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The great pianists

Author: Harold C Schonberg
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, ©1987.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : Rev. and updatedView all editions and formats
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From Mozart's fabulous legato that "flowed like oil" to Beethoven's oceanlike surge to Chopin's earsplitting dissonances, from Clara Schumann's touch "sharp as a pencil sketch" to Rubinstein's volcanic and sensual playing to Rachmaninoff's exquisitely shaped phrases, The Great Pianists brings to life the brilliant, stylish, and sometimes eccentric personalilties, methods, and technical peculiarities of history's
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biographies
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Schonberg, Harold C.
Great pianists.
New York : Simon & Schuster, ©1987
(OCoLC)654318352
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Harold C Schonberg
ISBN: 0671638378 9780671638375 0671642006 9780671642006
OCLC Number: 15196909
Notes: "A Fireside book."
Includes index.
Description: 525 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
Contents: In the beginning --
It should flow like oil --
Thirds, sixths, and octaves --
In profile and on the road --
String-snapper, hands on high --
In the interim --
From Ireland to Bohemia --
Romanticism and its rules --
Tubercular, romantic, poetic --
Thunder, lightning, Mesmerism, sex --
Old Arpeggio, other salonists, and the American penetration --
More salonists, and the Revolutionary in octaves --
Two sensitive ones --
The first American --
The virtuous --
Tyrant and intellectual --
The children of the Abbé --
Thunder from the East --
French neatness, precision, elegance --
The Lisztianers and Leschetizkianers take over --
An archangel come down to earth --
The Little Giant, and other Liszt-made giants --
Some of the Leschetizky group --
The Chopinzee, the Buddha, and others --
The ladies --
Composers at the keyboard --
Dr. Faust at the keyboard --
Perfection plus --
The Puritan --
Some headliners of the day --
New philosophies, new styles --
The man who invented Beethoven --
Romanticism still burns --
Twentieth-century schools --
After the thaw --
Bach à la mode --
Two cult figures --
Made in America.
Responsibility: Harold C. Schonberg.

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From Mozart's fabulous legato that "flowed like oil" to Beethoven's oceanlike surge to Chopin's earsplitting dissonances, from Clara Schumann's touch "sharp as a pencil sketch" to Rubinstein's volcanic and sensual playing to Rachmaninoff's exquisitely shaped phrases, The Great Pianists brings to life the brilliant, stylish, and sometimes eccentric personalilties, methods, and technical peculiarities of history's greatest pianists -- from Mozart to the modern-day masters. Pulitzer Prize-winning critic and author Harold C. Schonberg presents a vivid account of each artist's performances, styles, and even their personal lives and quirky characteristics -- Mozart's intense competition with Clementi; the dandyism of Chopin; Liszt's magnetic effect on women (when he played, ladies flung their jewels on stage); Gottschalk's persistent nailbiting, which left the keys covered with blood; and Landowska's dramatic entrances, her eyes cast to the heavens, in "communion" with Bach. This new edition has been completely revised and updated to include expanded material on Horowitz, Cliburn, and others, and four new chapters detailing the playing and careers of such modern pianists as de Larrocha, Ashkenazy, Gilels, Gould, Brendel, Bolet, Gutierrez, Watts, and many others. - Back cover.

The Great Pianists brings to life the brilliant, stylish, and sometimes eccentric personalities, methods, and technical peculiarities of history's greatest pianists.

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