By Kenneth Hamilton
Pianists will locate meals for concept right here on their repertoire and the traditions of its functionality. Hamilton chronicles why pianists of the prior didn't consistently commence a bit with the 1st word of the ranking, nor finish with the final. He emphasizes that anxiousness over improper notes is a comparatively contemporary psychosis, and taking part in solely from reminiscence a comparatively fresh requirement.
Audiences will stumble upon a bright account of the way greatly various 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 contributors within the live performance adventure to passive recipients of inventive benediction from the degree. they are going to detect whilst cowed listeners finally stopped applauding among pursuits, and why they stopped speaking loudly in the course of them.
The book's huge message announces that there's not anything divinely ordained approximately our personal concert-practices, programming and piano-performance kinds. Many features of the trendy method are unhistorical-some laudable, a few in basic terms 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