One of the most important books on contemporary music in the twentieth century.
In this book Walter Piston again displays those qualities that distinguished his earlier books, Harmony and Counterpoint.
Essay on the True Art of Playing Keyboard Instruments is a classic of musical literature in the true sense of the word.
The art of counterpoint is the art of combining melodic lines. The essence of counterpoint, however, is something deeper than a process of manipulation. It is an ingredient of the inner vitality of music and is found in nearly all music. It is to an understanding of counterpoint as such that this book is directed.