Piano Books (Fiction, Non-Fiction & Academic)

Below is a small selection of recommended piano-related books, most of which are still widely available. Some are new titles, others have been around for a while. In some instances, a more detailed account can be found in the main body of this site.

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NON-FICTION

Chopin’s Piano — A Journey Through Romanticism by Paul Kildea

In November 1838 Frédéric Chopin left Paris and sailed to Majorca for the winter. Chopin was ill and travelled south hoping for a more favourable climate. During his stay, he completed one of his finest works and did so using a small unrefined pianino built by a local craftsman. This book tells the story of that piano… (view article)

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Chopin’s Piano


The Piano Shop on the Left Bank by T E Carhart


This is a love story to the piano — a memoir, that traces the author’s friendship with a Parisian piano restorer, and in the process dissects both the piano industry and the workings of the instrument itself.

“…a charming companion: a cool, autumnal breeze of a book.” — The Guardian

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Requiem for Pianos – The ArtBook by Romain Thiery

Thiery, a classical photographer and pianist, has spent the past decade travelling around Europe capturing stunning images of pianos left to decay in all manner of derelict properties. He has now published these remarkable photographs, with explanatory text, in a sumptuous new hardback book… (view article)

Go to Romain Thiery’s website for more information or to buy: Requiem for Pianos – The ArtBook


The Best of Acoustic & Digital Piano Buyer

This publication contains a series of articles on buying and looking after an acoustic or digital instrument. If you actively play the piano, it is the most useful book you can own… (view article)

Go to Brookside Press for more information or to buy: The Best of Acoustic & Digital Piano Buyer


The Pierce Piano Atlas

This unique reference work is often referred to as the “Bible of the Piano Business”, and is not only an essential source of information for anyone in the piano industry but also a simply fascinating read.

If you have an instrument’s serial number and brand name, the chances are you can use the atlas to discover the production date, the location of the factory, and other pertinent information including, in some cases, a history of the manufacturer… (view article)

Go to the publisher’s website for more information or to buy: The Pierce Piano Atlas

Pierce Piano Atlas


FICTION

The Weight of a Piano by Chris Cander

In 1962, in the Soviet Union, an eight-year-old Katya is bequeathed what will become the love of her life — a Blüthner upright piano. In 2012 a 26-year-old Clara chooses to sell that same piano when she breaks her hand. This charming and addictive book tells the touching story of the two women and the piano that ties their lives together.

“This beautiful tale . . . is impossible to put down and impossible to forget.” — Library Journal

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ACADEMIC

Bartolomeo Cristofori and the Invention of the Piano by Stewart Pollens

Here we have the first comprehensive study of this exceptional instrument maker. Pollens examines, in unprecedented technical detail, Cristofori’s working life from his arrival in Florence in 1688 to his death in 1732.

Cristofori is generally considered to be the inventor of the piano, but surprisingly the author tends to dispute this. He does, however, recognise that Cristofori’s many ideas and designs were fundamental to the evolution of the modern instrument… (view article)

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