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Praise for "Musical Revolutions"

"Enchanting and enlightening, an inspiring chronicle of the sounds that reflect the creativity, artistry, and ‘revolutionary spirit’ of humanity."
— George Kendall, Booklist (Starred Review)


"Isacoff’s encyclopedic knowledge of music is still very much in evidence. … An excellent choice for readers who want a quick survey of Western music’s major developments."
Kirkus Reviews


"Whether readers are dedicated musicologists or casual fans, they’ll enjoy this thought-provoking dive into the history of Western music"
— Joshua Finnell, Library Journal (starred review)


"An astonishing portrayal of how music has evolved into what it is today."
— Semyon Bychkov


"This fascinating book, rich in detail and insight, takes the reader on a journey through Western music history, guided by the explosive moments which have forged and illuminated music’s developing paths."
— Stephen Hough


"An amazing achievement: a beautiful, human, entertaining and informative testament to how vital music has been and continues to be"
— Gabriela Montero


"Musical Revolutions is an inspired idea, brilliantly carried through in prose of worldly erudition."
— David Dubal

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BOOKS BY STUART ISACOFF

Musical Revolutions


Musical Revolutions

How the Sounds of the Western World Changed
New York: Alfred A. Knopf
2022

When the World Stopped to Listen


When the World Stopped to Listen

Van Cliburn's Cold War Triumph, and its Aftermath
New York: Alfred A. Knopf
2017

A Natural History of the Piano


A Natural History of the Piano

The Instrument, the Music, the Musicians—from Mozart to Modern Jazz and Everything in Between
New York: Alfred A. Knopf
2011

Temperament

Temperament
How Music Became a Battleground for the Great Minds of Western Civilization
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2001 (hardcover)
New York: Vintage, 2003 (paperback)

 

Other Publications (Partial Listing)

Steinway

Steinway
by Ronald V. Ratcliffe, revised by Stuart Isacoff
San Francisco: Chronicle Books
2002

Jazz Time

Jazz Time
London: Boosey & Hawkes
1991

20-minute chord workout

The 20 Minute Chords & Harmony Workout
New York: Ekay Music
1989

Solos for Jazz Alto Sax

Solos For Jazz Alto Sax
New York: Carl Fischer
1985

Solos for Jazz Tenor Sax

Solos For Jazz Tenor Sax
New York: Carl Fischer
1985

Jazz Solos for Trumpet

Solos For Jazz Trumpet
New York: Carl Fischer
1985

12 Jazz Preludes

Twelve Jazz Preludes For Piano
New York: Associated Music Publishers
1981

Skill Builders

Skill Builders (6 Volumes)
New York: G. Schirmer
1979

Thelonious Monk

Thelonious Monk
New York: Music Sales Corporation
1978

Charlie Parker

Charlie Parker
New York: Music Sales Corporation
1978

Mile Davis

Miles Davis
New York: Music Sales Corporation
1978

From Rags to JAzz

From Rags To Jazz
New York: Consolidated Music
1976

Gregorian Chants for Recorder

Gregorian Chants For Recorder
New York: Amsco
1975