The Art of the Piano

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(Amadeus). This is the only complete and up-to-date book profiling every major pianist (thousands) and their essential repertoire and recordings. This third edition is completely revised (second edition: 1995 Harvest Books, ISBN# 0-15-600019-9), with hundreds more entries and updated information about existing entries. The book contains a CD for the first time featuring rare performances. "For all those interested in the piano, this book will provide great insight and knowledge. It must be read by everyone who loves the instrument." Vladimir
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Overview

(Amadeus). This is the only complete and up-to-date book profiling every major pianist (thousands) and their essential repertoire and recordings. This third edition is completely revised (second edition: 1995 Harvest Books, ISBN# 0-15-600019-9), with hundreds more entries and updated information about existing entries. The book contains a CD for the first time featuring rare performances. "For all those interested in the piano, this book will provide great insight and knowledge. It must be read by everyone who loves the instrument." Vladimir Horowitz " The Art of the Piano is the best companion a piano aficionado could ask for." Baltimore Sun
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Dubal (piano literature, Juilliard Sch.) has enlarged his useful 1989 handbook by a third. While some entries remain unchanged, others have been updated or reworked. Of course, entries have been added, as has a CD of 31 historical solo piano performances. As in previous editions, the text is divided between biographies of pianists who focus on classical solo repertoire, ranging from the earliest exponents to performers active in 2003 (and excluding those known mainly as accompanists or chamber musicians, e.g., Gilbert Kalish), and a repertoire section listing composers and their piano works with annotations and suggested recordings, which is presented in two parts-key composers/pieces and others of "special quality." This division is understandable, but it requires readers to consult each grouping to see if a composer is included. Programs for recitals by some major performers, portraits by the author, and quotes from pianists, critics, and others personalize the work. The selections featured on the CD are important (e.g., Bartok playing his own pieces, Schnabel playing Beethoven), fascinating, and sometimes downright quirky, but unfortunately many are marred by surface noise. Bottom Line A few odd locutions and minor editorial lapses distract, but overall Dubal's strong opinions remain provocative. In its new guise, this important title effectively supersedes earlier editions and is quite a bargain for libraries; highly recommended.-Barry Zaslow, Miami Univ. Libs., Oxford, OH Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574670882
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 3/1/2004
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 696
  • Product dimensions: 7.04 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 1.49 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1 The pianists 1
Pt. 2 The piano literature : with lists of exceptional recordings 383
Addendum to the piano literature 643
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