Music for Piano: A Short History

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This historical survey focuses on music for piano solo but also includes important compositions for piano duet and two pianos. Scholarly yet readable, it covers the entire repertoire from the Renaissance to the late 20th century and incorporates a bibliography of 1,100 sources for further study.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 466 pages
  • Publisher: Amadeus Press (March 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0931340861
  • ISBN-13: 978-0931340864
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds

Customer Reviews

A good reference work for players and teachers.

7 people found this helpful.
 on July 12, 2010
By forwardintothepast
The short history is indeed short. It is not encyclopedic but is a concise overview of the literature. It will help make decisions about what historical, standard rep, and modern music is appropriate for any pianist or teacher to seek out, for themslves, their students and their audience.

Four Stars

 on February 7, 2017
By CCorley
Very thorough, needs to update modern/contemporary repertoire.

Great history overview

One person found this helpful.
 on October 8, 2013
By Kara Rasmussen
I got this book for a piano lit class and it has a lot of good information, It is not too overly wordy getting to the point quickly.


One person found this helpful.
 on December 31, 2013
By Amazon Customer
Even better than Gordon’s Keyboard Literature. It contains a more thorough approach to background on pieces, genres, instrument, style and output of composers.


 on February 6, 2014
By Susan K.
This is a must have text for this subject area. I found it to be very well written and useful.


 on July 20, 2013
Thank you!

Five Stars

 on January 1, 2015
By Edoardo Turbil

Terrific Text

One person found this helpful.
 on May 25, 2010
By P. Hoff
This is just the right book to use for the study of pano literature! It is well-written, comprehensive and entertaining.

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