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Natural History of the Piano The Instrument, the Music, the Musicians - From Mozart to Modern Jazz and Everything in Between

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ISBN-10: 0307266370

ISBN-13: 9780307266378

Edition: 2011

Authors: Stuart Isacoff

List price: $34.00
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In this splendidly engrossing and vividly descriptive book, Stuart Isacoff-performer,critic, teacher-celebrates the piano, and the composers and performers who have made it their own. Here is the instruent in all its complexity and beauty-one of the great accomplishments of the Western musical tradition. Isacoff describes the ongoing evolution of the piano and how its sound gives rise to emotion and individual artistry. He illuminates the groundbreaking music of Mozart, Beethoven, and Liszt. He analyzes the breathtaking techniques of Vladimir Horowitz, Glenn Gould, Oscar Peterson, and many other pianists, and he gives musicians including Alfred Brendel and Murray Perahia the opportunity to discuss their techniques. Isacoff delineates how classical music influenced jazz as it progressed from ragtime and stride to Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Herbie Hancock, and Cecil Taylor. With this wide-ranging, beautifully illustrated volume, Isacoff has given us a must-have for music lovers, pianists, and the armchair musician.
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Book details

List price: $34.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/15/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 384
Size: 7.25" wide x 10.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.782
Language: English

List of Illustrations
A Gathering of Traditions
The Piano Is Born
The First Piano Superstar
Piano Fever
Performers on the Boad
The Four Sounds
The Combustibles
The New Testament
Still Setting Blades
The Alchemists
Chemistry
Shock and Awe
The Rhythmitizers
The American Adventure Begins
All That Jazz
Rock Solid or Teetering on the Brink
The Melodists
Straight from the Heart
Breeiy and Unflappable
The Cultivated and the Vernacular
The Russians Are Coming
The Germans and Their Close Relations
Keys to the World
On the Cutting Edge
Everything Old Is New Again
Appendix: Supplementary Notes
Contributor Biographies
Acknowledgments
Notes on Sources
Index