From Library Journal
This volume is decidedly a labor of love. The author (an Australian musicologist) was evidently originally influenced by his first piano teacher, Winifred Burston, herself a pupil of Busoni. The work is not merely a catalog of all the piano compositions (solo, four hands, two pianos, piano and orchestra, arrangements, transcriptions, hybrid works, unpublished works) as the title might imply, but a vast descriptive, critical, and sometimes analytical essay. The splendid, many-faceted treatment was almost necessary if the author were to fulfill his aim, to "throw some light on Busoni's thought processes as a composer and performer and to interest pianists in performing Busoni." He thus treats many areas of the composer's work, such as his theory of notation, his compositional growth, etc. Essential for academic music collections. J. Richard Belanger, Susquehanna Univ. Lib., Selinsgrove, Pa.
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"An exhaustive survey of all Busoni's piano works, published and unpublished.... Each listing includes publication information and descriptive commentary, often with an analysis and musical examples. More than just listings, Sitsky addresses Busoni's position in music history, his philosophy, theory of notation, and compositional growth. Also included are a discography of Busoni's playing as well as others' performances of his music, a bibliography, and two indexes.... Sitsky's exhaustive treatment of the piano compositions is unique and will appeal to the larger and more specialized collections.... Highly recommended." -- Choice