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Favorite Piano Classics
Favorite Piano Classics. Ronald Herder (Editor). Dover Publications. 1998. ISBN 0486291529 (paperback).
Contains Beethoven's "Für Elise"; Chopin's "Minute" Waltz, Debusy's Clair de Lune, Mozart's Turkish Rondo, many more.

Sonatinas & Easy Sonatas for Solo Piano. Ronald Herder (Editor). Dover Publications. 1998. ISBN 0486297705 (paperback).
Contains seven sonatas by Scarlatti, three by Haydn (Hob. #35, 37 & 40; Clementi's Six Sonatas, Op. 36; Mozart s famous Sonata in C, K 545; Three sonatinas & two sonatas by Beethoven as well as works by Dussek & Kuhlau. For early & intermediate level pianists.

31 Sonatinas & Easy Sonatas for Solo Piano. Ronald Herder (Editor). Dover Publications. 1997. ISBN 0486297705 (paperback).
Contains seven sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti, three sonatas by Haydn (Hob. #35, 37, 40), Clementi's six Sonatinas, Op. 36; Mozart's famous Sonata in C, K 545, three sonatinas & two sonatas by Beethoven & works by Dussek & Kuhlau.

Rare Masterpieces of Russian Piano Music
Rare Masterpieces of Russian Piano Music. Dmitry Feofanov (Editor). Dover Publications. 1984. ISBN 0486246590 (paperback).
Contents - Balakirev: Reverie; Glazunov: Prelude & Fugue in D Minor, Op. 62; Kalinnikov: Nocturne in F-sharp Minor, Op. 17; Liadov: Prelude, Op. 11, #1; Griboyedev: Two Waltzes; Medtner: Sonata in G Minor, Op. 22; Schlözer: Étude in A-flat Major, Op. 1, #2; Taneyev; Prelude & Fugue, Op. 29; Glinka: Prayer; Hassler: Sonata-Fantasie, Op. 4; Liapunov: Transcendental Étude, Op. 11, #10. Includes new translations of footnotes, biographical information on each composer.

French Piano Music: An Anthology. Philipp Isidor (Editor). Dover Publications. 1977. ISBN 0486233812 (paperback).
Contents: Lully: Courante in E Minor, Tender Melody (air tendre); Couperin: Melancholy (la Lugubre), Sarabande, the Fickle Country-Maid (Le Bavolet flottant); Dandrieu: Impatience (L'Empressée); Rameau: The Egyptian Maiden (L'Egyptienne), Gavotte with Variations; Daquin: the Cuckoo (Le Coucou); Rondeau; Gossec: Gavotte; Alkan: Prelude in B Major, The Dying (Le Mourant); Saint-Saëns; Minuet, Romance [song] Without Words; Delibes; Passepied, #6 from "Six Dances in the Old Style"; Bizet: The Return; #6 from "Songs of the Rhine"; Chabrier: Scherzo-Valse, #10 from "Picturesque Pieces"; Massenet: Tocatta; Widor: Valse Impromptu; Fauré: Romance without Words; Fourth Barcarolle; Godard: Pan; #2 from "the Magic Lantern," Part I; d'Indy: Scherzo form the Sonata in C; Chaminade: Sea Piece (Marine) & more.

Nineteenth-Century European Piano Music - Unfamiliar Masterworks
Nineteenth-Century European Piano Music - Unfamiliar Masterworks. John (Editor) Gillespie. Dover Publications. 1977. ISBN 0486234479 (paperback).
Pieces include - Albéniz: Malagueña; Bizet: Variations Chromatiques; Chabrier: Ronde Champêtre; Smetana: Polka in E-flat Major; Arensky: Étude, Op. 25, #3; Borodin: Petite Suite; Chabrier: Impromptu; Hummel: Variations, Op. 57; Smetana, Polka in E-flat Major; Gade: Arabeske, Op. 27.

Five Centuries of Keyboard Music: An Historical Survey of Music for Harpsichord & Piano. John Gillespie. Dover Publications. 1972. ISBN 048622855X (paperback).

Fitzwilliam Virginal Book, Volume 1. W. Barclay Squire (ed. & rev.). Dover Publications. 1963. ISBN 0486210685 (paperback).
Fitzwilliam Virginal Book, Volume 2. W. Barclay Squire (ed. & rev.). Dover Publications. 1963. ISBN 0486210693 (paperback).
These two volumes contain amost three hundred works: airs, variations, fantasies, tocatas, pavanes, galliards, allemandes & courantes. This collection of compositions from the Elizabethan & Jacobean periods presents compositions by Thomas Morley, Orlando Gibbons, Giles Farnaby, Thomas Warrock, Ferdinando Richardson, Peter Phillips, Thomas Tompkins, John Bull, William Byrd & others. All pieces are in modern notation.

Elizabeth Rogers Hir Virginall Booke. Charles J. F. Cofone (Editor & calligrapher). Dover Publications. 1975. ISBN 0486231380 (paperback).
All 112 pieces from the 1656 manuscript handcopied in calligraphy in modern notation. Includes works by Richard Balls, Thomas Brewer, William Byrd, Henry Lawes & John Wilson.

Great Works for Piano Four Hands. Ronald Herder. Dover Publications. 1998. ISBN 0486401731 (paperback).
42 pieces for intermediate & advanced pianists. Included: Beethoven's Eight Variations on a Theme by Count Waldstein; The Sonata in D, Op. 6 by Beethoven; Debussy's Prelude to The Afternoon of a Faun; Rachmaninoff's Barcarolle, Op. 11; Tchaikovsky's Waltz from The Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66; & many others.

Four-Hand Piano Music by Nineteenth-Century Masters. Morey (Editor) Ritt. Dover Publications. 1980. ISBN 0486238601 (paperback).
Contents - Beethoven Song, "Ich denke dein," with six variations, WoO74; Schubert, Divertissement à la hongroise (Hungarian Divertimento), Op. 54; Mendelssohn, Andante & Variations, Op. 83a; Schumann, Bilder aus Osten (Pictures from the East): Six Impromptus, Op. 66; Two Pieces from Twelve Four-Hand Piano Pieces for Little & Big Children, Op. 85; Bizet, Jeux d'enfants (Children's Games); Dvořák, #5 A Major, from Slavonic Dances (Series I); Op. 46, #6, C-sharp Minor, from Legends, Op. 59; " Silent Woods" #5 from the suite From the Bohemian Forest, Op. 68; Debussy, Petite Suite; Fauré, Dolly, Op. 56.

Classic Piano Rags
Classic Piano Rags. Rudi Blesh. Dover Publications. 1974. ISBN 0486204693 (paperback).
Best ragtime music (1897-1922) by the greatest ragtime composers of the age: Scott Joplin, James Scott, Joseph Lamb, Tom Turpin, nine more. Definitive collection for lovers and performers of ragtime.

18 Anonymous Dances from XVIIIth Century. Josep Dolcet (Editor). Tritó Edicions. 1995. ISBN 8488955480 (paperback).
These simple baroque dances in the French style (minuets, bourrées, gavottes…) are an example of the music that was played in the salons of the small aristocracy of rural Catalonia in the XVIII century.

Ragtime Gems. David A. Jasen. Dover Publications. 1986. ISBN 0486252485 (paperback).

Ragtime Jubilee: 42 Piano Gems, 1911-21. David A. Jasen (Editor). Dover Publications. 1997. ISBN 0486299465 (paperback).

American Art Songs of the Turn of the Century
American Art Songs of the Turn of the Century. Paul Sperry (Editor). Dover Publications. 1991. ISBN 0486267490 (paperback).
Collection of 42 songs by Edward MacDowell, Charles Ives, Amy Beach, Carry Jacobs-Bond, Oley Speaks, Ethelbert Nevin, John Philip Sousa, Charles Wakefield Cadman & 14 other composers. In full piano & vocal arrangements.

French Art Songs of the Nineteenth Century (Piano & Voice). Philip (Editor) Hale. Dover Publications. 1978. ISBN 0486236803 (paperback).
Collection of 39 songs, including Berlioz, "Villanelle", Bizet, "Vieille chanson"; Delibes, "Les filles de Cadix"; Franck, "Le Mariage des roses"; Gounod, "Au printemps"; D'Indy, "Madrigal dans la style ancien"; Massenet, "Chant provençal"; Widor, "Soupir"; & songs by Chaminade, Chausson, Duparc, Saint-Saëns, Debussy, Fauré & others.

Famous Italian Opera Arias: A Dual-Language Book. Ellen H. Bleiler (Editor). Dover Publications. 1996. ISBN 0486291588 (paperback).
145 Arias from 50 operas by Verdi, Puccini, Mozart, Donizetti, Bellini, 12 other composers. Selections from Rigoletto, The Marriage of Figaro, Il Trovatore, Madama Butterfly, Tosca, La Bohème, many more. Original Italian librettos with excellent line-for-line literal English translations in facing columns.

The Norton Scores, Volume 2
The Norton Scores, Volume 1. Kristine Forney (Editor). W.W. Norton & Company. 1995. ISBN 0393966887 (paperback).
This superb anthology coordinates with The Norton Recordings and provides miniature scores for most of the works discussed in The Enjoyment of Music, Tenth Edition covering music from Gregorian Chant to Beethoven. Orchestral scores and scores for instrumental chamber pieces are highlighted, enabling students to follow along after minimal instruction. Each score is accompanied by brief analytical commentary.

The Norton Scores, Volume 2. Kristine Forney (Editor). W.W. Norton & Company. 1995. ISBN 0393966879 (paperback).
A study anthology with miniature scores covering music from Schubert to the present.

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