Items in bold are reviewed below.

Bach Bibliography.

Bertrand, OTT. Liszt et la Pedagogie du Piano, Collection Psychology et Pedaogie de la Musique. (1978) E. A. P. France.

Boissier, August. A Diary of Franz Liszt as Teacher 1831-32. Translated by Elyse Mach.

Bree, Malwine. The Leschetizky Method. Dover, Mineola, NY, 1977.

Bruser, Madeline. The Art of Practicing. Bell Tower, NY, 1997.

Cannel, Ward, and Marx, Fred. How to Play the Piano Despite Years of Lessons: What Music Is, and How To Make It At Home. Crown & Bridge, NY, 1976.

Chan, Angela, Comparative Study of the Methodologies of Three Distinguished Piano Teachers of the Nineteenth Century: Beethoven, Czerny and Liszt.

Eigeldinger, Jean-Jacques. Chopin, Pianist and Teacher As Seen By His Pupils. Cambridge Univ. Press, 1986.

Elson, Margaret. Passionate Practice. Regent Press, Oakland, CA, 2002.

Fay, Amy. Music Study in Germany.

Fine, Larry. The Piano Book. Brookside Press, 4th Ed., Nov. 2000.

Fink, Seymour. Mastering Piano Technique. Amadeus Press, 1992.

Fischer, J. C. Piano Tuning. Dover, N.Y., 1975.

Five Lectures on the Acoustics of the Piano. Royal Institute of Technology Seminar, Anders Askenfelt, Ed., Stockholm, May 27, 1988. Link

Fraser, Alan. The Craft of Piano Playing. Scarecrow Press, 2003.

Gieseking, Walter, and Leimer, Karl. Piano Technique. Dover, NY,1972.

Gilmore, Don A. In Pursuit of the Self-Tuning Piano.

Howell, W. D. Professional Piano Tuning. New Era Printing Co., Conn. 1966.

Green, Barry, and Gallwey, Timothy. The Inner Game of Music. Doubleday, 1986.

Hinson, Maurice. Guide to the Pianist’s Repertoire. 3rd Edition, Indiana Univ. Press, 2000.

Hofman, Josef. Piano Playing, With Piano Questions Answered. Dover, NY, 1909.

Jaynes, E. T. The Physical Basis of Music. Link.

(Explanation of why Liszt could not teach, best description of Thumb Over method in literature.)

Jorgensen, Owen H. Tuning. Michigan St. Univ. Press, 1991.

Lhevine, Josef. Basic Principles in Piano Playing. Dover, NY, 1972.

Lister-Sink, Barbara. Freeing The Caged Bird. Video, 150 min. 1996, Wingsound, Winston-Salem, NC. Link.

Lloyd, Norman. The Golden Encyclopedia of Music. Golden Press, NY, 1968.

Mark, Thomas. What Every Pianist Needs To Know About The Body. GIA Publications, Chicago, 2003.

Mathieu, W. A. Harmonic Experience. Inner Tradition International, Rochester, VT, 1997.

Moscheles, Life of Beethoven.

Neely, Blake. How to Play from a Fake Book. Hal Leonard, Milwaukee, WI, 1999.

Olson, Steve. COUNT DOWN: The Race for Beautiful Solutions at the International Mathematical Olympiad. 2004; “Olson explains the creative thinking process of these competitors and defies the assumption that genius is born, not made, as in music.”

Prokop, Richard. Piano Power, a Breakthrough Approach to Improving your Technique. Greenacres Press, NY., 1999.

Reblitz, Arthur. Piano Servicing, Tuning, and Rebuilding. 2nd Ed., 1993.

Richman, Howard. Super Sight-Reading Secrets. Sound Feelings Publ., 1986.

Sabatella, Marc. A Whole Approach to Jazz Improvisation. ADG Productions, Lawndale, CA, 1996.

Sandor, Gyorgy. On Piano Playing. Schirmer Books, NY, 1995.

Sethares, William A. Adaptive Tunings for Musical Scales. J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 96(1), July, 1994, P. 10. Sherman, Russell, Piano Pieces, North Point Press, NY, 1997.

Suzuki, Shinichi (et al). The Suzuki Concept: An Introduction to a Successful Method for Early Music Education. Diablo Press, Berkeley, CA, 1973.

Suzuki, Shinichi (et al). How To Teach Suzuki Piano. Summy-Birchard, Miami, FL, 1993.

Taylor, Ronald. Franz Liszt, the Man and the Musician. Universe Books, NY, 1986.

Tomita, Yo. J. S. Bach: Inventions and Sinfonia. 1999. Link.

Walker, Alan. Franz Liszt, The Virtuoso Years, 1811-1847. Cornell Univ. Press, Ithaca, NY, 1983.

Weinreich, G. The Coupled Motions of Piano Strings. Scientific American, Jan., 1979, P. 118-127.

Werner, Kenney. Effortless Mastery. Jamey Aebersold Jazz, New Albany, IN, 1996, with meditation CD.

White, W. B. Piano Tuning and Allied Arts. Tuners’ Supply Co., Boston, Mass, 1948.

Whiteside, Abby. On Piano Playing. Amadeus Press, Portland, OR, 1997;

Indispensables of Piano Playing, and Mastering the Chopin Etudes and Other Essays.

Young, Robert W. Inharmonicity of Plain Wire Piano Strings. J. Acoust. Soc. Am., 24(3), 1952.

Liszt’s Teaching Bibliography:

Below is a list containing information on Liszt’s teachings; the contents are disappointing. Liszt’s father, Adam, did a terrific job of teaching Liszt but, after soaring to fame, Liszt only gave “master classes” to students who were already concert pianists, while complaining about the conservatories that could not teach. The few teachers who knew how to teach were the parents of Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, etc. That tells us something valuable. The anointed teachers: the great Masters and their students were led astray by the grandeur of “talent”, dogma, endless practice, etc., (instead of research, knowledge, documentation, empowerment, etc.) and piano pedagogy ended up in a dead end with no way out.

  1. Arthur Friedheim. Life and Liszt. Taplinger, NY, 1961.

  2. The Piano Master Classes of Franz Liszt: 1884-1886, Diary Notes of August Gollerich, Indiana Univ. Press, 1996.

  3. Living with Liszt: From the Diary of Carl Lachmund, and American Pupil of Liszt 1882-1884. Pendragon Press, Stuyvesant, NY, 1995.

  4. William Mason. Memories of a Musical Life. Century Co., NY. 1901.

  5. Bettina Walker. My Musical Experiences. R. Bently & Son, London. 1892.

  6. There is a diary by Lina Schmalhausen, the other articles already cited (by Amy Fay and August Boissier), and the books by Ronald Taylor and Alan Walker.

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