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Praise for "When the World Stopped to Listen"

"A great book about a great American musician who, in the tensions of Cold War, helped move our world from war to peace."
— Sergei Khrushchev


"Exciting, thorough, and deeply moving... a most satisfying experience."
— Emanuel Ax


"...Marvelously researched and written. I couldn't put the book down."
— Yefim Bronfman


"Beautifully written, this is an insider's report of the onstage and offstage drama around the 1958 triumph of Van Cliburn and the incredible musical events that led to a Cold War 'thaw'..."
— AndrĂ© Watts


"A spellbinding, even a startling, adventure story, starring the legendary American pianist: a life of triumph and tragedy."
— David Dubal


"[Cliburn's] triumph and subsequent career can be understood only in the context of Cold War political, social, and musical tensions, a heady mix that Stuart Isacoff examines with unusual skill."
— Garrick Ohlsson

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BOOKS BY STUART ISACOFF

When the World Stopped to Listen


When the World Stopped to Listen

Van Cliburn's Cold War Triumph, and its Aftermath
New York: Alfred A. Knopf
On Sale: April 18, 2017

A Natural History of the Piano


A Natural History of the Piano

The Instrument, the Music, the Musicians—from Mozart to Modern Jazz and Everything in Between
New York: Alfred A. Knopf
2011

Temperament

Temperament
How Music Became a Battleground for the Great Minds of Western Civilization
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2001 (hardcover)
New York: Vintage, 2003 (paperback)

 

Other Publications (Partial Listing)

Steinway

Steinway
by Ronald V. Ratcliffe, revised by Stuart Isacoff
San Francisco: Chronicle Books
2002

Jazz Time

Jazz Time
London: Boosey & Hawkes
1991

20-minute chord workout

The 20 Minute Chords & Harmony Workout
New York: Ekay Music
1989

Solos for Jazz Alto Sax

Solos For Jazz Alto Sax
New York: Carl Fischer
1985

Solos for Jazz Tenor Sax

Solos For Jazz Tenor Sax
New York: Carl Fischer
1985

Jazz Solos for Trumpet

Solos For Jazz Trumpet
New York: Carl Fischer
1985

12 Jazz Preludes

Twelve Jazz Preludes For Piano
New York: Associated Music Publishers
1981

Skill Builders

Skill Builders (6 Volumes)
New York: G. Schirmer
1979

Thelonious Monk

Thelonious Monk
New York: Music Sales Corporation
1978

Charlie Parker

Charlie Parker
New York: Music Sales Corporation
1978

Mile Davis

Miles Davis
New York: Music Sales Corporation
1978

From Rags to JAzz

From Rags To Jazz
New York: Consolidated Music
1976

Gregorian Chants for Recorder

Gregorian Chants For Recorder
New York: Amsco
1975