A Pianist's Dictionary is an exploration of the world of the classical pianist and piano professor. The author deconstructs the many familiar words that help describe these worlds as well as their practitioners. Based upon a lifetime of experience as an active concert artist and college professor, this book will resonate with both past and current students of the piano and with music lovers with even a passing interest in these worlds. Written in an accessible style, A Pianist's Dictionary covers the piano world from accompanist to tone and voicing, and helps the reader understand the mysteries of practicing and the challenges of how to find a suitable piano teacher. Filled with amusing anecdotes and observations, this book is a welcome addition to the literature about pianos and pianists.
Alan Hersh is a pianist that has performed in solo and chamber music concerts throughout the United States. A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music and Indiana University, he has served on the faculties of Central Connecticut and Slippery Rock State Universities, and Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois. He is currently a professor of music at the University of Kentucky.