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The composer-pianists : Hamelin and the Eight

Author: Robert Rimm
Publisher: Portland, Or. : Amadeus Press, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The recordings made by Marc-Andre Hamelin in recent years have cast new light on an extraordinary group of composers - Alkan, Busoni, Feinberg, Godowsky, Medtner, Rachmaninov, Scriabin, and Sorabji - whose works heralded a Golden Age of virtuosic writing for the piano." "The Eight, as author Robert Rimm has termed these composer-pianists, have much in common, traits shared in our own age with Marc-Andre Hamelin,
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Rimm, Robert.
Composer-pianists.
Portland, Or. : Amadeus Press, 2002
(OCoLC)654782286
Named Person: Marc-André Hamelin; Charles-Valentin Alkan; Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji; Ferruccio Busoni; Leopold Godowsky; S Feĭnberg; Aleksandr Nikolayevich Scriabin; Nikolay Karlovich Medtner; Sergei Rachmaninoff; Marc-André Hamelin; Charles-Valentin Alkan; Ferruccio Busoni; S Feĭnberg; Leopold Godowsky; Marc-André Hamelin; Nikolay Karlovich Medtner; Sergei Rachmaninoff; Aleksandr Nikolayevich Scriabin; Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji; A Goria
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Rimm
ISBN: 1574670727 9781574670721
OCLC Number: 47718014
Notes: "Composer-pianists ... collectively referred to Alkan, Sorabji, Busoni, Godowsky, Feinberg, Scriabin, Medtner, and Rachmaninov as The Eight"--Preface.
Description: 340 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Alkan and Sorabji: hermetic genius --
Busoni and Godowsky: revered and reviled --
Feinberg and Scriabin: humanity and mysticism --
Medtner and Rachmaninov: romantic compatriots --
From Alkan to Hamelin --
The pitfalls of music criticism --
The liability of virtuosity --
The erotic muse --
The art of transcription --
Toward the future: the piano, the composer-pianist, and the eight.
Responsibility: by Robert Rimm ; foreword by Stephen Hough.

Abstract:

"The recordings made by Marc-Andre Hamelin in recent years have cast new light on an extraordinary group of composers - Alkan, Busoni, Feinberg, Godowsky, Medtner, Rachmaninov, Scriabin, and Sorabji - whose works heralded a Golden Age of virtuosic writing for the piano." "The Eight, as author Robert Rimm has termed these composer-pianists, have much in common, traits shared in our own age with Marc-Andre Hamelin, their foremost interpreter. For all their evident differences of age, nationality, and philosophy, they each created music of unprecedented ingenuity - often complex and of immense scale - that stretched the limits of the piano's capabilities. And all were genuine virtuosos with the technical resources to play these demanding works in public."

"The volume includes rare photographs and concludes with an extensive bibliography, listings of the complete solo piano works of The Eight, and discographies of their solo piano recordings. In exploring the art of those who knew their instrument both as composers and as pianists, this book serves, in the words of pianist Stephen Hough, "both as a fascinating, exhaustive study of the riches of the past and as a stimulating inspiration for the future.""--Jacket.

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