Pulitzer Prize–winning critic and author Harold C. Schonberg presents vivid Bolet, Gutierrez, and Watts, The Great Pianists is a comprehensive and fascinating. The Great Pianists brings to life the brilliant, stylish, and sometimes eccentric personalities, methods, and technical peculiarities of history’s. The Great Pianists has ratings and 29 reviews. King Haddock said: Note: I read the original s a charming little book, complet.

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Maybe that is just personal bias, but I really love how Schonberg weaved together the tales of Mozart, Clementi, and the other beginning classical pianists. It’s full of interesting anecdotes which I’m sure I’ll never forget, as well as heaps of background on Another indispensable work by Schonberg.

This is one I definitely plan on rereading, and I only wish that the “present” really was modern and not referring to its publication in It’s some kind pianist historical book about the piano and the pianists. schonbeerg

Great Pianists

Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. It is an interesting read of the musical trends of these many periods. It is an interesting read of the musical trends of these many periods. Quite a charming little book, complete with Schonberg’s own particular diction. Selected pages Title Page.

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In the 18th and 19th century, all pianists had to improvise and play their own music. Really gives you some idea of how the great pianists of the past and a few of the present approached their haeold and what the pre-recording era ones probably There was a problem adding your email address.

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Their lives, their music, the piano as the purveyor of magic. From The NY Times critic, who took kept detailed comments in the piahists of pieces heard at concerts he reviewed comes a splashing history of pianists. I liked the parts it talks about liszt.

A fantastic overview of some of the most talented musicians, pianists, and composers of the post-Bach, post-harpsichord era. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. It was like reading a textbook, but Thd learned a lot! I have read it, and from time to time, reference it.

Feb 25, Barbara rated it really liked it Recommends it for: He offers scant biographical details, focusing on the personalities, idiosyncrasies, and unique touches or technique that each one brought to the piano.

See all 52 reviews. If you love classical piano music, this is the book for you Open Preview See a Problem? It wasn’t obvious for this reader.

Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. A Guide to Making Music from the Heart. From the Back Cover The Great Pianists brings to life the brilliant, stylish, and sometimes eccentric personalities, methods, and technical peculiarities of history’s greatest pianists–from Mozart to the modern-day masters.

Slow read because it is mostly history but has some interesting information. Schonberg writes in a humorous and easy-to-read manner, describing changes in piano construction, technique and interpretation over the centuries, as well as treating the reader to harolx gossip about the many pianists he discusses.

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I have read it, and from time to time, reference it. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts.

But I remember enjoying the reading for this class a great deal and wishing we read more of it. Upon finishing this books, I almost turned back to the beginning and cc again. That copy was missed placed so recently I got a new and more updated copy.

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Including profiles of Horowitz and Van Cliburn, among others, and chapters detailing the playing and careers of such modern pianists as de Larrocha, Ashkenazy, Gilels, Gould, Brendel, Bolet, Gutierrez, and Watts, The Great Pianists is a comprehensive and fascinating look at legendary performers past and present.

If nothing else, you will be impressed with his thought and work behind his ‘criticism’. I only read the first 4 chapters, but I will get it haeold from the library when I need to study up on some other composers, but it was very interesting!

English Choose a language for shopping. Whereas this title would seem exhaustive, and he does indeed give more than four chapters planists the contemporary period, Schonberg’s role here is to clarify the continuity of pianism from the date of the piano’s invention to the dawn of the ern day. How did the salon technique of piano playing compares to that of the harpichord? It’s a long book pagesbut if you are a pianist or an avid music appreciator, this is a must-read.

Read more Read less. Add both to Cart Add both to List. What is there is fantastic material, but I just want more of it! I have had a copy of this book since I was 13 years old. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals.