New to paperback: A Natural History of the Piano

First published to wide acclaim last autumn in hardback and e-book, Stuart Isacoff’s A Natural History of the Piano is now available in paperback. It’s the perfect gift for piano-lovers, whether you like to play or listen: this book is something special for music lovers and pianists alike. At the time of publication it received rave reviews from the UK’s leading classical music magazines, as well as classical music bloggers:

“A treat for all pianists and pianophiles alike, one that leaves behind a rare glow of warmth.” – BBC Music Magazine, five stars

“Vastly entertaining and wonderfully informative. Isacoff always seems to come up with that extra piece of background or a juicy anecdote. [A] comprehensive and quite brilliant book.” – Classical Music magazine, Editor’s choice

“Richly informative book [that] should inspire piano novices to investigate the world of what the author calls ‘the most important instrument ever created’.” – Gramophone magazine

“A diverting gift for piano lovers.” – Pianist magazine

“Isacoff is adept at weaving in useful, odd and amusing facts. He rarely goes at a subject straight but wanders around seducing with yet more unusual information… Illuminating and highly readable… Generously and helpfully illustrated.” – Planet Hugill blog

“The gathering together here of so much information is an achievement in itself but to place the material in such an informative and entertaining narrative will make all lovers of the piano and, indeed, lovers of music want this book.” – The Classical Reviewer blog

piano smallStuart Isacoff is a writer, pianist, composer and lecturer. He was the founding editor of Piano Today magazine, which he edited for almost thirty years.

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