Here is a list of essential books about pianists and pianism. Some of these books contain pedagogical ideas, but they also deal with the developments of those pianists’ careers as performers and teachers. Please contact me if you have written a review on any of these books and would like to share it as a guest blog post.
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The Art of Piano Playing by Heinrich Neuhaus.
Basic Principles in Pianoforte Playing by Josef Lhevinne.
Famous Pianists and Their Technique by Reginald Gerig.
Piano Notes: The World of the Pianist by Charles Rosen.
Piano Lessons with Claudio Arrau: A Guide to His Philosophy and Techniques by Victoria von Arx.
Arrau on Music and Performance by Joseph Horowitz.
Great Contemporary Pianists Speak for Themselves by Elyse Mach.
Menahem Pressler: Artistry in Piano Teaching by William Brown.
The Pianist’s Guide to Pedaling by Joseph Banowetz.
The Art of Piano Pedaling: Two Classic Guides by Anton Rubinstein and Teresa Carreño.
Pianism by Aiko Onishi.
The Physical Basis of Piano Touch And Tone by Otto Ortmann.
Piano Playing: With Piano Questions Answered by Josef Hofmann.
György Sebök: Words from a Master by Barbara Alex.
The Pianist’s Problems by William Newman.
Piano Pieces by Russell Sherman.
Great Pianists on Piano Playing by James Francis Cooke.
Piano Mastery: The Harriette Brower Interviews by Jeffrey Johnson.
On Piano Playing: Motion, Sound, and Expression by Gyorgy Sandor.
The Leschetizky Method: A Guide to fine and Correct Piano Playing by Malwine Brée.
Great Lessons from Great Pianists by Stuart Isacoff.
Piano Technique by Walter Gieseking and Karl Leimer.
Leschetizky’s Fundamental Principles of Piano Technique by Marie Prentner.
The Craft of Piano Playing: A New Approach to Piano Technique by Alan Fraser.
Essay on the True Art of Playing Keyboard Instruments by C. P. E. Bach
The Art of Piano Playing: A Scientific Approach by George Kochevitsky.
L’Art De Toucher Le Clavecin. The Art of Playing the Harpsichord. By Francois Couperin.
The Vengerova System of Piano Playing by Robert D. Schick.
Piano Power, A Breakthrough Approach To Improving Your Technique by Richard Prokop.