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Praise for "Musical Revolutions"

"Isacoff’s descriptions frequently help us see anew things we might take for granted."
The New Yorker

"Enchanting and enlightening, an inspiring chronicle of the sounds that reflect the creativity, artistry, and ‘revolutionary spirit’ of humanity."
— George Kendall, Booklist (Starred Review)


"Isacoff’s encyclopedic knowledge of music is still very much in evidence. … An excellent choice for readers who want a quick survey of Western music’s major developments."
Kirkus Reviews


"Whether readers are dedicated musicologists or casual fans, they’ll enjoy this thought-provoking dive into the history of Western music"
— Joshua Finnell, Library Journal (starred review)


"An astonishing portrayal of how music has evolved into what it is today."
— Semyon Bychkov


"This fascinating book, rich in detail and insight, takes the reader on a journey through Western music history, guided by the explosive moments which have forged and illuminated music’s developing paths."
— Stephen Hough


"An amazing achievement: a beautiful, human, entertaining and informative testament to how vital music has been and continues to be"
— Gabriela Montero


"Musical Revolutions is an inspired idea, brilliantly carried through in prose of worldly erudition."
— David Dubal

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BOOKS BY STUART ISACOFF

Musical Revolutions


Musical Revolutions

How the Sounds of the Western World Changed
New York: Alfred A. Knopf
2022

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
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