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New PDF release: After the Golden Age: Romantic Pianism and Modern

By Kenneth Hamilton

ISBN-10: 0195178262

ISBN-13: 9780195178265

Kenneth Hamilton's publication engagingly and lucidly dissects the oft-invoked fable of an outstanding culture, or Golden Age of Pianism. it truly 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 serious pianists from Liszt to Paderewski, and delves into the far-from-inevitable improvement of the piano recital. He entertainingly recounts how classical concert events developed from exuberant, occasionally riotous occasions into the formal, funereal trotting out of predictable items they are often this present day, how a frequently unhistorical "respect for the ranking" started to substitute pianists' improvisations and variations, and the way the scientific customized arose that an viewers may be obvious and never heard.

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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