A Natural History of the Piano

The Instrument, the Music, the Musicians — From Mozart to Modern Jazz, and Everything in Between

by Stuart Isacoff

A Natural History of the Piano

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The award-winning founder of Piano Today magazine presents a historical tribute that evaluates the roles of forefront composers and pianists while exploring the artistic development of various genres and the influence of the piano on Western musical traditions.

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The art of the piano is a study in evolution — of both an instrument and of human talent. Among us there have been a rare few whose gifts included the physical dexterity, the innate musicality and the creativity to make the instrument sound brilliant; Mozart did it first, and, more recently — as Stuart Isacoff notes in his new book, A Natural History of the Piano — so has jazz great Oscar Peterson. In this historical tribute to the piano, the founding editor of Piano Today

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