suggested reading

Jazz piano:

Dobbins, Bill. The Contemporary Jazz Pianist: A comprehensive approach to keyboard improvisation,  especially the volumes 1 and 2. Charles Colin, New York, 1989.
Fischer, Clare. Alone Together. Just me. Advance Music, 1997.
Levine, Mark. The Jazz Piano Book .Sher Music, 2005.
Song books of american composers: Gershwin, Rodgers & Hart, Dietz & Schwartz, Harold Arlen, Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin.
Solo transcriptions and compositions of Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock (with the Miles Davis quintet), Chick Corea, McCoy Tyner, Wynton Kelly, Stride Piano (Fats Waller, Art Tatum, Willie the Lion, James P. Johnson).

Bailey, Derek. Improvisation: its nature and  Practice in Music. Da Capo Press, 1993.
Charlie Parker Omnibook. Alfred Publishing Company, 1982.
Crook, Hal. How to Improvise. Advance Music, Rottenburg, 1991.


Balliett, Whitney. Collected  works. A Journal of Jazz 1954-2001. Saint Martin´s Griffin, New York, 2002.
Berliner, Paul F. Thinking in jazz.The infinite Art of Improvisation. The University of Chicago Press, 1994.
Bley, Paul. Stopping time: Paul Bley and the Transformation of Jazz. Vehicule Press, 1999.
Davis, Francis. Bebop and Nothingness. Jazz and Pop at the End of the Century. Schirmer Books, New York, 1996.
Davis, Francis. Like young. Jazz, pop, Youth and Middle Age. Da Capo Press/ Plenum, New York, 2003.
Davis, Miles y Quincy Troupe. Miles Davis. The Autobiography. Simon and Schuster, 1989.
Dyer, Geoff:But beautiful. A book about jazz. Abacus, 2003.
Franchi, Ivo. Keith Jarrett.  Editore Riuniti ed, Roma, 2002.
Giddins, Gary. Celebrating Bird: The Triumph of Charlie Parker, 1999.
Giddins, Gary. Riding on a blue note: Jazz and American Pop. Da Capo Press, 2000.
Giddins, Gary. Visions of Jazz. The First Century. Oxford University Press. Oxford University Press, 2000.
Gioa, Ted. The History of Jazz. Oxford University Press,1998.
Gillespie, Dizzy & Al Fraser, To Be or not to... Bop.University of Minnesota Press, 2009.
Graham Mingus, Sue. Tonight at Noon: A Love Story. Da Capo Press, 2003.
Hamilton, Andy: Lee Konitz. Conversations on the improviser's art. University of Michigan Press, 2007.
Jarrett, Keith. Inner views. Conversations with Kunihiko Yamashita. Masamichi Asaishi / Rising Inc, 1990.
Liebman, Dave: What it is. Conversations with Jazz artist Dave Liebman. Scarecrow Press, 2011.
Meehan, Norman. Time Will Tell. Conversations with Paul Bley. Berkeley Hills Books, 2003.
Niklas Wilson, Peter.  Ornette Coleman.His Life and Music. Berkeley Hill Books.
Nicholson, Stuart. Is Jazz dead?.
Pepper, Art and Laurie Pepper.  Straight Life: The Story of Art Pepper,  1994.
Pettinger, Peter. Bill Evans. How my Heart Sings. Yale University Press, 2002.
Peterson, Lloyd. Music and the Creative Spirit. Innovators in Jazz, Improvisation and the Avantgarde. The Scarecrow Press Inc, Oxford, 2006.
Porter, Lewis. John Coltrane. His Life and Music. Ann Harbor. University of Michigan Press,1999.
Ratliff, Ben: The jazz ear. Conversations over music. Henry Hold & Co, New York, 2008.
Shim, Eunmi: Lennie Tristano: His life in music. University of Michigan Press, 2007.

 Music Teaching and performance:

Bruser, Madeline. The Art of Practicing: a guide to making music from the heart. Harmony/Bell Tower, 1999.
Mozart, Leopold.  A Teatrise on the Fundamental Principles of Violin Playing. Oxford Early Music Series, 1985.
Murray Schafer, Robert. The Thinking Ear: Complete Writing on Music Education. Arcana Editions, 1986.
  -The Soundscape. Destiny Books,1993.
Nachmanovitch, Stephen. Free play. Improvisation in Life and Art. Jeremy P. Tarcher/ Penguin-Putnam Publishing, 1991.
Portney Chase, Mildred. Just Being at the Piano. Creative Arts Book company, Berkeley, 1985.
Quantz, Johann Joachim. On Playing the Flute. Northeastern University Press, 2001.
Ristad, Eloise. A Soprano on her Head. Real People Press, Moab, 1982.
Whiteside, Abby. On Piano Playing. Amadeus Press, Portland, 1997.

On the piano and keyboard instruments in classical music:

Bach, Carl-Philipp Emanuel. Essay on the True Art of Playing Keyboard Instruments. W. W. Norton and Company, 1998.
Berman, Boris. Notes from the Pianist´s Bench. Yale University Press, 2002.
Chiantore, Luca. Historia de la técnica pianística. Alianza Editorial, Madrid, 2001.
Eigeldinger, Jean-Jacques. Chopin: Pianist and Teacher: As Seen by his Pupils.  Cambridge University Press, 1989.
Garniez, Nancy, What Might it Mean?. An Uncommon Glossary of Musical Concepts for the Stuck, Bored and Curious. Tonal Refraction, New York, 1999.
Hildebrant, Dieter. Pianoforte, a Social History of the Piano. George Braziller, 1988.
Hofmann, Josef. Piano Playing with Piano Questions Answered. Dover Publications, 1976.
Leimer, Karl and Walter Gieseking. Piano Technique. Dover Publications, 1972.
Loesser, Arthur. Men, Women and Pianos: A social history. Dover Publications, 1991.
Mach, Elyse. Great Contemporary Pianists Speak for Themselves. Dover Publications, 1991.
Monsaingeon, Bruno: Mademoiselle.Entretiens avec Nadia Boulanger. Ed. Van de Velde, Paris, 1991. (English translation:
Mademoiselle. Conversations with Nadia Boulanger. Northeastern University Press, 1988.
Neuhaus, Heinrich. The Art of Piano Playing. Hollowbrook Publications, 1995.
Parakilas, James. Piano Roles. A New History of the Piano. Yale University Press, 2002.
Rosen, Charles. Piano Notes.The World of the Pianist. The Free Press, New York, 2002.
Schnabel, Arthur.  My Life and Music. Dover Publications, New York, 1988.
Schenker, Heinrich. The Art of Performance. Oxford University Press, 2002.
Schonberg, Harold.  The Great Pianists. Simon and Schuster, New York, 1987.
Schonberg, Harold. Horowitz. His Life and Music. Simon and Schuster, New York, 1992.
Speerstra, Joel. Bach and the Pedal Clavichord. An Organist´s Guide. University of Rochester Press, Rochester, 2004.
Tomes, Susan: A musician's alphabet. Faber and Faber, London, 2006.
-Beyond the notes.The Boydell Press, Woodbridge, 2004.


Delamont, Gordon.  Modern  Counterpoint Technique. Kendor Music, 1969.
Jeppesen, Knud. The Style of Palestrina and the Dissonance. Dover Publications, New York, 2005.
Jeppesen, Knud. Counterpoint. The Polyphonic Vocal Style  of the Sixteenth Century. Dover Publications, New York, 1992.
Mann, Alfred. The Study of the Counterpoint from Johann Joseph Fux´s Gradus ad Parnassum. Norton and Company, 1971.
Salzer, Felix and Carl Schachter. Counterpoint in Composition. Columbia University Press, New York, 1969.

Music and Ear Training:

Hindemith, Paul. Elementary training for musicians. European American Music Corp. , 1946.
Kühn ,Clemens. La formación musical del oído. Span Press Universitaria, 1998.

 Harmony, Twentieth-Century Music :

Delamont, Gordon. Modern Harmony Technique. Vols 1 and 2. Kendor Music, Delevan, 1965.
Karolyi, Otto. Introducing Modern Music. Penguin USA, 1996.
Kostka, Stefan--Payne, Dorothy: Tonal harmony. McGraw Hill Humanities USA, 2003.
Lebrecht, Norman. The Complete Companion to 20th.-Century Music. Simon and Schuster, Simon and Schuster Limited, London, 2000.
Nettles, Barry y Richard Graf. Chord Scales and Jazz Harmony. Advance Music, 1997.
Persichetti, Vincent. Twentieth-Century Harmony: Creative Aspects and Practice. W.W. Norton and Company, 1961.
Ulehla, Ludmila. Contemporary Harmony: Romanticism Through the Twelve-tone Row, Advance Music, 1994.

 Western Music:

Copland, Aaron. What to Listen for in  Music . Signet Classics, 2002.
Karolyi, Otto. Introducing Music. Penguin Music, 1965.
Ross, Alex: The rest is noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century. Picador, 2008.
Ross, Alex: Listen to this. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, 2010.
Schonberg, Harold C. The Lives of the Great Composers. W.W Norton and Company, Inc, 1997.


Bodei, Remo. La forma de lo bello. Visor Libros, Madrid, 1998.
Brendel, Alfred. Alfred Brendel on Music: Collected Essays. Chicago Review Press, 2000.
Dalhaus, Carl. Estética musical. Edition Reichenberger, Berlín, 1996.
Donà, Massimo. Filosofia della musica. Tascabili Bompiani, Milano, 2006.
Hanslick, Eduard. On the Musically Beautiful: A Contribution towards the Revision of the Aesthetics of Music. Hackett Publishing Company, 1986.
Rosen, Charles. Critical Entertainments. Music Old and New. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, 2001.
Schneider, Michel. Glenn Gould, piano solo. Aria et trente variations. Gallimard, 1988.
 -Musiques de nuit. Odile Jacob, 2001.
Stravinsky, Igor.  Poetics of Music in the form of Six Lessons. Harvard University Press, 1993.
Stravinsky, Igor and Robert Craft.  Memories and Commentaries. Faber and Faber, 2002.
Toch ,Ernst. The Shaping Forces in Music. Criterion, 1958. 

 Arranging, Composition:

Delamont, Gordon. Modern Melodic Technique. Kendor Music , Delevan,  1976.
Delamont, Gordon. Modern Contrapuntal Technique.  Kendor Music, Delevan, 1969.
Dobbins, Bill. Jazz arranging and composing: A linear approach, Advance Music, 1986.
Goldstein ,Gil. Jazz Composer´s Companion. Advance Music, Rottenburg, 1993.
Sebesky, Don. The Contemporary Arranger. Alfred Publishing Company, 1975.

 Essays :

Craft, Robert: Memories and commentairies. Faber and Faber, 2003.
Friedman, B.H. Give my regards to Eight Street. Collected Writings of Morton Feldman. Exact Change, Cambridge, 2000
Quignard, Pascal. La haine de la musique. Gallimard, 1997.
Richter, Sviatoslav. Notebooks and Conversations. Faber and Faber, London, 2005.


 Music cognition:

Jourdain, Robert: Music,the brain and ecstasy. Harper Perennial, 1989.
Meyer, Leonard B. Emotion and Meaning in Music. University of Chicago Press, 1961.
Sacks, Oliver: Musicophilia. Tales of music and the brain. Knopf, 2007.
Sloboda, John. The Musical Mind, the Cognitive Psychology of Music. Clarendon Press, Oxford, 2004.
Storr, Anthony. Music and the Mind. Ballantine Books, Barcelona, 1993.


Slonimsky, Nicolas. Baker´s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians. Schirmer Books, 1997.
 -Lexicon of Musical Invective. Critical Assaults on Composers since Beethoven´s Time. W. W. Norton & Company, New York, 2000.
 -Perfect Pitch. A Life Story. Oxford University Press, New York, 1988.
 -The Listener´s Companion. The Great Composers and their Works. Schirmer Trade Books, New York, 2000.
 -Thesaurus of Scales and Melodic Paterns. Amsco Publications, New York, 1987.
The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicans. Oxford University Press, 2001.
The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. Oxford University Press, 2003.