With a wealth of lively anecdote as well as essential practical information, Genius of the Piano by acclaimed pianist Alan Kogosowski, is a book one can dip into at any point (or just read the helpfully detailed index for fun). Each of the twelve chapters is self-contained, covering a different area of music and culture, including the development of the piano, opera, virtuoso instrumentalists, the symphony orchestra, literature and painting, the philosophy of Romanticism, the history of piano pedagogy, etc. The unifying human thread is Frederic Chopin, and the practical one his Etudes.
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