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Praise for "A Natural History of the Piano"

"In Stuart Isacoff's A Natural History of the Piano, never before have I learned and enjoyed so much about the instrument and its most distinctive practitioners — transcending so many categories of music. Whether the subject is jazz or classical music, the writing is unfailingly engaging and revealing."
— Nat Hentoff


"Supremely informative as well as fascinating and entertaining — highly recommended."
— Vladimir Ashkenazy


"Anybody who cares about the piano — past, present and future — will find this book irresistible reading. I always learn so much from Stuart Isacoff and have a good time in the process."
— Tim Page


"Stuart Isacoff's great meditation on all piano-related matters is a delight, both informative and entertaining. To borrow the author's categories, I find the writing both melodic and combustible."
— Dick Hyman

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LISTEN & WATCH


"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.