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#1910283 06/08/12 12:29 AM
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Hey Everyone, this is a topic I am extremely interested in, but wondering what people have for their favorite resources, sort of putting together a bibliography. If anyone has printouts that help, please feel free to add as well.

I hope to go beyond the basics - Hinson, Gordon, Kirby just to name a few.


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I wonder if maybe the reason nobody replied yet is that it's not clear what you mean:

-- books on piano literature? or
-- literature on piano stuff? (which is more general)

I thought you meant the second thing, until I saw that you gave Hinson as an example. (Never heard of the other two things so I don't know what they are.)

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There's Jane Magrath's "The Pianist's Guide to Standard Teaching and Performance Literature."

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^^ Looks good whichever thing he meant ^^ smile

I'd never heard of this one before either, but from what I see about it, this seems like a great inclusion.

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Originally Posted by Opus 1 Music
Hey Everyone, this is a topic I am extremely interested in, but wondering what people have for their favorite resources, sort of putting together a bibliography. If anyone has printouts that help, please feel free to add as well.

I hope to go beyond the basics - Hinson, Gordon, Kirby just to name a few.


I can't claim to be up to date on this, but I think Hinson's collection, including chamber, is still the bible, superseding Friskin/Freundlich, for lists of repertoire. Another older annotated reference is Faurot, Concert Piano Repertoire, interesting because of its sometimes snippy, yet illuminating comments. It is far from comprehensive.

If works about interpretation and piano playing are of interest, have a look at Charles Rosen's Beethoven's Piano Sonatas: A Short Companion or Rosen's Piano Notes, a book about the experience of playing the piano. Some other references: Beethoven on Beethoven (William Newman); Joseph Haydn's Keyboard Music: Sources and Style (Peter Brown); Schnabel's Interpretation of Piano Music (Konrad Wolff); A History of Spanish Piano Music (Linton E. Powell), which includes appendices of anthologies of early Spanish music and Spanish music since WWII (up to about 1970s). Also, The Piano Works of Claude Debussy (E. Robert Schmitz) is a useful little book, though there are probably more recent ones.

On style: Howard Ferguson's Keyboard Interpretation. My copy, which lives at the side of my piano, is quite tattered. For students new to piano and wanting inspiration and a general overview, I still recommend Harold Schonberg's The Great Pianists. My library has more, but I think I may already have gone far afield of your search criteria.

Happy hunting.

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I've found it very helpful. It's intended for intermediate level students and their teachers.

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I am open to anything to add to my collection. I was looking at the Rosen book that was suggested. I didn't know how it was, but I will take a look now definitely. Feel free to recommend anything. I am looking for anything from Literature, Interpretation, Pedagogy, etc. I think it is good to see what other people are using, especially if they have done coursework at different universities to see what is out there, or just people's favorite books as there is too much to explore for just one person, and I am always curious as to the "gems" in others' libraries!


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as a follow-to the Debussy recommendation I would point you to Paul Robert's book "Images: The Piano Music of Claude Debussy" It is highly recommended as is the companion DVD focused on the 1st book of Preludes. Paul has spent much of his career researching and performing the French repertoire. He has also just published a book on Ravel "Reflections"

http://www.amazon.com/Images-Piano-...;sr=1-6&keywords=Paul+Roberts+Images

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thanks gmf001, I was actually just putting together my next program and was using the preludes 8 - 12 from that set, so I will definitely pick this up!


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Originally Posted by Opus 1 Music
I am open to anything to add to my collection. I was looking at the Rosen book that was suggested. I didn't know how it was, but I will take a look now definitely. Feel free to recommend anything. I am looking for anything from Literature, Interpretation, Pedagogy, etc. I think it is good to see what other people are using, especially if they have done coursework at different universities to see what is out there, or just people's favorite books as there is too much to explore for just one person, and I am always curious as to the "gems" in others' libraries!


Charles Rosen's The Classical Style is still considered by many to be the last word on this topic.


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