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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 864 pages
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press (May 1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0253327008
  • ISBN-13: 978-0253327000
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 5.8 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,966,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'The Hinson' has been indispensable for performers, teachers, and students. Now updated and expanded, it's better than ever... Extensively revised, this new edition is destined to become a trusted guide for years to come." —Goodreads

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In an alphabetical listing of some 1,800 composers, Maurice Hinson provides essential information about individual piano works. For each entry he gives the date of composition or publication, the publisher(s), level of difficulty, and length of the piece, and describes any special musical features.
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I eagerly await your updated version of this fine book.
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Maurice Hinson once again comes to the rescue for people like myself and others!
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Maurice Hinson makes a great effort to list a great variety of music.
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61 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Franklin Howell on July 3, 2004
Format: Hardcover
"Essential," "Indispensable," "Invaluable," "Crucial." Those are a few of the labels often applied to this remarkable book. Currently in its third edition, Maurice Hinson's "Guide to the Pianist's Repertoire" is still the most sought-after reference for essentially all solo piano music of significance. Outside professional private instruction and a reliable piano technician, every serious piano student needs three tools on hand: a piano, piano music, and this guide. Hinson's reputation as both an effective and productive musicologist is firmly established in this work.
The book is structured into two primary sections. The main section, Part 1, is alphabetically categorized by composer. Each referenced work includes a list of available publications, their editors, and the composition's date if known. Hinson includes a brief yet vivid description of the style or character of a given piece and, in most cases, a comment or two on some of the technical requirements one can expect for preparatory purposes. The guide is also a reliable reference to books for further study of a given work. Both logic and common sense went into organizing the massive collection of data. The guide also proves sensibly formatted for sections of large volume by a single composer, such as the collections of Bach or Chopin, for example.
Part 2 is an impressive reference to published anthologies, subdivided into four categories. The first category, "General," lists publications of character pieces, impressionistic works, and any number of "Heinz 57" types. There is a "General: Contemporary" section for twentieth century collections.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By a reader on May 10, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Hinson's book is the best (and possibly the only) comprehensive list of all piano music out there today. Organized by composer, the Guide offers brief descriptions of all piano music by that composer, who publishes it, and how difficult it is to play.
I would be lost without this reference book. It's given me scores of ideas for new repertoire over the years and has saved me from wasting time on others. It's also sent me on many exciting library music stack searches, trying to locate out-of-print music.
Thank you, Mr. Hinson. I eagerly await your updated version of this fine book.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Alan Beggerow VINE VOICE on January 3, 2004
Format: Hardcover
For the serious lover of piano music, this book is invaluable. For the piano student and teacher, it is indispensable. The finest book of its kind ever published, I refer to it constantly for information about availability of piano pieces and for the rating of difficulty used for piano pieces.
Highly recommended!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By L. Cerezo on August 3, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I bought the book for a student and I think it is one of the first books a pianist should buy...the piano repertoire is huge but we are always listening to the same programs.

Maurice Hinson makes a great effort to list a great variety of music. Thank you Maurice.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Raymond Vacchino on November 17, 2007
Format: Hardcover
As a pianist, teacher, adjudicator and examiner I ocassionally find myself frustrated by the fact that I can't remember off hand the name, key, opus number or a particular fact about a work when I absolutely need too!
Maurice Hinson once again comes to the rescue for people like myself and others! The Guide is wonderfully laid out and provides pertinent facts about nearly 2,000 solo piano compositions by well known and the lesser-known composers. The information is specific and to the point, without all the non-essential material which is exactly what I need when grasping for information in the middle of a competition or when asked a question in a workshop about an obscure work or composer!
All bases are covered in this edition. For students, new, and even seasoned teachers, Hinson provides precise, formidable insight on a composer's complete compositions, as well as pianistic, interpretative, stylistic and characteristic approaches.
Overall, "The Guide to the Pianist's Repertoire", is virtually a "Pianist's Bible."

Author: Raymond Vacchino M.Mus. A.Mus. L.R.S.M. Licentiate (honorary)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By pianomac on December 13, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The Third Edition of "Hinson" (Guide to the Pianist's Repertoire) has perhaps 120 new entries, but is otherwise unchanged. I looked for the entry for Leo Ornstein as an example, and indeed his date of death was not included. (He was born, probably, in 1892). I assume that, similarly, there was little revision done on previous entries.

Hinson's opinions are usually authoritative, if occasionally annoying. For pianists interested in expanding their repertory, this is an essential resource. One problem is that the coverage is focussed on available published editions. Today a huge range of formerly out-of-print piano music is available for free download from [...] This site did not exist when previous editions came out. Publishers, and Amazon, may not approve, but a guide intended to be comprehensive should cover this resource.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Flemming on June 20, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Maurice Hinson's earlier revision of GUIDE TO THE PIANIST'S REPERTOIRE was of great assistance to me in my own college piano study, and its accuracy in listing historical content makes this text a most valuable tool for piano students who are ready for a more global vision of our history's piano composers and repertoire. Although brief, Mr. Hinson's sketch biography of each composer well captures his/her musical style, and his scholarly-detailed information allows the reader very succinct information regarding the listed repertoire and level of difficulty. In his current 3rd revision, Mr. Hinson also includes national, international and women composers! This GUIDE will continue to be one of my most valuable reference tools in shaping the young pianist's understanding of quality piano literature.
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