By Kenneth Hamilton
Pianists will locate meals for suggestion the following on their repertoire and the traditions of its functionality. Hamilton chronicles why pianists of the previous didn't continuously start a bit with the 1st notice of the rating, nor finish with the final. He emphasizes that anxiousness over flawed notes is a comparatively fresh psychosis, and enjoying completely from reminiscence a comparatively contemporary requirement.
Audiences will come upon a brilliant account of ways greatly diversified are the recitals they attend in comparison to live shows of the earlier, and the way their very own function has decreased from noisily lively members within the live performance event to passive recipients of inventive benediction from the degree. they'll become aware of whilst cowed listeners finally stopped applauding among hobbies, and why they stopped speaking loudly in the course of them.
The book's large message publicizes that there's not anything divinely ordained approximately our personal concert-practices, programming and piano-performance kinds. Many elements of the fashionable strategy are unhistorical-some laudable, a few simply ludicrous. also they are some distance faraway from these fondly, if deceptively, remembered as constituting a Golden Age.
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After the Golden Age: Romantic Pianism and Modern Performance by Kenneth Hamilton