The Pianist's Dictionary, Second Edition

The Pianist's Dictionary, Second Edition

Maurice Hinson and Wesley Roberts
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 03/03/2020
Format: Hardback 6 b&w illus.
ISBN: 978-0-253-04731-1
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The Pianist's Dictionary is a handy and practical reference dictionary aimed specifically at pianists, teachers, students, and concertgoers. Prepared by Maurice Hinson and Wesley Roberts, this revised and expanded edition is a compendium of information gleaned from a combined century of piano teaching. Users will find helpful and clear definitions of musical and pianistic terms, performance directions, composers, pianists, famous piano pieces, and piano makers. The authors' succinct entries make The Pianist's Dictionary the perfect reference for compiling program and liner notes, studying scores, and learning and teaching the instrument.

Author Bio

Maurice Hinson, the most prolific writer on piano literature in the history of the instrument, taught for fifty-eight years at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky. He was founding editor of the Journal of the American Liszt Society and the recipient of the Commemorative Medal by the Hungarian government for his contribution to research on Franz Liszt. Hinson is known for his many books on piano repertoire and journal articles, and for 300+ editions of piano works. His students have served in significant positions in universities and churches throughout the world.

Wesley Roberts is Professor of Music at Campbellsville University, where he teaches courses in piano, organ, and musicology. He has also been a visiting professor at the French Piano Institute (Paris) and Shanghai Normal University (China). Roberts has presented concerts as pianist and organist throughout the United States, in Europe, and in China, as well as presentations at conferences of the Music Teachers National Association and the European Piano Teachers Association.

Hinson and Roberts are co-authors of Guide to the Pianist's Repertoire, Fourth Edition (IUP 2014) and The Piano in Chamber Ensemble, Second Edition (IUP 2006).


"Due to its practical information and succinct writing style, The Pianist's Dictionary is an essential reference book for the busy pianist and piano teacher. After the publication of the first edition, it quickly occupied a prominent place on my desk. The additions to this updated second edition bring it up-to-date and make the volume even more useful to both professionals and amateurs."

 (E. L. Lancaster, Alfred Music)

"Roberts's update and expansion of this classic resource is impressive in scope and meticulously researched.  All serious piano teachers and performers will want a copy at their fingertips."

 (Gregory Partain, Transylvania University)

"Hinson's aim is clearly to provide a practical, user-friendly reference for the student and teacher and his tone throughout is informal and familiar. . . The Pianist's Dictionary projects the voice of an engaging teacher at work in the studio."


"Wesley Roberts brings pianists an impressive and significant second edition update of Hinson's original book in what might be considered "A Dictionary of All Things Related to the Piano." This new edition is a go-to source for piano scholars and students for quick information on musical terms, pianists, major works in the piano repertoire, piano manufacturers, and more. This second edition is comprehensive, easy to use, and provides a wealth of information for the researcher, student, and teacher. It is a must for any serious pianist's library."

 (Jane Magrath, University of Oklahoma)

"Informative, insightful, and indispensable, The Pianist's Dictionary, by Maurice Hinson and Wesley Roberts, deserves a spot close at hand for pianists and teachers everywhere. Now in a new second edition, it provides quick answers when needed, along with food for thought. Well worthwhile!"

 (Peter Amstutz, West Virginia University)

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition

Preface to the First Edition

List of Abbreviations

The Entries