Professor Isacoff celebrates the piano and the composers and performers who have made it their own in A Natural History of the Piano.
He describes the ongoing evolution of the piano and how its sound gives rise to emotion and individual artistry. According to the synopsis, “Isacoff illuminates the groundbreaking music of Mozart, Beethoven, and Liszt. He analyzes the breathtaking techniques of Vladimir Horowitz, Glenn Gould, Oscar Peterson, and many other pianists, and he gives musicians including Alfred Brendel and Murray Perahia the opportunity to discuss their techniques. Isacoff delineates how classical music influenced jazz as it progressed from ragtime and stride to Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Herbie Hancock, and Cecil Taylor."
With this volume, Isacoff has produced a book for music lovers, pianists and the armchair musician.
The book has attracted much interest and two lectures have already been scheduled at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on January 11 & 18 with the museum's curator of musical instruments.