The American Piano Concerto Compendium (Music Finders) (Hardcover)
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The American Piano Concerto Compendium, the new and enlarged edition, goes well beyond what is available today in this genre for professional musicians and amateurs alike in helping them to understand and appreciate the broad sweep of available compositions by American composers. In this book, 40% more works are described, documented, and reviewed than were listed in the 1985 first edition from the College Music Society. Careful consideration is given to analysis of all styles from mainstream concertos to those considered fringe, experimental, or popular derivatives. Readers will find abundant listings of recordings of many of the 1,634 concertos in the book--a valuable resource not only for pianists and conductors, but also for orchestras, teachers, students, music historians and critics, collectors, and concert attenders. The range of music flows from Pulitzer Prize winners like Samuel Barber, Gail Kubik, and John LaMontaine to lesser-known multi-ethnic composers such as Tania Le n and Samuel Zyman, to old standards like Edward MacDowell and the first piano concerto written by an American-born composer, Otis B. Boise (1875), to the cutting-edge avant-garde of Milton Babbitt and Elliott Carter, to name a few. These all contribute to the varied narrative that animates American music.
About the Author
William Phemister served as professor of piano at Wheaton College from 1972 to 2007. He has toured as a performer and teacher in over thirty countries and his writing has been published in the American Music Teacher, Keyboard Companion, and SEVEN: Anglo-American Literary Review. He continues to be an active member of the Illinois State Music Teachers Association.