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978-0-8108-4301-1 • Hardback /CD-ROM • October 2002 • $81.00 • (£62.00)
Barbara Nissman received her doctorate in music from the University of Michigan where she studied with pianist Gyorgy Sandor, himself a student of Béla Bartók. She is well known for her recordings of the music of Prokofiev and Ginastera, recently reissued by Pierian records, and is the dedicatee of Ginastera's final work, the Third Piano Sonata. Future releases include music by Liszt, Bartók and the five Piano Concertos of Prokofiev.
Ms. Nissman has performed with the leading orchestras in Europe and the United States and has worked with some of the major conductors of our time including Eugene Ormandy, Riccardo Muti, and Leonard Slatkin.
Sonata (1898, Unpublished)
Four Easy Pieces (1903)
Rhapsody Op. 1 for Solo Piano (1904); for Piano and Orchestra (1905)
Piano Quintet (1904)
Scherzo, Op. 2 for Piano and Orchestra (1904-1905)
Two Elegies, Op. 8b (1908-1909)
Additional Repertoire to Explore
A New Piano Style
Fourteen Bagatelles, Op. 6 (1908)
Ten Easy Pieces (1908)
Three Hungarian Folksongs from the Csik District (1907)
Seven Sketches, Op. 9b (1908-1910)
Additional Repertoire to Explore
Bravura, Virtuosity, and Pianism
Etudes, Op. 18 (1918)
Two Rumanian Dances, Op. 8a (1910)
Allegro Barbaro (1911)
Folk Music: The Perfect Union
Improvisations on Hungarian Peasant Songs, Op. 20 (1920)
Other Solo Compositions Using Folk Material
Form and the Sonata
Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion (1937)
Concerto for Two Pianos, Percussion, and Orchestra (1940)
The Evolutionary: Out of Doors (1926)
"With Drums and Pipes"
Back to the Suite
Suite Op. 14 (1916)
Dance Suite (1925)
Petite Suite (1936, revised 1943)
Suite for Two Pianos Op. 4b (1941)
Ten Plus Nine Plus Two Plus...
Three Burlesques, Op. 8c (1908-1911)
Four Dirges, Op. 9a (1909-1910)
Three Rondos on Folk Tunes (1916-1927)
Nine Little Piano Pieces (1926)
Two Pictures (Deux Images), Op. 10 (1910-1911)
The Composer as Teacher
For Children (1908-1909, revised 1944-1945)
First Term at the Piano (1913, published 1929)
The Three Piano Concertos and the Piano Chamber Repertory
Piano Concerto No. 1 (1926)
Piano Concerto No. 2 (1936)
Piano Concerto No. 3 (1945)
The Piano/Chamber Repertoire
Clarity and Rubato: Bartok as Pianist
Discography of Bartok Piano Recordings
Completed Piano Works
Other Major Works in Chronological Relation to Piano Repertory
CD Track List
Index of Bartok's Works
About the Author
Richly detailed...welcome features include a CD on which the author gives some spruce performances of 80 minutes of the music she discusses so eloquently.
— Musical Opinion
Barbara Nissman's thorough and perceptive survey of the Bartok piano repertoire fills a real need, thanks to her unswerving focus on the problems and elements that confront all serious interpreters of this music.
— Donald Manildi, Curator, International Piano Archives, University of Maryland
Barbara Nissman's extraordinary pianistic and musical gifts coupled with her astute analytical perception of Bartók's creative art makes for ideal authoritative equipment for the guidance of pianists in the study of Bartók's great music.
— Rosalyn Tureck, pianist
I highly recommend this book. It is an important addition to the Bartók literature, and pianists will find it indispensable.
— David Dubal, author of The Art of the Piano
Whether you are a pianist who performs and teaches Béla Bartok's music or simply a lover of piano music, you will find this book a valuable new resource. What makes this book such a treasure-trove are Nissman's insights into the music from a performer's point of view. This book would be an outstanding acquisition for music libraries and is worthy of inclusion in pianists' personal resource collections.
— American Music Teacher
Barbara Nissman's study and research translate into one of the most thorough examinations of one performer to another. This is an invaluable aid for professional, teacher, and student alike.
— Leonard Slatkin
The book teems with music examples….The accompanying CD offers admirable performances by Nissman of 16 titles….of interest to pianists at the learning and teaching levels.
— Choice Reviews
In its finest case studies this book is brilliant. Nissman's book is...a triumph. It is well produced, with lavish musical examples, and a generally high level of accuracy.
— Malcolm Gillies, deputy vice-chancellor, The Australian National University
An admirable volume...It is heartwarming to see an accomplished, virtuoso performer such as Barbara Nissman equally at home in the scholarly activity of writing a book.
— Notes: Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association
[Nissman] offers the sort of insight that can only come from repeated performances of the music...Bartók and the Piano will undoubtedly find its main readership among pianists preparing this demanding but important repertoire for performance and teachers responsible for guiding students through it, but it also has much to offer to those interested more generally in Bartók.
— Music Teacher
An excellent addition to a pianist's library.
— American Record Guide
A friendly and thought-provoking volume that should provide pleasure and enlightenment to readers ready to delve deeper into the achievement of one of the greatest humanists and musical creators of the 20th century.
— International Piano Magazine
A well-researched edition by pianist Barbara Nissman, who presents the composer's music in an engaging and informative style.
...for pianists, skilled, failed and aspiring, this is a gem of a book.
— David Thompson; Music and Vision
...offers information and sound advice to performers studying particular works.
— Classical Music
It always lends a definitive veracity to a book when it is written by an internationally acclaimed concert pianist like Barbara Nissman who's been there, done it; moreso when it shows a keen analytic mind on matters of style, form and structure of Bartok's music....[the] insights reveal the quality of this ebulliently written book and its worth for pianists and music lovers alike.
— Ian Dando; New Zealand Listener