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By Kenneth Hamilton

ISBN-10: 0195178262

ISBN-13: 9780195178265

ISBN-10: 143561786X

ISBN-13: 9781435617865

Kenneth Hamilton's ebook engagingly and lucidly dissects the oft-invoked delusion of an excellent culture, or Golden Age of Pianism. it really is written either for gamers and for participants in their audiences through a pianist who believes that scholarship and clarity can pass hand-in-hand. Hamilton discusses in meticulous but full of life element the performance-style of significant pianists from Liszt to Paderewski, and delves into the far-from-inevitable improvement of the piano recital. He entertainingly recounts how classical live shows advanced from exuberant, occasionally riotous occasions into the formal, funereal trotting out of predictable items they are often this day, how a regularly unhistorical "respect for the rating" started to substitute pianists' improvisations and variations, and the way the medical customized arose that an viewers will be visible and never heard. Pianists will locate foodstuff for notion right here on their repertoire and the traditions of its functionality. Hamilton chronicles why pianists of the prior didn't continually commence a section with the 1st word of the rating, nor finish with the final. He emphasizes that anxiousness over fallacious notes is a comparatively fresh psychosis, and enjoying fullyyt from reminiscence a comparatively fresh requirement. Audiences will come across a shiny account of ways vastly varied are the recitals they attend in comparison to live shows of the prior, and the way their very own function has decreased from noisily energetic contributors within the live performance adventure to passive recipients of creative benediction from the degree. they're going to notice whilst cowed listeners finally stopped applauding among routine, and why they stopped conversing loudly in the course of them. The book's extensive message broadcasts that there's not anything divinely ordained approximately our personal concert-practices, programming and piano-performance kinds. Many features of the fashionable procedure are unhistorical-some laudable, a few simply ludicrous. also they are a long way faraway from these fondly, if deceptively, remembered as constituting a Golden Age.

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6—and Mark Hambourg’s 1909 disk of the opening movement had been one of the first piano best sellers of the recording era for HMV. Chopin’s A[ Polonaise, in the repertoire of many a virtuoso, got yet more celluloid exposure (this time performed woodenly on the soundtrack by Jose´ Iturbi, but, bizarrely, with the filmed hands of Ervin Nyı´regyha´zi) in the beloved if ridiculously romanticized Chopin biopic A Song to Remember (1945). Artur Rubinstein just happened to choose to play the same piece for his cameo role in Carnegie Hall (1947), and it frequently ended Horowitz’s recitals from the 1930s to the 1980s.

56 After all, if Beethoven taught Czerny, Czerny taught Liszt, Liszt taught Rosenthal, Rosenthal taught Charles Rosen, and Rosen is giving a master class on Beethoven at your university, then how distant can we really be from a valid and unbroken apostolic succession? The most recent edition (1994) of the German equivalent of the Grove Dictionary, Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart, adopted a related point of view, admittedly with slightly different emphases. Its article ‘‘Auffu¨hrungspraxis,’’ by Dieter Gutknecht, concentrates almost entirely on music from the Middle Ages to the baroque.

38 I recall once hearing a miserable recording made by a pianist (who will remain anonymous) ludicrously described as ‘‘a last living link with Liszt’’ owing to lessons taken from Liszt’s pupil Frederick Lamond. The playing did little to enhance the reputation of the glorious lineage. Here was a student of a student who thought a good pedigree was a substitute for talent. Discussions of Liszt’s playing and technique have often shared more with the world of fable than that of practical performance and can stretch credulity long past the breaking point.

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