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



"The Leonard Lopate Show" (Monday, May 1, 2017)
WNYC Radio
Stuart tells the story of Van Cliburn, a young pianist from Texas, who in 1958 caused a major upset by winning the Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in Moscow at the height of the Cold War.

Stuart Isacoff interviews András Schiff about J.S. Bach's "Das Wohltemperierte Clavier" at Lincoln Center (November 2014)

"Fishko Files: Bumblebee" (Thursday, May 8, 2014)
WNYC Radio
In this edition of Fishko Files, an extreme close-up of a piece of music that everyone seems to know

Music@Menlo (July 26, 2013)
Watch Stuart's lecture/recital, "Keyboard Evolution: How Bach's Instruments Became the Modern Piano"

The Greene Space: Take a Look Back at the Landmark Cultural Year of 1913 with Sara Fishko. Fishko's guests include author/pianist Stuart Isacoff, who plays music of that year. (November 15, 2012)

NPR: All Things Considered (November 11, 2011)
The Subspecies Of Pianists, Or, What Jerry Lee Lewis And Beethoven Share
Stuart Isacoff speaks to "All Things Considered" host Robert Siegel about what he means by a "natural history."

Joseph Bloch Tribute: Stuart Isacoff, Part I (2009)

Joseph Bloch Tribute: Stuart Isacoff, Part II (2009)

Stuart Isacoff: Notes from the Piano Underground Interview, Part I (2009)

Stuart Isacoff: Notes from the Piano Underground Interview, Part II (2009)

Stuart Isacoff: Notes from the Piano Underground Interview, Part III (2009)

NPR: The Fishko Files (September 26, 2008)
Playing Five Beats To The Measure
Stuart Isacoff discusses the breadth of music written in 5/4 time signature with "The Fishko Files" host Sara Fishko.

TVO Today (October 15, 2006)
Stuart Isacoff on the History of Harmonies
Stuart Isacoff discusses the history of harmonies.

WNYC Studios (March 30, 2006)
Classical-Jazz Connections
Pianist and author Stuart Isacoff explores the connections between classical music and jazz, from Scriabin to Harold Arlen.