden ground with this one, and it is to her credit that she manages to make the brief arc of the exiled Polish composer's life so affecting. She begins with a journalistic close-up of Chopin's funeral, which ironically was a lavish affair, though in his last months of sickness he was neglected by most of his society friends. (From Publishers Weekly)
Chopin's Letters, Editor E. L. Voynich

Nearly 300 letters reveal Chopin as both man and artist and illuminate his fascinating world—Europe of the 1830’s and 1840’s. "They abound in delightful gossip, are merry rather than malicious, are engagingly witty, and at times their humor becomes positively Rabelaisian."—Books. Preface. Index.
The Mastery of Music: Ten Pathways to True Artistry, by Barry Green

In his follow-up to The Inner Game of Music, which sought to teach musicians how to overcome mental barriers to inspired playing, bassist Green defines ten qualities that offer a "pathway to true artistry": communication, courage, discipline, fun, passion, tolerance, concentration, confidence, ego/humility and creativity.

 

The Pianist: The Extraordinary True Story of One Man's Survival in Warsaw, 1939-1945 by Wladyslaw Szpilman

Written immediately after the end of World War II, this morally complex Holocaust memoir is notable for its exact depiction of the grim details of life in Warsaw under the Nazi occupation.

The Children of Willesden Lane: Beyond the Kindertransport: A Memoir of Music, Love, and Survival, by Mona Golabek, Lee Cohen

Famed concert pianist Mona Golabek shares the inspirational true story of her mother's escape from pre-WWII Vienna to an orphange in London-243 Willesden Lane. "The music will give you strength...it will be your best friend in life."

With Your Own Two Hands, by Seymour Bernstein

A jewel of a book, January 7, 2001 - Reviewer: Claus Hetting (see more about me) from Gentofte, Copenhagen Denmark
There are two books on piano playing that should be a must read for all serious pianists.

Body & Soul, by Frank Conroy

From Kirkus Reviews
In a squalid basement apartment on New York's Third Avenue toward WW II's end, a fatherless little kid named Claude Rawlings spends his days alone ...Claude's awakening to music is splendidly, rivetingly, described, and the Horatio Alger-esque cliches and coincidences are readily forgiven as the boy tears through his beginning-level lessons, becomes the student of nearby music-store proprietor ...

The Piano Shop on the Left Bank, by Thaddeus Carhart

In this engaging memoir, an American writer living in Paris recounts his experiences in a piano shop tucked into an out-of-the way street on the rive gauche...(From Publishers Weekly)

Piano Lessons, by Noah Adams

At 52, Noah Adams became the piano man. He used to be a regular guy with a wife, two dogs and a day job as host of National Public Radio's All Things Considered. Today he's a guy with a wife, dogs, a job, a Steinway piano and a small but growing repertoire,

Temperament: The Idea That Solved Music's Greatest Riddle, by Stuart M. Isacoff

Involving mathematics, philosophy, aesthetics, religion, politics, and physics, Stuart Isacoff 's Temperament invokes the tone of a James Burke documentary. ...attempts to make this seemingly arcane topic interesting to the general reader. He distills the mathematics and music theory into their simplest essences, and draws apt analogies from the everyday.

 

The Thing I've Played with the Most: Professor Anthon E. Darling Discusses His Favourite Instrument, by David E. Walden, Mike Duncan

David Walden has done it again! Following his hilarious analysis of concert-going, 'How to StayAwake During Anybody's Second Movement,' and his daring foray of fun into serious music of the 20th century, 'How to Listen to Modern Music Without Earplugs,' comes a loving, laugh-filled paean of praise for his favorite instrument-- the piano.

 

Sviatoslav Richter: Notebooks and Conversations, by Bruno Monsaingeon,

First published in French in 1998, this is a collection of anecdotes and reflections by the Russian-born Richter (1915-97), one of the finest pianists of the 20th century.


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