Get After the Golden Age: Romantic Pianism and Modern PDF

By Kenneth Hamilton

ISBN-10: 0195178262

ISBN-13: 9780195178265

Kenneth Hamilton's ebook engagingly and lucidly dissects the oft-invoked delusion of a good culture, or Golden Age of Pianism. it really is written either for avid gamers and for contributors in their audiences by means of a pianist who believes that scholarship and clarity can pass hand-in-hand. Hamilton discusses in meticulous but vigorous 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 at the present time, how a regularly unhistorical "respect for the rating" started to substitute pianists' improvisations and diversifications, and the way the scientific customized arose that an viewers will be obvious and never heard.

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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