Here is a list of essential books that deal with piano literature. It is so difficult to keep up with the wide variety of repertoire that exists for the piano. Many teachers are familiar with method books, but this list is more about piano repertoire. Some of these books are commonly used as textbooks in piano pedagogy courses at the university level. 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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Keyboard Music Before 1700 by Alexander Silbiger.


Eighteenth-Century Keyboard Music by Robert Marshall.


Nineteenth-Century Piano Music by Larry Todd.


Twentieth-Century Piano Music by David Burge.


The Pianist’s Guide to Standard Teaching and Performance Literature by Jane Magrath


Guide to the Pianist’s Repertoire by Maurice Hinson and Wesley Roberts.


A History of Keyboard Literature: Music for the Piano and Its Forerunners by Stewart Gordon.

Music for the Piano by James Friskin and Irwin Freundlich.


Five Centuries of Keyboard Music by John Gillespie.


Guide to the Pianist’s Repertoire by Maurice Hinson and Wesley Roberts.


Nineteenth-Century Piano Music: A Handbook for Pianists by Kathleen Dale.

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