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A History of Keyboard Literature: Music for the Piano and Its Forerunners 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0534251970
ISBN-10: 0534251978
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Gordon's long career in university-level keyboard instruction qualifies him to present this comprehensive text addressed to serious students of solo piano literature, most of them presumably performers who will keep the book as a source of ideas for repertoire and information for program notes. Whole chapters are devoted to brief biographies of and descriptions of individual pieces by the great European masters, with histories of forms (sonatas, character pieces, etc.) and styles presented as they evolved. Separate chapters collectively treat minor masters and certain geographic and style groupings (e.g., Russian, Spanish, "nontonal" composers). Well made and information packed, this title supplements F.E. Kirby's Music for Piano (LJ 11/15/95). For large music collections.?Bonnie Jo Dopp, Long Branch Community Lib., Silver Spring, Md.
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Preface. 1. Stringed Keyboard Instruments. 2. Keyboard Music to the End of the Renaissance. 3. Baroque Keyboard Music in Italy, France, England, and Germany. 4. George Frideric Handel and Johann Sebastian Bach. 5.The Galant Style. 6. Franz Joseph Haydn. 7. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. 8.Ludwig van Beethoven. 9. The Turn of the Nineteenth Century. 10. Franz Peter Schubert. 11. Felix Mendelssohn. 12. Robert (Alexander) Schumann. 13. Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin. 14. Franz Liszt. 15. Johannes Brahms. 16. Other Composers of the Nineteeth Century. 17. (Achille-) Claude Debussy. 18. French Keyboard Music of the Early Twentieth Century. 19. Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin Keyboard Music in the Twentieth Century. 20. Russian Keyboard Music. 21. Other European Composers of the Twentieth Century. 22. Keyboard Music of Nontonal Composers in Europe. 23. The United States and Canada in the Twentieth Century. Bibliographical Abbreviations. Selected Anthologies and Collections. A Selected List of Complete Editions. Bibliography of Secondary Literature. Index.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 1 edition (March 6, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0534251978
  • ISBN-13: 978-0534251970
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #254,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on March 26, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Gordon's "History of Keyboard Literature" sits next to Grout/Palisca's "History of Western Music" on my shelf. As a student studying piano and a future educator, I have found the book to be a great resource. One who sits at the either the piano, organ, or harpsichord must be familiar with the vast history and repertoire written for keyboard instruments. The book is organized chronilogically. It begins with a very satisfying history of the development and construction of early keyboard instruments as well as a thourough overview of the role of the keyboard up to the end of the Renaissance. After this it takes a composer by composer approach chronilogically starting with Bach and Handel. Published in 1996, this book is very up to date and provides many names, especially twentieth century composers. Like any history book, this is not the final word on the subject of keyboard music, but it is an excellent first stop for whatever research one is up to. A must for any pianists shelf.
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This is a wonderful reference book for anyone studying the piano. It begins with a brief history on the development of keyboard instruments (for a more in-depth history of the instrument, check out Men, Women and Pianos: A Social History), and then chronologically goes through each composer and gives a brief biography and then discusses their contributions to keyboard literature.

One great thing about this book is that the author touches on features of most of the keyboard works of the masters, including every single sonata of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert. The book also contains musical excerpts to illustrate points made.

This book is a wonderful place to start if you are interested in expanding your knowledge of piano literature; through studying this book and listening to the works discussed, I have found dozens of pieces I would love to learn that I would not have otherwise known about.

Every serious pianist must have this book, along with Hinson's Guide to the Pianist's Repertoire. As a pianist and piano teacher, I highly recommend this book.
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I used this as a text book for my Piano Repertoire class. I used it all the time in that class but also as reference for classes like Music History. Well written and organized with information every piano student needs. I can see why this is the gold standard.
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By Jessica on October 23, 2015
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very informative book. My college professor is currently using this as our Piano Literature Class textbook
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Great book and good for my research paper.
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