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What books would you recommend in the following categories?

  • Books about music (not strictly piano music)
  • Biographies of great musicians
  • Books you think every aspiring pianist should read

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Are you asking that for your own usage or is that a general question to launch a thread (or both) ?


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Are you asking that for your own usage or is that a general question to launch a thread (or both) ?
Both. I was looking for interesting books for myself and thought maybe I'd ask here but it may be interesting in general to know what books people read and recommend.

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I think there have been several threads in the past with long lists of recommendations in each category. They may have even been archived.

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"Music, rich, full of feeling, not soulless, is like a crystal on which the sun falls and brings forth from it a whole rainbow" - F. Chopin
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"Wondrous Strange: The Life and Art of Glenn Gould," by Kevin Bazzana. An excellent biographical overview, studded with serious, deep musical analysis by somebody who knows his business.


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Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians is a gem and a classic

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Thank you so much for these recommendations!

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Brahms biography by Jan Swafford is incredible, as is Chopin’s biography by the same author.


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Originally Posted by ebonyk
Brahms biography by Jan Swafford is incredible, as is Chopin’s biography by the same author.

Hi Lisa! I found the Brahms biography by Swafford, but couldn't find a biography of Chopin by that author. Are you sure it's Swafford? There are many biographies on Amazon, but if there's a specific one you've already read and liked, I'd rather place that one on my wish list. Thank you!


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Originally Posted by ebonyk
Brahms biography by Jan Swafford is incredible, as is Chopin’s biography by the same author.

Hi Lisa! I found the Brahms biography by Swafford, but couldn't find a biography of Chopin by that author. Are you sure it's Swafford? There are many biographies on Amazon, but if there's a specific one you've already read and liked, I'd rather place that one on my wish list. Thank you!

Chopin at the Boundaries by Jeff Kallberg is a very interesting book (a set of 7 articles), more focused on the personality of Chopin and the relationship to his compositions. It is not really a bio per se, though there are many elements of his life.


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Originally Posted by ebonyk
Brahms biography by Jan Swafford is incredible, as is Chopin’s biography by the same author.

Hi Lisa! I found the Brahms biography by Swafford, but couldn't find a biography of Chopin by that author. Are you sure it's Swafford? There are many biographies on Amazon, but if there's a specific one you've already read and liked, I'd rather place that one on my wish list. Thank you!

The new (2018?) Chopin Biography is by Alan Walker.

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Although not necessarily for pianists, I think every musician can benefit by some familiarity with Slonimsky's Lexicon of Musical Invective.

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Originally Posted by piano-organist
Although not necessarily for pianists, I think every musician can benefit by some familiarity with Slonimsky's Lexicon of Musical Invective.


Here’s the preface

A supermarket tabloid of classical music criticism."―From the new foreword by Peter Schickele.

A snakeful of critical venom aimed at the composers and the classics of nineteenth- and twentieth-century music. Who wrote advanced cat music? What commonplace theme is very much like Yankee Doodle? Which composer is a scoundrel and a giftless bastard? What opera would His Satanic Majesty turn out? Whose name suggests fierce whiskers stained with vodka? And finally, what third movement begins with a dog howling at midnight, then imitates the regurgitations of the less-refined or lower-middle-class type of water-closet cistern, and ends with the cello reproducing the screech of an ungreased wheelbarrow? For the answers to these and other questions, readers need only consult the "Invecticon" at the back of this inspired book and then turn to the full passage, in all its vituperation. Among the eminent reviewers are George Bernard Shaw, Virgil Thomson, Hans von Bülow, Friedrich Nietzsche, Eduard Hanslick, Olin Downes, Deems Taylor, Paul Rosenfeld, and Oscar Wilde. Itself a classic, this collection of nasty barbs about composers and their works, culled mostly from contemporaneous newspapers and magazines, makes for hilarious reading and belongs on the shelf of everyone who loves―or hates ―classical music. With a new foreword by Peter Schickele ("P.D.Q. Bach").


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An old book passed to me from someone who used to be in my music group. It's an old book by CPE Bach on keyboard playing translated into English from German.

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A while ago found another book on keyboard playing by Terry Burrows. It's printed in 2001 with some printing errors. Not sure if there is a more recent printing.

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Originally Posted by thepianoplayer416
An old book passed to me from someone who used to be in my music group. It's an old book by CPE Bach on keyboard playing translated into English from German.

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A while ago found another book on keyboard playing by Terry Burrows. It's printed in 2001 with some printing errors. Not sure if there is a more recent printing.

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I also advise you to pay attention to the site https://edubirdie.com/examples/sociology/ where you can find a lot of useful information about sociology as a science, sociological research in the field of music.
Very good advice, thank you!

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Originally Posted by Sidokar
Chopin at the Boundaries by Jeff Kallberg is a very interesting book (a set of 7 articles), more focused on the personality of Chopin and the relationship to his compositions. It is not really a bio per se, though there are many elements of his life.

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The new (2018?) Chopin Biography is by Alan Walker.
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Thank you Sidokar and Sam for the recommendations.


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