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AM 226: Piano Studio Class (Boyd): Assignment Projects

This guide will help you locate piano-related materials, including scores and recordings; help you find piano pedagogy materials, and information about composers.

Famous Pianists

See if you can locate some biographical information about and recordings of these outstanding pianists:

Claudio Arrau


Michel Beroff

Yefim Bronfman

Alfred Cortot

Dinu Lipatti

Andras Schiff

Artur Schnabel

Wanda Landowska (harpsichord)

Annie Fischer


Garrick Ohlssen

Wilhelm Kempff

Radu Lupu

Julius Katchen

Paul Lewis

Arthur Rubinstein

Mitsuko Uchida

Abbey Simon

Alicia De Larrocha



Myra Hess

Rosalyn Tureck

Andre Watts

William Kapell


Gilbert Kalish

Ivo Pogorelich

Alexis Weissenberg

Leon Fleisher

Jorge Bolet

Emil Gilels


Clara Haskil

Walter Gieseking

Gina Bachauer

Emanuel Ax

Philippe Enremont

Martha Argerich

Andras Schiff

Richard Goode

Daniel Barenboim

Rudolph Serkin

Robert Casadeseus

Alfred Brendel

Murray Perahia



Some good books to look for ...

Here are some recommended books for you to read to enrich your knowledge and understanding of piano playing and teaching.  Butler may not have all of these books.  If you can't find them in our library, try searching for them in WorldCat and ordering them via interlibrary loan!


Chopin: Jeremy Siepmann

Shostakovich: A Life: Fay

Daniel Barenboim: A Life in Music

Artur Schnabel biography

Vallas: Claude Debussy: His Life and Works

Mozart Biography

Stuart Isacoff: A Natural History of the Piano

Hinson/Roberts: The Piano in Chamber Ensemble

Graffman: I Really Should be Practicing

Reich: Clara Schumann

Gieseking/Leimer: Piano Technique

Hofmann: Piano Playing With Piano Questions Answered

Horowitz: Arrau on Music and Performance

Brendel: Musical Thoughts and Afterthoughts

Dubal: The Art of the Piano

Neuhaus: The Art of Piano Playing

Magrath: The Pianist's Guide to Standard Teaching and Performance Literature

Bernstein: With Your Own Two Hands

Berman: Notes from the Pianist's Bench

Slencynska: Music at Your Fingertips

Loesser: Men, Women and Pianos

Beethoven Biography

Dubal: Evenings with Horowitz

Dubal: The World of the Concert Pianist

Kirby: Music for Piano: A Short History

Gillespie Five Centuries of Keyboard Music

Chopin's Letters

Beethoven: The Last Decade – Cooper

Szulc: Chopin in Paris

Uzler: The Well-Tempered Keyboard Teacher

Harrison: Rachmaninoff

Rubinstein: My Young Years

Johannes Brahms Life and Letters (Oxford)

Schonberg: The Great Pianists

Swafford: Johannes Brahms

Abby Whiteside: Indispensables of Piano Playing

A Companion to Mozart's Piano Concertos

Barry Green/Gallwey: The Inner Game of Music

Naumann: Ornamentation and Improvisation in Mozart

Larry Fine: The Piano Book (book on buying a piano)

Rubinstein/Carreno: The Art of Piano Pedaling 

Shostakovich biography

Prokofiev: Soviet Diary 1927 and Other Writings

Scriabin Biography (Bowers)

The Beethoven Companio: Arnold/Fortune

DOlge: Pianos and their Makers

Schubert Biography

Liszt Biography (the multi-volume Walker one)

Schmitz: The Piano Works of Debussy


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