- Nicolas Medtner: His Life and Music by Barrie Martyn (ISBN 0859679594, 1995)
The definitive biography, with commentary on all Medtner's compositions. Currently cheapest from Ashgate or Amazon; used copies are seldom cheaper.
- Nicolas Medtner (1879-1951): A Tribute to his Art and Personality edited by Richard Holt (London, 1955).
Titled Medtner: A Memorial Volume on the book's spine.
A collection of essays and photographs put together by Medtner's friends and admirers after his death on the initiative of the Mysore Foundation. Not a scholarly work; the contributions are in the nature of reminiscences, tributes and eulogies, and the editing was much influenced by Anna. Available new from Waterstones, and fairly easy to obtain used.
- Medtner and his music, A tribute to a great Russian composer by Richard Holt (London, 1948).
24 page booklet with some of the hagiographical character of the 1955 book.
- N K Metner: Vospominaniya, Staty, Materialy (N K Medtner, Reminiscences, Papers, Materials) ed. Z A Apetyan, Soviet Composer, Moscow (1981)
A Russian parallel of Holt's 1955 book, with some chapters copied and other material added, including an expanded chapter by Anna Medtner. Formerly available online from a Russian site.
- N K Metner: Pis'ma (Letters) ed. Z A Apetyan, Soviet Composer, Moscow (1973)
Includes Rachmaninoff's letters to Medtner, and Emil's letter to Pavel Ettingher.
- Der Komponist Nikolai Medtner. Ein Porträt by Natascha Konsistorum (ISBN 3-89487-500-3, Henschel, Berlin, 2004)
German translation by Christoph Flamm; also available in the original Russian. A personal account of Medtner's life and music, with selected letters and a good number of photographs. Includes two CDs with recordings of the piano quintet and a number of piano works and songs.
- Nietzsche's orphans: music, metaphysics, and the twilight of the Russian Empire by Rebecca Mitchell (Yale, 2015)
Includes a chapter on Nikolai and Emil Medtner
- N. K. Metner. Lichnost, vzgljady, stil. Ispolnenie muzyki Metnera: analiticheskie etjudy (Personality, views and style. Performance of Medtner's music: analytical studies) by Vasjutinskaja Evgenija (Kompositor, St Petersburg, 2014)
- Nikolay Metner by E B Dolinskaya (Moscow, 2013)
Biography, in Russian
- Nikolai Metner: Voprosy Biografii i Tvorchestva (Issues of biography and creativity) (Moscow, 2009)
Material from the international conference "The Metner Family and the Culture of the Silver Age"
- Einführung in die Klaviermusik von Nikolai Medtner by Alexander Alexejew and others (Kuhn, Berlin 2008)
Vol 42 of studia slavica musicologica
- Nikolaj Karlovic Medtner - der Pianist : sein kompositorisches Schaffen, seine Interpretationskunst und Pädagogik by I Zetel' (Studio, Sinzig, 2003)
Translated into German from the Russian publication (1981).
- Nicolas Medtner pianiste, compositeur 1879-1951 by Bernard
Pinsonneault (Éditions Beauchemin, Montréal 1956)
Biography by a pupil of Laliberté. Out of print and difficult to find. A scan has circulated on file sharing networks.
- The Russian Mephisto: a study of the life and work of Emilii Medtner by Magnus Ljunggren (Almqvist & Wiksell International, Stockholm, 1994).
Provides background on the musical and intellectual environment in which Nikolai grew up, and details of his personal life not found elsewhere.
- The Composer-Pianists: Hamelin and the Eight by Robert Rimm (ISBN 1574670727, 2002)
Contains a chapter on Medtner and Rachmaninoff.
- Notes of a Moscow Pianist by Dmitry Paperno (ISBN 1-57467-034-4, Amadeus Press, 1998)
A fascinating account of musical life inside the Soviet Union in the mid-20th century, with a number of references to Medtner. Paperno turned down Anna Medtner's invitation to give the Russian première of the piano concerto no.3, but made two recordings of pieces from Op 38.
- Modern Russian Composers by Leonid Sabaneev, translated by Judah A. Joffe (ISBN 0306706733, 1927; reprinted 1967 and 1975)
An important early work on Russian and Soviet music through the late 1920s. Typical of the period, it tends to emphasise Medtner's German connections.
- Contemporary Russian Composers by M. Montagu-Nathan (C. Palmer & Hayward, London, 1917; Greenwood Press, Westport, Conn., 1970)
An early survey of Russian music, including a chapter on Medtner.
- Nikolaj Metners einsätzige Sonatenformen. Konzepte von Symmetrie und Balance in den Klaviersonaten op.11 und op.22 by Wendelin Bitzan, Die Tonkunst, 2016, no.4.
- A Milestone of Symbolist Music. A Multi-Perspective Examination of Nikolai Medtner's Sonata-Ballade, Op.27 by Wendelin Bitzan, Problemy muzykalnoy nauki, 2016, no.3 (full text available).
- Virtual Object and Reminiscing Agent in Medtner's Sonata-Reminiscenza, Op.38, No.1 by Bradley Emerson, Semiotics 2015
Presented at the International Medtner Festival, London 2016.
- Medtner and the Muse
Hamish Milne's inaugural lecture to the University of London.
- Medtner's key preferences
My statistical analysis of the frequency of occurrence of keys in Medtner's output. Also available in Excel.
- Russian Piano Music in Deepest Warwickshire by Duncan Honeybourne, BMI Insight, issue 4, 2001.
Interviews with Edna Iles with details of the Medtners' stay at Wootton Wawen.
The Edna Iles Medtner Collection, containing letters, notes, photographs and other memorabilia, is kept in the British Library.
- Journal of the British Institute of Recorded Sound, April-July 1978
Contains the following articles:
- Medtner, friend and master by Edna Iles
- Medtner Recordings by Eric Hughes, Barrie Martyn and Gerald Stonehill
- Recordings of Edna Iles in the BIRS collection
- Metner and the Muse by Malcolm Boyd, The Musical Times, January 1980
Article exploring Medtner's concept of the muse as inspirer and teacher through his use of the "muse" theme in The Muse Op.29 no.1, the Sonata-Ballade Op.27 and the Piano Quintet.
- The Songs of Nicolas Medtner by Malcolm Boyd, Music and Letters, January 1965
Penetrating article on the most neglected part of Medtner's output.
- Das Leben Nikolai Medtners (1880-1951) by Alfred J. Swan, Musik des Ostens, 4 (1967), pp. 65-116
- Guide to the Daily Work of the Pianist by Nikolai Karlovitch Medtner
Translation of some of Medtner's notes by Olga Conus. See also the thesis by Bondar.
- Medtner's Piano Music. An appreciative study by Sidney Miller, The Musical Times, October 1941. Concluded in the November issue.
The following dissertations may be obtainable from University libraries. Most recent theses are downloadable. Many of the others can be purchased from ProQuest.
Telling Tales: The Use of Byron Almén's Musical Narrative Theory as a Filter for a Performance of Nikolai Medtner's Sonata-Skazka Op.25 No.1 (1910) by Jenny Lu (Monash, 2019) — pdf
Music as cosmos: a study of Nikolai Medtner's Piano sonata in G minor, op.22, through the lens of The Muse and the Fashion< by Iris Hsu (Peabody Inst., John Hopkins, 2019)
Nikolai Medtner's Fairytales, op.31, no.3 and op.35, no.3: a performance guide to two lesser known works of a neglected composer by Maria Kurchevskaya (Colorado, 2018)
Tempo and rhythmical principles al rigore and flessibile in selected works by Nikolai Medtner: a study and recording by Aleksandr Ponomarchuk (Iowa, 2018) — pdf
Documenting developing performance: rethinking Nikolai Medtner at the piano by Hanna Choi (St Andrews, 2018) — pdf
Nikolai Medtner's Forgotten Melodies, op. 38: sources, analysis, and interpretation by Haeshin Shin (Boston, 2018) — pdf
The culmination of the Russian romantic piano school as represented by early and late works of Rachmaninoff, Scriabin, and Medtner by Ekaterina Zaitseva (Maryland, 2017)
In Support of Nikolai Medtner: An Examination of Five of his Art Songs by Daniel J Liebeskind (Louisiana, 2017) — pdf
The Opus 41 Vocalises of Nikolai Medtner by Nathan Uhl (Arizona, 2017) — pdf
German Blood Russian Birth: Nationality in the Solo Piano Music of Nikolai Medtner by Michael Hamilton (Liverpool, 2017) — pdf
A Study of Nikolai Medtner Compositional Technique: Form and Narrative in Tales by Oliver Markson (City University of New York, 2017) — pdf
The Motivic Economy in Nikolai Medtner's Sonata Romantica by Nellie S. Seng-Quinn (City University of New York, 2016) — pdf
Nikolai Medtner: performing imagination in his Sonata reminiscenza, op.38 no.1 by Christopher Miranda (Indiana, 2016) — pdf
Medtner’s Sonata-ballade: interpreting its dramatic trajectory through virtual subjectivities by Bradley Emerson (University of Texas at Austin, 2016) — pdf
Nikolai Medtner's first piano concerto: A metrotectonic analysis by Aleksandra Sarest (City University of New York, 2014) — pdf
New light on Nikolay Medtner as pianist and teacher : the Edna Iles Medtner Collection (EIMC) at the British Library by Alexander Karpeyev (City University, London, 2014) — pdf
An analysis and interpretation of Sonata Triad op. 11 by Nikolai Medtner by Yi-Wen Hou (Fu Jen Catholic University, 2013). In Chinese.
Medtner's Fairy Tales: Texture and Subtlety by Hiroko Nagahata (Michigan, 2012) — pdf
Nikolai Medtner's Romantic sketches for the young, op. 54: unifying elements and expression in the four preludes and four tales by Grace Eun Hae Kim (Peabody, 2012)
Nicolai Medtner's Piano concerto no. 3, op. 60: musical style and performance strategies by Shu-Hao Hsu (Iowa, 2012) — pdf
Medtner and the ur-human by Patrick Domico (Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 2012)
A Performance guide to two Fairy Tales of Nickolai Medtner by Jonathan Paul Tauscheck (Iowa, 2012) — pdf
Medtner's "Acht Stimmungsbilder", Op. 1: a pedagogical guide with analysis by Min Yu Koh (Southern Illinois, 2011)
Nicolas Medtner, the neglected composer: comparative study of Nicolas Medtner's Piano concerto no. 2 in C minor, op. 50 and Serge Rachmaninoff's Piano concerto no. 4 in G minor, op. 40 by Ching-Wen Hsiao (Juilliard School, 2010)
The Skazki (Fairy Tales) of Nikolai Medtner: the evolution and characteristics of the genre with compositional and performance aspects of selected Fairy Tales by Ekaterina Chernaya-Oh (North Texas, 2008). May be downloadable here.
Contexts of symbolist music in Silver Age Russia, 1861--1917 by Amanda Marsrow (Southern Methodist Univ., 2008)
Three one-movement sonatas of the Russian silver age : a comparative study by David Westfall (Hartford, 2008)
Four piano recitals and an essay : "the muse and the fashion: a comparative study of Goethe settings by Medtner and Schubert" by Riana Vermaak (Ottawa, 2007)
Selected late-Romantic Russian piano music by Hung Luo (Maryland, 2007)
Nicholas Medtner's piano music with special emphasis on his Fairy tales by Sungeun Kim (Peabody Conservatory, Baltimore, 2006)
Genres of piano ensemble and its realization in the art of I. Stravinsky and N. Medtner by Olga Grines (Nizhny Novgorod State Conservatory, 2005) – in Russian
Medtner: His beliefs, influences and work by Natalya Kalendarev (Washington, 2005)
Piano sonatas by Nikolay Medtner: a performer's perspective by Hiroaki Takenouchi (RCM London, 2004)
An analysis of Medtner's Piano concerto no. 2 op. 50 in C minor by Bo Won Hong (Illinois, 2003)
Performance Practice Issues in Russian Piano Music by Gregory Michael Smith (Newcastle, Australia, 2003). Chapters 3 and 4 (downloadable) include commentary and analyses of several works by Medtner.
Thematic unity in Nicolas Medtner's works for piano : Skazki, sonatas, and piano quintet by David J Skvorak (Cincinnati, 2003).
An introduction to Nikolai Medtner and performance analysis in dialogue form of his works for two pianos: Russian Round Dance and Knight Errant by Saida Kafarova (Texas, 2003)
Nicolas Medtner composer, pianist, and teacher (translation of Medtner's notes compiled into a book, "The Daily Work of the Pianist and Composer" by Gurvich and L. Lukomsky, with an introduction by his student, P. Vasiliev) by Liudmila E Bondar (Michigan, 2003)
Lecture-recital: the piano music of Nicolas Medtner by Felix Tao Chang (Kansas, 2003)
Symmetrical features of Medtner's language: the Grozovaya sonata, opus 53, no. 2 by James L Pitts (North Texas, 1999).
Der russische Komponist Nikolaj Metner : Studien und Materialien by Christoph Flamm. Originally presented as the author's Ph.D thesis (Heidelberg, 1995). Includes letters, reviews and other documents in German, Russian, English and French, bibliography (1903-1994) and discography. Published by Kuhn (ISBN 3928864246, 1995); out of print.
The fairy tales of Nikolai Medtner by William Bloomquist (Texas, 1993).
The songs of Nikolai Medtner by Terence Kelly (Maryland, 1988). Available elsewhere in microfilm.
The fairy tales of Nikolai Medtner by Emily Alice Kelley (Virginia, 1981).
Orchestral transcriptions of selected piano compositions of Nicholas Medtner by Ronald Lamar Ackerman (Boston, 1976).
An examination of cadenzas to Beethoven's piano concerto no. 4 in G major, op. 58 with an original cadenza by Paul Rutman (Juilliard School, 1974)
The solo piano music of Nicolas Medtner by Ronald D. Surace (Cincinnati, 1973).
Some Stylistic Considerations in the Piano Sonatas of Nikolai Medtner by Cenieth Catherine Elmore (North Carolina, 1972).
Six lesser-known piano quintets of the twentieth century by James Gwynn Staples (Rochester, 1972). Now downloadable.
The Piano Sonatas of Nicolas Medtner by Charles William Keller (Ohio State, 1971).
The Piano Sonatas of Nicolai Medtner by Bobby Hughes Loftis (West Virginia, 1970).
A performer's analysis of eight piano sonatas of Nicholas Medtner by Sarah Louise Kinley (Butler University, Indianapolis, 1970).
The piano solo music in smaller forms of Nicholas Medtner by M Annette Teresa Covatta (Boston, 1965) — pdf (10Mb)
The piano sonatas of Nikolai Medtner by Lona Ruth Ginsburg (Los Angeles, 1961).
group of musicians at Steinway, 11 Jan 1925
front: Stravinsky Medtner Furtwängler F.Steinway Hoffmann
2nd row: Ibbs (impressario) Kreisler Rachmaninoff ?
3rd row: ? ? Montyo ? Ziloti
Medtner, P I Vasil'ev and N G Rayskyi
Moscow Conservatory, 8 March 1927
Medtner and Nina Koshetz, 1929
Medtner and Rachmaninoff, 1938
Medtner and Edna Iles, 1940
with Anna at London Zoo, 1948
with Anna and "Bunny" Swann, c.1930
with Lawrance Collingwood at Camberley, 1948