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Stuart Isacoff

STUART ISACOFF is a pianist, writer, and the founder of Piano Today magazine, which he edited for nearly three decades. A winner of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for excellence in writing about music, he is a regular contributor to The Wall Street Journal and many other publications. He is also the author of The Natural History of the Piano and Temperament: How Music Became a Battleground for the Great Minds of Western Civilization. He lives in Closter, New Jersey.


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A Natural History of the Piano
Written by Stuart Isacoff
Vintage | Trade Paperback | November 2012
$17.95/21.50(Canada) | 978-0-307-27933-0 (0-307-27933-2)

A fascinating celebration of the piano, including tales of its masters from Mozart and Beethoven to Oscar Peterson and Jerry Lee Lewis, told with the expertise of composer and author of Temperament, Stuart Isacoff.
 
This history takes us back to the piano's humble genesis as a simple keyboard, and shows how...

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Temperament
Written by Stuart Isacoff
Vintage | Trade Paperback | February 2003
$16.00/19.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-70330-0 (0-375-70330-6)

Few music lovers realize that the arrangement of notes on today’s pianos was once regarded as a crime against God and nature, or that such legendary thinkers as Pythagoras, Plato, da Vinci, Galileo, Kepler, Descartes, Newton and Rousseau played a role in the controversy. Indeed, from the time of the Ancient... Read more






When the World Stopped to Listen
Written by Stuart Isacoff
Knopf | Hardcover | April 18, 2017
$26.95/35.95(Canada) | 978-0-385-35218-5 (0-385-35218-2)

From the acclaimed author of The Natural History of the Piano, the captivating story of the 1958 international piano competition in Moscow, where, at the height of Cold War tensions, an American musician showed the potential of art to change the world.

April of 1958--the Iron Curtain was at its heaviest... Read more





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